Beck – Mutations – Review

April 1, 1999

Soaked in an ambience as warm as an old tube amp, Mutations knocks off seamless collages of organic source material with his trademark nonsense-as-wit.

Sebadoh – The Sebadoh – Review

April 1, 1999

Fear not, sensitive males and the females who break up with them, Barlow’s still cranking out the most sincere nice-guy rock in the land.

VVV – Endless – Review

April 1, 1999

Vega’s “return to roots” album (if the misshapen, denuded weedlets that sprout from the cracks of Avenue A can be considered roots).

Fuck – Conduct – Review

April 1, 1999

Although Conduct is a somewhat more plugged-in affair than their previous disc, Pardon My French, the rockier moments lack the thrust of macho metallurgy.

Bauhaus – Crackle – Review

January 1, 1999

Far from being bleak and forbidding, Bauhaus was inclusive, their cold blood a warm sacrament for the scrabbling weevils crawling over the teenage underbelly.

Robert Pollard – Waved Out – Review

January 1, 1999

Truth is, as reflexively brilliant and endlessly prolific as Pollard remains, for a guy that puts out as much as he does, he’s the biggest rocktease around.

Kahimi Karie – Review

January 1, 1999

A little retro, a little neo (space-age bossa nova lounge trip-pop, for those keeping score), and contributions from many one-named sound hybridizers.

Marvel Kind – Mini – Review

November 1, 1998

The new EP from Marvel Kind, an amalgam as curious as any I’ve chanced upon in recent months, again and again shoves many questions to the fore.

Skyward – Review

November 1, 1998

A startlingly diverse supporting cast helps Skyward bring his vision to fruition, from members of his former bands to drop-ins.

Pulp – This Is Hardcore – Review

November 1, 1998

They’re poppy without being derivative, literate without being pretentious, Jarvis Cocker has that sexy-nerd thing happening like no British musician in years.

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