Music Reviews

All reviews By Chris Coté

What’s In Jason Bennett’s iPod?

Aceyalone The Book Of Human Language

Aesop Rock Labor Days

Aloe Blacc The Aloe Blacc Ep

Bill Withers Lean On Me

Black Moon Enta Da Stage

Blame One Chemically Imbalanced

Bob Dylan Greatest Hits

Bob Marley Legend

Common One Day It’ll All Make Sense

Coper And Diet One FTS Formation

Del The Funky Homosapien No Need For Alarm

Eric B. And Rakim Paid In Full

Gangstarr Daily Operation

Gravediggaz Six Feet Deep

GZA Liquid Swords

Jimi Hendix Are You Experienced?

Kool G. Rap and D.J. Polo Rated XXX

KRS-One Return Of The Boom Bap

Nas Illmatic

Wu-Tang Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

 

Pick Of The Month

Broken Social Scene

You Forgot It In People

Arts And Crafts

Ten people playing ten instruments is always a good thing. Broken Social Scene uses its ten people very wisely and creates songs that stick to your ribs–right next to your heart. Outstanding indie rock is hard to come by these days, but if you’re looking, look no further. With sounds ranging from a rawer version of The Sea And Cake to alaska!-like walls of sound–BSS might very well be your new favorite band. I can’t tell you what to like, but if you already listen to The Postal Service, Joan Of Arc, Polyphonic Spree, or even Jack Johnson–get this disc, you’ll be loving it.

RZA

Birth Of A Prince

Wu Records

Lyrical genius and brainchild behind the Wu just came back to bend your mind with a flow that only the RZA can produce. Birth Of A Prince starts strong with eight songs that feed your brain Wu-food. I never really made it to the end of the CD, but the beginning is worth the price alone. People often say that all the Wu stuff sounds the same, but is there anything wrong with that? All I know is that the RZA shits on Eminem, and this new album will show you why.

Saves The Day

In Reverie

Dreamworks

Evolution in music is often misunderstood. When a band goes through a metamorphosis, the fans don’t always get it. In Saves The Day’s case, it started as a semi-emo, pop-punk band. But on the latest album, In Reverie, the band’s transformed into an intricate, pop-fueled music machine that brings a variation of styles into each song. Hints of jazz, blues, funk, and dreamy pop come together with Christopher Conley’s beautiful voice to create a new brand of pop music. The song “Where Are You” is the standout rocker, and “In My Waking Life” is the prettiest. This album is Saves The Day’s best yet.

Amalgamated Sons Of Rest

Amalgamated Sons Of Rest

Galaxia

Three sorrow-filled voices blend together beautifully and sing songs over sparse guitars and brooding piano. Indie-folk hero Will Oldham (Papa M, The Palace Brothers) teamed up with Jason Molina (Songs: Ohia) and Alasdair Roberts (Appendix Out) to create an amazing album. Unfortunately for fans of this album, it’s a one-off project, and the Amalgamated Sons Of Rest could be lost on the sea forever. That’s why you must get this album and be enlightened. Goes well with candlelight, Cat Power, and The Dirty Three.

The Rapture

Echoes

Universal/Motown

The Rapture is a threesome of ultra-hip New Yorkers who you want to hate because they’re so much cooler than you. But you can’t he them because their music is so amazing. The Rapture has taken cues from bass-bouncy dance-funk indie rockers Gang Of Four, but created a New York sound that’s all their own. Up-tempo, danceable bass lines are a Rapture cornerstone, and techno backbeats covered with wild singing round out the sound. Echoes starts off sounding like The Cure, but then shakes your ass with some funked-up bass. Goes well with Radio 4 and !!!. Get this album to feel more hip.

Mandy Moore

Coverage

Epic

Mandy Moore is a sweet young thing. I admit that I like her more for her looks than her music, but after her latest offering–it’s obvious that her music is catching up to her beauty. While all the songs on her newest album are cover songs–they’re all performed with heart and soul. Mandy modernizes twelve 70s and 80s classics including “Senses Working Overtime” by XTC, “One Way Or Another” by Blondie, and my personal favorite, “Breaking Us In Two,” by Joe Jackson. While I will never get the chance to go on a karaoke date with Mandy, I can listen to this disc, close my eyes, and dream.

Rufus Wainwright

Want Some

Dreamworks

It’s not often that an album full of masterful orchestrations and angelic vocal styling slips under the radar and into your ear canal–unless of course it’s a Rufus Wainwright album. Want One is a finely tuned lush garden of sound that mixes the best parts of catchy pop with the beautiful parts of opera. Texture and beauty is the theme to this album, and Rufus delivers deep lyrics with meandering passion. Similar artists that come to mind are Jeff Buckley and Elliott Smith. Wainwright has brought a full symphony to the table, and the feast is glorious.

Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack

Lost In Translation

Emperor Norton

Lost In Translation was an amazing film that shows a short slice of life and the accidental relationship of two people staying in a hotel in Japan. If you haven’t seen the movie, you really should because it’s beautifully filmed, the characters are very real, and the story is simple yet draws you in like it was your own life. One great thing about the movie was the soundtrack that fit each scene perfectly. Songs from Squarepusher, My Bloody Valentine, Death In Vegas, and Air provide perfect background music for your life.

DVD

Punk And Disorderly

Josh Pomer

Punk And Disorderly is the latest from Josh Pomer–the man behind The Kill series and many other badass surf flicks. High-performance surfers pack this video with quality action. Barney stars as Roid and serves as your host, which is great. The Santa Cruz guys along with Dane Reynolds, Bobby Martinez, the Currans, and rest of the young rulers of the world are on here. New waves and different trips make this video a must-have (even though the soundtrack should be muted).

Dragging The Lake Video Magazine Issue One

Resting Bird Entertainment

The 411 of the rock world is back to rock you again. Dragging The Lake Video Magazine is the best way to see and hear what’s going on down in the underground of indie rock, punk, hardcore, and everything surrounding the scene. This issue features Coheed And Cambria, Recover, a Black Flag segment, A Day In The Life with Mark Hoppus of blink-182, live Cursive, Sparta, The Used, and a ton of other shit. It’s cheap and awesome, so get it and watch it.

Amplified Take Two

Double Vision Films

Amplified Take Two is the follow-up to last year’s Amplified. The best part of this movie is the Irons brothers ripping Hawai‘i like only they can. Shot mostly on the North Shore, this movie will be great to get you amped up to surf Backdoor. Best if viewed with your own soundtrack. Check out the tow-in section and shit your pants–Makua Rothman and Ryan Rawson are psycho.

Yoga For Surfers Two: Fluid Power Yoga

Peggy Hall

A few months ago, Taylor Knox told us about a video he was in called Fluid Power Yoga. He also talked about a few yoga poses that helped the body loosen up before a session. I took his advice, watched the video, and learned a few stretches and poses that should help me stay loose. For any surfer feeling tight or tired during their session, yoga can help, and this DVD is a good way to start.

e follow-up to last year’s Amplified. The best part of this movie is the Irons brothers ripping Hawai‘i like only they can. Shot mostly on the North Shore, this movie will be great to get you amped up to surf Backdoor. Best if viewed with your own soundtrack. Check out the tow-in section and shit your pants–Makua Rothman and Ryan Rawson are psycho.

Yoga For Surfers Two: Fluid Power Yoga

Peggy Hall

A few months ago, Taylor Knox told us about a video he was in called Fluid Power Yoga. He also talked about a few yoga poses that helped the body loosen up before a session. I took his advice, watched the video, and learned a few stretches and poses that should help me stay loose. For any surfer feeling tight or tired during their session, yoga can help, and this DVD is a good way to start.