Music Reviews & Tim Reyes’ Top Ten

Tim Reyes’ Top Ten

Bob Marley Legend

The Cure Disintegration

Young Buck Straight Outta Cashville

Lil Wayne The Block Is Hot

G-Unit Beg For Mercy

Sublime 40 Oz. To Freedom

blink-182 blink-182

Snoop Dogg The Doggfather

Nirvana Nevermind

2Pac/Makeiaveli … everything

Thunderbirds Are Now!

Justamustache

Frenchkiss

Right when you put this CD in you’ll be like, “What is this?” Then after a few seconds you’ll be asking yourself, “Do I like this?” Then the second song will start and you’ll be moving your ass around because you realize you love it. This young band plays wild, snappy, new-wave, whirling art-punk. One critic called this band a “twitchy dance party”-I couldn’t agree more. Think a spastic, punkier version of The Faint or a slower, more understandable, better version of The Locust.

Bebel Gilberto

Bebel Gilberto

Ziriguiboom/Six Degrees

Bebel Gilberto’s voice is like a dream. She sings in both English and Portuguese, and her sexy style evokes passion and sophistication. While singing in English, her slight accent adds a foreign flair to an already beautiful sound. The music is lounge-like, featuring acoustic guitars, subtle electronic touches, and a dreamy feel reminiscent of Sade, Arto Lindsay, and a relaxed Bjà®rk. If you’re looking for something to chill to or trying to be more sophisticated, listen to Bebel Gilberto.

The Makers

Stripped

Kill Rock Stars

The Makers play modern-glam, hot-rock for people who like to party. Songs like “Hot Kiss” and “Take A Ride” make you want to put on leather pants, a feather boa, and drink ’til dawn. You can feel the singer falling all over stage making sexual movements while he sings. The songs on Stripped are rerecorded versions of songs originally done between 1991 and 1998 (before The Makers went fully glam and lush). If you like fuzzy, sleazy, garage rock, you’ll love this new (but old) Makers disc.

Atticus

… Dragging The Lake Vol. 3

Side One Dummy

On the third installment of the … Dragging The Lake series, Atticus and Side One Dummy bring in the big guns and some newbies to give you their best compilation yet. In the mix of 24 unreleased tracks are bands such as blink-182, Taking Back Sunday, Death Cab For Cutie, The Sounds, Name Taken, Lucero, and The Kinison-just to name a few. Pick this disc up, maybe you’ll find a band you love.

Prefuse 73

Surrounded By Silence

Warp

With an eclectic mix of guests (Ghostface, EL-P, Kazu from Blonde Redhead, Tyondi Braxton, Masta Killa, GZA, Beans, and Aesop Rock) and an even more eclectic sample and production sound, this is one disc you haven’t heard anything like. This is a record of collaborations with artists that Prefuse 73 loves. He must’ve also been collaborating with aliens-this disc is modern martian trip-hop.

Whole Wheat Bread

Minority Rules

Fighting

In their own words, “People joke about us looking like NWA and sounding like Green Day.” It’s true, although they may look more like G-Unit and sound more like early Blink-182. This Jacksonville, Florida band plays straight-up pop punk with raw energy and passion. Sure, playing up the whole “black punk” thing is marketable, but if you like bands like MXPX, Green Day, or Face To Face, you’ll like Whole Wheat Bread, too.

Trembling Blue Stars

The Seven Autumn Flowers

Bar/None

Dreamy pop has been a style of music slowly gaining mainstream acceptance. With bands like The Postal Service and Death Cab For Cutie making waves, Trembling Blue Stars should be getting its due soon enough. The soft, wavy songs are a treat to tired ears and a perfect background to any leisure activity-especially romance. If you like American Analog Set, or The Cure’s lighter songs, you’ll love The Seven Autumn Flowers.

DVD

Live Aid

The Day Music Changed The World

Rhino

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to the best concert DVD ever. On July 13, 1985, the world’s biggest bands bandded together for a televised concert called Live Aid. The concert was planned by Bob Geldof to raise money for hunger in Africa. On that day, 85 percent of the world’s TVs were tuned in to Live Aid. It became the biggest concert in history with performances by David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Sting, The Who, U2, Neil Young, and many, many more. Now, a decade later, it’s available in a four-DVD set. Royalties will benefit Band Aid Trust, which continues to provide direct hunger relief in Africa. This is a must-own.

The Mystic

Billygoat Productions

The latest Billygoat features the world’s best surfers, refreshing underwater angles, and slow-motion barrels that will chill you out, while 16mm footage of all your favorites will make you yearn to surf. The soundtrack is chill, and the locations are bright blue. The best section is Kelly Slater tossing into twelve-foot Cloudbreak-damn. Check this film out if you’re looking for an artsy, clean, and beautiful surf film.

Looking For A thrill: An Anthology Of Inspiration

Thrill Jockey

This documentary features interviews from your favorite Thrill Jockey bands, including Tortoise, Trans Am, and Sea And Cake, as well as interviews with Bjà®rk, Ian MacKaye, Mike Watt, Jon Spencer, and members of Mudhoney, Yo La Tengo, and Sonic Youth just to name a few. What is everybody talking about? Influences-now you can finally found out who influenced the people who influence you. It provdes amazing insight into the minds of genius musicians.

Games

Ratchet And Clank: Up Your Arsenal

Insomniac Games

Weapons, weapons, and more weapons-that’s what the commercials for Ratchet And Clank: Up Your Arsenal promise-and yes, they deliver. This game is great if you like to blow stuff up, which most of us do. This is one of those games that’s bright, loud, and just plain fun, so go ahead and sit on your ass for a while shooting laser cannons and whatnot.

Book Nook

Surfer Girl: A Guide To The Surfing Life

By Sanoe Lake with Steven Jarrett

$13

Sanoe Lake is one of our favorite female shredders, and by far our top Blue Crusher. If you liked Taj Burrow’s Book Of Hot Surfing but you couldn’t really relate because you were a girl, here’s your answer. Surfer Girl explains everything from talking the talk to actually walking the walk. Stretching, how to dress, surf history-its all here. Listen to Sanoe-she knows what she’s doing.