MTV Buzz Bin – Review

August 1, 1996

What MTV Buzz Bin is is a concise overview of post-Nirvana mainstream culture, stuff many of us have come to “love to hate” or hate ourselves for loving.

Living In Fear – Review

August 1, 1996

20 tracks from the likes of The Queers, Capitalist Casualties, The Freeze, New Bomb Turks, 88 Fingers Louie, Naked Aggression, Rhythm Collision, etc.

Jungle – Review

August 1, 1996

Sorry to burst anyone’s bubble, but “jungle,” arising primarily from black artists in the U.K., is the most significant musical innovation of the ’90s.

Joint Ventures in Ska – Review

August 1, 1996

A tribute to marijuana. A lot of big-names here: The Selecter, Bim Skala Bim, Bad Manners, Scofflaws, Buck O Nine, and Skinnerbox NYC, among others.

The Cardigans – Life – Review

August 1, 1996

An unfettered delight, as warm and comforting as the sweater from whence they got their name, and as sweet as Nina Persson’s snow-bunny smile on the cover.

TASM Lab – Thing And Nothing – Review

August 1, 1996

Jeff Till conceived Thing and Nothing “An Insanity Play in Four Parts and A Prologue” in the traditions of Zappa (musically) and William Gibson (conceptually).

Squeeze – Ridiculous – Review

August 1, 1996

Is there nothing Squeeze cannot do? Is there anything less than perfect pop songs in the vast legacy of the hundreds and hundreds they’ve written?

Spazboy – Bladow – Review

August 1, 1996

Simple, addictive, pop/punk songs about puppy love. They cover of Katrina & the Waves “Walkin’ on Sunshine” for crissake.

Ryders – Zasso – Review

August 1, 1996

Japan’s answer to punk rock with commercial potential, Ryders are sorta the land of the rising sun’s answer to Rancid.

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