Reviews.

What’s In Jay Phillips’ iPod?

Metallica Kill ‘Em All

The Clash London Calling

Sex Pistols Nevermind The Bollocks

The Sunny Boys Tunnel Of My Love

Kyuss Welcome To Sky Valley

Björk Human Behaviour

Tool Aenima

Tool Undertow

Kut U Up Pulled Over

The Mars Volta De-loused In The Comatorium

Helmet Meantime

Monster Magnet Monster Magnet

Midnight Oil Diesel And Dust

Rollerball Spaceballs

Sprung Monkey Sprung Monkey

T.S.O.L. Dance With Me

The Who You Better You Bet

50 Cent Get Rich Or Die Tryin’

Bob Marley Legend

All reviews by Chris Coté

Sea Ray

Stars At Noon

The Self Starter Foundation

This New York space-jam band must live on the other side of town from Interpol and The Strokes because this band sounds way different. Sea Ray plays a nice blend of Brit-pop à la Coldplay or Travis, while meshing the shoegazer style of American Analog Set and even Radiohead. Stars At Noon is their second album and judging by their obvious talent, they’ll be around for a long time. You should own this disc.

The Kickass

Death Metal Is For Pussies

Bifocal Media

Math-metal-instrumental-electro-dreamy-skechty-weird-keyboard-crazy-riffy-radical–this is The Kickass. Don Caballero meets The F–king Champs. The songs on this album are impossibly technical and long. This is some serious mathed-out, drum solo, guitar-wizard shit.

Sunshine

Necromance

GSL

Electro-thrash-goth-rock is here in the form of the new Sunshine album. If Bauhaus were still around and had access to modern keyboards, they’d sound like this album. Sunshine is rocking hard with Necromance, and you’ll be rocking with them as soon as you go get this record. Fans of The Rapture and The Faint will be feeling this.

The After Party

Yes Sir

Rowboat Records

The After Party is a solid rocking band from San Diego, California. Their sound is akin to Built To Spill with less emo-core, and more pop-rock. All the songs on this disc are rippers. I’ve heard people say The After Party is a mix between Modest Mouse and Tom Petty–sounds strange, but it’s true. Check this band out, I know you’ll love them.

Green Day

1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours

Lookout

Green Day’s first album has been remastered and rereleased with a ton of extra features. If you already have it, buy it again. If you don’t have it, buy it now. Anyone who’s ever heard this album will instantly be taken back to 1990 and down memory lane. This record is one of our generation’s classics so show it the respect it deserves and buy the rerelease. If not for the love of Green Day, buy it for the bonus features like 20 minutes of live performances, interviews, and more!

Robert Plant

Sixty Six To Timbuktu

Atlantic

As the lead singer of Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant got a lot of action from thousands of female fans. After Led Zeppelin split, Robert went back to the studio numerous times and created some amazing albums as a solo artist. Sixty Six To Timbuktu is a greatest hits compilation of some of his best solo stuff. The first disc is all his best including “Big Log,” “Heaven Knows,” and “Sea Of Love.” The second disc features cover songs and bonnus live songs. In my opinion, “Big Log” is one of the greatest songs ever, if you haven’t heard it, hear it.

DVD

Are You Alright?

TransWorld SKATEboarding

From the second I pushed play on the DVD ’till the end (over an hour later) I was baffled, entertained, excited, and in awe of the skating shown. TWS filmers Jon Holland and Jason Hernandez rented an RV and went to all the best parks in the Pacific Northwest and wrecked them all. The crew is legendary featuring Pat Duffy, Clint Peterson, Hairball, Danny Way, Donny Barley, Jake Brown, Danger, and more. To see the best parks in the world being utterly dominated, get this DVD. Bonus awesome photography by Ped Urtz.

Yeah Right

Girl Films

Girl Films released the much-anticipated Yeah Right a few months back, and it was one of the best videos ever. Now available on DVD with bonus features and new footage–it’s even better.

Blue Man Group

The Complex Rock Tour Live

Lava

To see one of the most amazing rock spectacles ever created you need to go to Las Vegas and buy a 100-dollar ticket to see The Blue Man Group live, or buy this new DVD and watch it over and over like I’ve been doing for the past week. The show put on by The Blue Man Group is nothing less than amazing. Backed by a band a dozen strong, the three blue men bring the noise and their custom-made instruments. I can’t explain how awesome this show is, just trust me–you will be in awe.

U2

Go Hom– Live From Slane Castle, Ireland

Interscope

I like U2, but I’m not one of those U2 freaks. I did however, get chills at the beginning of every song played on this live DVD. U2’s live set is amazing and very politically charged. All the hits are here, and Bono is at his all-time high-energy best, proving yet again, he’s one of rock’s best frontmen. This concert was U2’s triumphant return home, and they rocked harder than ever.

Books

Jambands: The Complete Guide To The Players, Music, And Scene.

By Dean Budnick

This book is a “complete guide to the players, music, and scene” of the Jamband scene. The scene consists of bands that jam, like Phish, Widespread Panic, Gov’t Mule, and of course, The Grateful Dead. Author Dean Budnick has really done his homework here and fills over 270 pages with everything you’ll ever need to know about jam bands. The only thing not included is an acid tab and some weed.