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Invisible Man
Invisible Man
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational, June 20 2001
This review is from: Invisible Man (Audio CD)
As the singer / songwriter for San Francisco based American Music Club Mark Eitzel has written some of the most powerfully emotive, heart wrenching lullabys since Nick Drake shook the soul in the 70's. Already heralded as one of the most significant songwriters of his generation Mark still remains unknown and misunderstood by much of the listening public. Since AMC has disbanded Mark has continued to craft emotionally charged love songs of despair and longing into some of the best songwriting San Francisco and the world for that matter has created. His newest release "The Invisible Man" which was mostly created by Eitzel himself on a personal computer shows the Bay Area troubadour adding slight sprinkles of electronica and baroque pop to his songwriting. Some say its his most accomplished work to date. One thing is for sure everyone no matter what music you listen to should have at least one Mark Eitzel or AMC album in their collection.

Take Back The Universe And Give Me Yesterday
Take Back The Universe And Give Me Yesterday
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still Ripe, June 14 2001
Poised for major breakthrough with their Dust Bros produced debut "I become Small and Go" this San Francisco indie power pop band was the next slated as the next best thing by college listeners around the country. Their much anticipated major label sophomore effort "Take Back the Universe and Give me Yesterday" finally was released last month with a mixed reception and varied applause. Although many indie purists maintain the band has sold their dynamic and emotive guitar driven pop noodling to the Everclear's of Hellfire and corporate damnation, these San Francisco darlings no doubt have created a solid, beautiful mix of intricate guitar fueled melancholy. Mature beyond their years Creeper Lagoon is still a force to be reckoned with in the years to come even if their musical chops are laced with more corporate sheen the songwriting is still ripe and tasty in the middle.

Khmer
Khmer
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4.0 out of 5 stars Neo Jazz with ambient overtones, Feb. 11 2001
This review is from: Khmer (Audio CD)
Jazz purists would be advised to stay away however those that enjoy the ambient funky textures of Bill Laswell and the trip hop beats of Thievery Corporation would find this Scandanavian release an enjoyable treat. Expressive trumpet tones play alongside back beats of all shapes and sizes. Organic drums and sprinkles of guitar drones accompany Nils as he takes you on a ephemeral journey of beautiful textures and sounds. Great music for reading, kicking back late at night or listening to headphones on. The track "On Stream" makes me stop and think everytime I listen to it as Nils' moody, melancolic, trumpet playing speaks with such emotion. A treat indeed.

Eric Burdon Declares "War"
Eric Burdon Declares "War"
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5.0 out of 5 stars War declares a classic, Feb. 11 2001
I recently heard "Tobacco Road" being played at a local record store and could not believe how unbelievably funky and inspiring the tune was. I had heard the all time classic "Spill the Wine" and its definitely was of my favorite War tracks however the other songs on this album make it an all time classic War album that I think many have overlooked. "The Vision of Hassan" is not only educational and thought provoking but has a incredible piano riff that sets the stage for this great organic album obviously recorded on a whim with spontaneous conviction. "Tobacco Road" with its 14+ minutes of congo laden groove is one of the most honest funk songs I've heard and can definitely get a dance party started in the right direction. I would not hesitate to add this steller album to your collection.

Super Sound
Super Sound
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4.0 out of 5 stars Straight Outta Finland, Jan. 16 2001
This review is from: Super Sound (Audio CD)
With hip hop beats that spiral out of control, some deep fuzz bass that will shake the fillings loose in your teeth and a batch of compositions that sound completely unique and fresh from one another these 3 production geeks have created one of the most eccletic and diverse albums of the year. Originally released in Finland before U.S. domestic release Pepe Deluxe have managed to churn out a 2001 hip grabbag of sorts that shines. With sprinkles of old 45 scratches and smoke filled upright bass riffs makes you wonder how vast and expansive these guys' record collection really is. There is something for everyone here that is the super sound of Pepe Deluxe. A mix of of Big Beat, Electro, acid jazz and rump shakin dance floor epics geared to make you listen and learn where the new skool of sound is heading. Straight outta Finland!
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Signal Hill
Signal Hill
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4.0 out of 5 stars Weeping Willows, Nov. 13 2000
This review is from: Signal Hill (Audio CD)
After hearing Dakota Hill's "Signal Hill" I can't help but think about the Red House Painters. The gentle slow moving rhythms. The melodic, tear jerking cord progressions all hint of the same sort of despair Mark Kozelek has conjured up on his solo debut "RocknRoll Singer". It's no wonder both releases can be found on San Francisco's Badman Records. Beautiful in scope, somber as a dark, rainy day Dakota Suite have made a fine record here although Red House Painters still hold the torch to light the midnight air.

Signal Hill
Signal Hill
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4.0 out of 5 stars Weeping Willows, Nov. 13 2000
This review is from: Signal Hill (Audio CD)
After hearing Dakota Hill's "Signal Hill" I can't help but think about the Red House Painters. The gentle slow moving rhythms. The melodic, tear jerking cord progressions all hint of the same sort of despair Mark Kozelek has conjured up on his solo debut "RocknRoll Singer". It's no wonder both releases can be found on San Francisco's Badman Records. Beautiful in scope, somber as a dark, rainy day Dakota Suite have made a fine record here although Red House Painters still hold the torch to light the midnight air.

Music Of A Sinking Occasion
Music Of A Sinking Occasion
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Melodic Gem, Nov. 13 2000
It's great to run across an album unknown to a large portion of the listening population which is so grand and beautiful in scope and melodicism you smile every time you hear it. This album is one of the best kept secrets. Lush, sparse instrumentation with male/female harmonies that melt with passion. Don't be put off with the throwaway first track which should have been omitted from the album since starting with track 2 the album is flawless. Great nighttime music for chilling out to. Sounds very similar to something Jim O'rourke and the Drag City crew would release. Highly recommended.

False Cathedrals
False Cathedrals
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tight as Hell!, Nov. 13 2000
This review is from: False Cathedrals (Audio CD)
Elliot's "False Cathedrals" is a contender for indie record of the year not because they write material that is especially original or groundbreaking but because they do what they do extremely well. Reminiscent of NYC's finest Quicksand, Elliot play beautiful, emotionally charged RocknRoll with pure vigor and astoundingly tight muscianship. Hats off to Kevin Ratterman who drives the band with fluid masterful drum work and fills that would make Neil Peart proud. Chris Higdon's guitar playing and vocals are also solid ranging from soft and pretty to powerfully strong and emotive. With a style similar to Gloria Record, Jimmy Eat World and Texas is the Reason Elliot melds their influences into one of the most infectious indie rock albums of the year.

Massachusetts [IMPORT]
Massachusetts [IMPORT]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nearly Perfect, Nov. 7 2000
This review is from: Massachusetts [IMPORT] (Audio CD)
This album solidifies the fact that some of the most grandest, amazing albums do not come on a major label. Massachusetts comes as close as any album I've ever heard to near perfection. Every syllable coming out of Joe's wispy, lovelorn vocals is perfectly in place. Every guitar note fits perfectly in place with the bass and drums. (....) And to think it was released in 1996. Although this album leans on a more twangy, country feel than Joe Pernice's other projects it is an album of sheer value and importance. If you seek consistent, achingly beautiful songwriting that will stand the tests of time, Joe Pernice and the Scud Mountain Boys are the find of a lifetime.

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