Skarmageddon Three – Review

September 1, 1997

Moon Ska’s Skarmageddon series has been the be-all-end-all of ska samplers; a double-disc set featuring over thirty tracks. The third one is no exception.

R.A.F.R. Vol. II – Review

September 1, 1997

Flipside showcases 30 bands ranging from established to virtual unknowns. A good release to see what the less polished underside of punk sounds like.

Verbow – Chronicles – Review

September 1, 1997

Verbow sounds big. It has the kind of wheatfield-raking feel that leads me to believe it makes one hell of an acoustic set of its own.

Totem of the Depraved – Review

September 1, 1997

His sexual exploits are explicit and often perverse, but carry with them what Richard Hell nails as “a kind of resigned, Christ-like vulnerability to love.”

The New York Hangover – Review

September 1, 1997

Great under-covers reading for any repressed boy scout, and could rouse fascinating discussions if placed on the back of the suburban family toilet.

The Duplex Planet – Review

September 1, 1997

What makes a magazine consisting of the wit, wisdom, and misheard sentences of the residents of nursing homes one of the best publications in the country?

Union 13 – East Los Presents – Review

September 1, 1997

A good stab at Hüsker Dü’s Land Speed Record in intensity. It’s more punk than hardcore, and a very refreshing glass of youthful angst on this hot sunny day.

Softkill – Review

September 1, 1997

As far as car bombs, street fighting, and creatively cheating the government go, Abbie Hoffman’s authoritative guides to pig-hunting are far more educational.

Ulver – Natens Madrigal – Review

September 1, 1997

Norwegian Black Metal that makes my skin want to jump off. Ulver, which means wolf, attempts to capture the romanticism and brutality of lycanthropy.

Chronicles of Disorder – Review

September 1, 1997

It looks much like any other hastily-assembled chapbook, full of haphazardly-layed-out text, dark Xeroxed photos, and such, but there’s love in these pages.

Tindersticks – Curtains – Review

September 1, 1997

What other band drags a whining, junksick melodica over an impatient backbeat? Or snags Ann Magnuson and Isabella Rossellini to serve as vocal foils?

The Seahorses – Do It Yourself – Review

September 1, 1997

Sadly, the debut from ex-Stone Roses guitarist John Squire new group, The Seahorses, doesn’t even approach brilliant. In fact, it doesn’t even approach “good.”

Face/Off – Review

September 1, 1997

Face/Off is an exceptional film, and hopefully, John Woo will return with another great cast and script, and continue to raise the standard of action films.

The Furthur Festival – Review

September 1, 1997

Joy! Joy and death! Momento mori, final fulfillment, revellers in the music of the ecstatic sigh. The last breath; the psychotropic dance. My eyes grin wide.

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