Idle Chatter – Column

October 1, 1995

Here’s an update on the post-CBS whereabouts of The Kids in the Hall’s Kevin McDonald . He’s been spotted, in… uh… National Lampoon’s Senior Trip.

James Kochalka Superstar – Review

October 1, 1995

There is no sane way to review this CD. 44 minutes of songs, covers, sounds and either madly witty lyrics, or stupid-as-hell stories/parodies. Or something.

Spacemen 3 – Singles – Review

October 1, 1995

Allow the glorious feedback of Sonic Boom to caress thine skin and alter thine eyes as the stumbling auditory brook splashes you to see the secrets of Now.

Ipecac Loop – Ex – Review

October 1, 1995

Almost entirely instrumental, using synths and sampling to create an evil, eerie, Middle Eastern-type motif. Capable of inspiring more maleficence than Slayer.

Witchy Poo – Mixed Metaphor – Review

October 1, 1995

21 folks from the Olympia, WA scene contribute to this 7″. The result is a glorious mish-mosh of indie-ish sounds, incoherent in the best sense of the word.

Son of Lucy – Review

October 1, 1995

The singer has the attitude, but not a strong enough voice, to compliment the fine-tuned feedback rock of the rest of the band.

Violet Ray – “Secret” – Review

October 1, 1995

Swirling, feminine, under-produced stuff from Seattle. It’s kind of hard to listen to, but they have a mysterious, untouchable quality about them.

Grither – All Smiles – Review

October 1, 1995

Guitars. Lots of ’em. Buzzing, whirring, thudding, clanging and coughing over every bit of this disc, giving a little needed juice and texture.

Grinch – Eden – Review

October 1, 1995

When the vocals step out of the throaty any-note-will-do approach, the melodies are haunting and gorgeously ugly.

Gem – “Sheep” – Review

October 1, 1995

The all-star game of the Cleveland, Ohio’s underground scene includes members from Prisonshake, Death of Samantha, Cobra Verde, and the Four Coyotes.

Yellow Pills – Volume 3 – Review

October 1, 1995

A series of records devoted to power pop, which essentially means catchy, guitar-based, American-sounding pop tunes. It’s 21 of those songs – in a row.

Garbage – Review

October 1, 1995

Remember Curve? Well, chuck that wall of shoegaze haze, toss in a few funky beats (courtesy of producer Butch Vig) and you have a rough blueprint for Garbage.

Down – NOLA – Review

October 1, 1995

New Orleans groove, Sabbath-influenced megaband. I smelled label money, psycho deathneck-loving mediocrity on this one, but I was pretty wrong.

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