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The Crystal Method – Tweekend

Posted by Jeffrey Rooks on July 31, 2001
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Category: Music Reviews (CDs/DVDs)
Tweekend is the Crystal Method’s deeper, darker follow up to their 1998 release Vegas. This much anticipated follow up appears, at a glance, to be a total disappointment. It all but trashed he ideas and concepts that Vegas has established and assumed a crunchier, rougher exterior edge. But the root is still distinctly Crystal Method. While Vegas is a commanding disc, which shouts, “I’m the shit,” from the very start, Tweekend says virtually nothing. Instead,Read More

On the State of Electronica Today

Posted by Jeffrey Rooks on July 21, 2001
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Category: Music
Through out history music has changed and shaped out lives. Prior to the turn of the 20th century, music could only be experienced live. It was performed in concert halls or perhaps on the street. Over the course of the last hundred years, music has become more than just notes on paper or theories about harmony and melody; it has become a portable, tangible object. Radios and 78’s allowed music to be exchanged, transmitted andRead More
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Darren Emerson – Global Underground 20: Singapore

Posted by Jeffrey Rooks on July 10, 2001
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Category: Music Reviews (CDs/DVDs)
Darren Emerson’s second Global Underground release is even funkier than his first. He has also perfected his electro sound, using funky, futuristic electronica to offset the tribal rhythms. As a DJ, he has expanded his ability to create progressive sets and to shape the sound of his set in order to work the crowd. His Singapore set is an extension of his earlier Uruguay release, complete with even more electro rhythms and Andies Mountains influencedRead More
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Tricky – Blowback

Posted by Jeffrey Rooks on June 26, 2001
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Category: Music Reviews (CDs/DVDs)
Tricky’s latest release is an abomination of music, if not noise as well. There are only two modestly redeeming tracks on the entire album. #1 Da Woman, which ends up sounding more like Matthews Sweet covering a song from the old TV show the Banana Splits, and Your Name, which is more like an ambient perversion of Abba or Ace of Base. The majority of the tracks sound like musical masturbation and at no pointRead More
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Radiohead – Amnesiac

Posted by Jeffrey Rooks on June 5, 2001
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Category: Music Reviews (CDs/DVDs)
If Kid A was the concept, Amnesiac is most certainly the production demo. Radiohead has perfected its brainchild and produced an album that is slightly more manageable. This is the simplified version, not quite ready for mass consumption. Amnesiac should be consumed on the same level as it?s forefather, as a canvas designed to be seen in its entirety, and not just a compilation of songs. And yet, it is easier to separate and dissect.Read More
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