Battery – Momentum EP – Review

January 1, 1999

When Battery started, their voltage was comparable to rubbing socks on a carpet. Now they could power up an electric chair and fry a guy to bacon.

Precipice Recordings – Review

November 1, 1998

To his music venture, former longtime Projekt Records publicist Patrick Ogle gathered a batch of quality ethereal bands encountered during his Projekt days.

Kraftwelt – Retroish – Review

November 1, 1998

These four Denmark sequencer soldiers appear to have made it their ambition to keep the electronic styling of Kraftwerk alive and microchipping.

The Martinis – Review

November 1, 1998

With all of the post-Pixies depression, it should be comforting to know that there is still a decent related project, and it doesn’t involve Frank or Kim.

Sister Soleil – Soularium – Review

November 1, 1998

The Major Label machine is bent on scooping up any seductive siren crooning away over ethereal electronic rhythms, but they got more with Stella Katsoudas.

Cirrus – Back On A Mission – Review

November 1, 1998

Cirrus’ aggressive breakbeat bent and their abundance of vocals should land the trio on mix tapes between The Crystal Method, Prodigy, Junkie XL, and Fluke.

Bikini Kill – The Singles – Review

November 1, 1998

Like Fugazi, Bikini Kill has generated plenty of attention from corporate pimps, but passed it over so they could continue releasing raw, uncompromising punk.

Ivoux – Frozen – Review

September 1, 1998

Rather than 242-inspired dance beats and rhythmic noise, this is a collection of haunting electronic ballads, honing in on Maria Azevedo’s enchanting octaves.

Free Verse – Access Denied – Review

September 1, 1998

As soon as the vocals kicked in, I was transported to a Pacific Northwest Women’s Perspective convention, with Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney moderating.

Faith & Disease – Insularia – Review

September 1, 1998

Insularia intertwines delicate female crooning with gloom-tipped tantalizing string arrangements, calling to mind 4AD and C’est La Mort’s ethereal heydays.

Catch 22 – Keasbey Nights – Review

September 1, 1998

The often aggressive-edged Catch Twenty-Two, like the Offbeatniks, Mustard Plug, Skankin’ Pickle, and Eclectics, fit between the Bosstones and Operation Ivy.

Bran Van 3000 – Glee – Review

September 1, 1998

Proving that Beck doesn’t have a monopoly on eclectic compositions, Jamie Di Salvio enlisted the aid of 20 Montreal-based musicians for this offbeat offering.

Pistel – Review

April 1, 1998

Unlike Consolidated, who are currently knee deep in Delta blues, Pistel adheres to the beats that made his previous band a club staple.

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