October 16, 2001
The Bellraysclick to read more
title:: Let It Blast
label:: Vital Gesture Records (LA, CA)
The Bell Rays sound like Tina Turner fronting the MC5.
Heavy, heavy rock with great soulful female vocals.
If you like the rock, you will like this CD; simple as that.
Cambodian Rocksclick to read more
label:: Parallel World (NY)
The story goes that the compiler was travelling on a bus in Cambodia when he heard a strange tape and asked the bus driver about it. He was told this style of music was known as circle dance music.
I think fans of GS I Love You, Girls in the Garage, Garage Unknowns, The Ventures, The Headcoatees, Curtis Mayfield, or Santana will love this compilation.
Corneliusclick to read more
title:: Point Of View Point
label:: Trattoria (Japan)
Point is as complex and strange as it is fun and playful. It Mixes acoustic guitars and percussion with gorgeous vocal harmonies.
Cornelius now uses fewer samples and fools around with the vocals only to create more prolonged sounds.
Negativlandclick to read more
title:: These Guys Are From England
This Negativland cd contains the first chance for many of us to be able to hear their infamous U2 single (tracks 3 and 4 on this disc - amongst a bunch of all quite different live versions).
In 1991 U2's label brought a suit against Negativland. In the end, the single was recalled and destroyed, and Negativland were forced into a long drawn court battle.
Tina & the Total Babesclick to read more
title:: She's So Tuff
label:: Sympathy For The Record Industry
A stupendous homage to the punky power pop of the late '70s-early '80s.
Originals blend seamlessly with some choice covers (including Holly & the Italians' "Tell That Girl to Shut Up").
Lisa Carbonclick to read more
title:: Trio De Janeiro
Rerelease of a record that came out in 1995 on Uwe Schmidt's 'Rather Interesting' label.
Trio De Janeiro is a mostly laid back instrumental swing through latin flavored water, coming close at times to the jazzy 'Flanger' project he does with Burnt Friedman.
I Love Sergeclick to read more
label:: Mercury France
For this compilation CD, contemporary electronic musicians/DJs remix some of Gainsbourg's most well-known songs.
On the whole, it's interesting to hear how the album shifts between styles, exploring areas of dub, deep house, disco-pop, and trip hop.
Station 17+click to read more
label:: Mute (Germany)
Station 17 is a Hamburg based band (which I had never heard of) who have released 4 LPs.
On this double LP 16 songs written by Station 17 get remixed by 14 different German electronic artists, with the whole package brought to a high gloss with Stefan Betke mastering.