Curse – Review

July 23, 2003

Dark, brooding, mythical rock. Slow to mid-tempos, with Mikaela’s voice hovering and dangling, then soaring away, to pause and tease until you catch up again.

Your Scene Sucks – Review

July 23, 2003

Hard. Core. Indeed, it takes physical strength to play the kind of music on this relentless 28-song sampler. Not a lot of snotty-voiced kids made the cut.

The L.A. Shakedown! – Review

July 23, 2003

Some will be too “street punk” or “mod/garagey” for ya, but it’s just cool to hear bands on TKO and Hellcat back-to-back with Estrus/Bomp!/In the Red bands.

The First Crush Compilation – Review

July 23, 2003

Reissue of the highly-influential ’97 comp with impossible-to-find tracks (that aren’t very good) by Jimmy Eat World, Mineral, At The Drive-In, and Pop Unknown.

Summer Solution 2002 – Review

July 23, 2003

Summer Solution 2002 gives me hope that New England still produces great bands and isn’t all hyped-up bullshit garage rock/emo acts who dress the part.

Smoking Popes Tribute – Review

July 23, 2003

Smoking Popes hailed from Chicago, wrote smart, delicately melodic powerpop, made deceptively simply “punky” chords sound sweet, and this is their tribute.

Don’t F**k With Us – Review

July 23, 2003

Mix (old school) Slayer with (very old school) Ministry & play it through a crappy stereo system, so everything (drums, vocals, sequences) is distorted.

Ani DiFranco – Evolve – Review

July 23, 2003

She uses horns, dips her toes in funky waters, and figures out piano chords to noodle in avant garde jazz. This is not the reason to listen to Ani DiFranco.

Punchbaby – Review

July 23, 2003

Punchbaby is the kind of place you can browse for hours, finding enough goofy links and Quicktime movies to fill up your friends’ inboxes for months.

Penny Arcade – Review

July 23, 2003

I don’t care if you follow video game culture or not, Penny Arcade is the fucking funniest online comic strip out there.

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