• Lonesome Crowded West: The Occasion's Self Titled Debut

    The Occasion The Occasion Say Hey Records The cover of the Occasion's self-titled debut album shows the buttes and sagebrush of a barren desert scape.The small mounds of lonely dirt languishing under a searing blue sky are appropriate for the music that lies within this spare and rather morose CD. It's the kind of music I'd play for a cowboy's funeral. The Occasion contains elements of country, psychedelia, and ambient all mixed into a series of dirges and narratives.Often independent music cannot be sad without being whiny or flippant because indie rockers are terrified of being earnest.

  • The Occasion, 'The Occasion' (Say Hey)

    The cover of the Occasion's self-titled debut album shows the buttes and sagebrush of a barren desert scape. The small mounds of lonely dirt languishing under a searing blue sky are appropriate for the music that lies within this spare and rather morose CD. It's the kind of music I'd play for a cowboy's funeral. The Occasion contains elements of country, psychedelia, and ambient all mixed into a series of dirges and narratives. Often independent music cannot be sad without being whiny or flippant because indie rockers are terrified of being earnest. As a result, they embrace irony to the detriment of real meaning.

  • U2 in Brooklyn: Under the Bridge

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  • Peel Slowly and See: Five Essential Sessions Recordings

    The Damned, Sessions of the Damned (Strange Fruit, 1993) If you ever heard "New Rose" and wondered how these losers got credit for making the first punk record, check out the 1976 version-and keep a bucket handy to catch your face. Joy Division, The Complete BBC Recordings (Strange Fruit, 2000) Rawer than the band's finished albums, these three 1979 sessions demonstrate just how exciting (and off-key) singer Ian Curtis could be. PJ Harvey, Too Pure-Peel Sessions (Strange Fruit, 1992) Polly Harvey was signed moments after her recording of "Sheela-Na-Gig" blew up transmitter towers from Penzance to John O'Groats. Autechre, Peel Session 1/Peel Session 2 (Warp, 1999/2001) Peel invented the song titles for the minimalist electronic duo's sessions-who can forget the first time they heard "Gaekwad"?

  • The Futureheads Kick Out the Jam at NYC's Canal Room

    The FutureheadsCanal Room, NYCNovember 3rd "This has to be the cleanest place we've ever played," said the Futureheads' frontman Barry Hyde after playing a few songs at New York's posh Canal Room. The world of $10 cocktails and bathroom attendants must be a bit unfamiliar to a band from Sunderland, a coastal town in England's North East, whose first tour involved a 14-day, 14-show jaunt through dilapidated European squats. In fact, the scene was just as unfamiliar to those who frequent rock shows in regular New York spots, which are usually far dingier and offer much better values at the bar.

  • The Last DJ: John Peel, 1939-2004

    By: Andrew Beaujon Hard-core music fans were upset by John Peel's death this past October 25 for one simple reason: When he heard songs he liked, he played them on the radio. In this direct manner, the renowned broadcaster introduced the British public, and subsequently the world, to the pleasures of artists such as Joy Division, the Cure, the Fall, and the Undertones. Peel, who suffered a fatal heart attack at age 65 while vacationing in Peru, was also instrumental in giving American indie bands such as the Pixies, Dinosaur Jr., and Nirvana a European megaphone. He arranged for hundreds of groups to lay down "Peel Sessions"-quick recording dates at the BBC's Maida Vale studios-several of which he'd air each week.

  • Jimmy Eat World - Futures

    There are basically two ways to handle sudden success: Take it as amandate to chase your muse, doin' it for art and adventure, orspend the rest of your days obliging folks who want to hear youplay your first hit single all night long. Two years after themassive pop hit "The Middle" and its young-people-in-their-BVDsvideo catapulted them from best-kept-secrecy to MTV ubiquity, JimmyEat World are at that crossroads. Rumor had it they were working ona less accessible album, one that would separate the true believersfrom the kids who just came for the underwear party.

  • Ol' Dirty Bastard: 1969-2004

    Ol' Dirty Bastard once took an MTV News crew along for a ride in a limousine--to collect food stamps. In this instance, among many priceless others, ODB truly represented the struggle between fame, fortune, and his far less glamorous roots as a welfare child. The man born Russell Jones died Saturday evening in a Manhattan recording studio; he would have turned 36 yesterday. Since the shocking news of ODB's death quickly spread across the airwaves late Saturday, the music community has lavished the Wu-Tang MC with praise. "His voice was unmatched," Roc-A-Fella labelmate Kanye West told MTV. "There was a time, when I was trying to get into hip-hop, when I would have cut off a piece of my finger to have his voice." Said Damon Dash: "Russell inspired all of us with his spirit, wit and tremendous heart.

  • R.E.M. - Around the Sun

    R.E.MAround the Sun Warner Brothers R.E.M.'s 13th record opens with an echo of the Aerosmith power ballad "Dream On," a song I doubt the Georgians ever covered, though they once did a hectic "Toys in the Attic." Still, it's appropriate, as these ex-indie heroes became arena gurus on the wings of their own power-sharing brand of power ballads ("Everybody Hurts," "Losing My Religion"). Except for the noisy, underrated MONSTER, R.E.M. have been soft-rockin' it in the free world ever since. But after the tag-team perfection of Out of Time and Automatic for the People, returns shrank steadily, bottoming out on Up UP and Reveal, cybernetic affairs recorded after drummer Bill Berry's 1997 retirement.

  • The Grudge: The Curse That Keeps On Giving

    Since the American version of the Japanese horror flick The Ring was such a colossal hit, it's no surprise that this year Hollywood presents another American facsimile of a Japanese original, The Grudge. Unlike The Ring's chilling yet smooth translation to American film, The Grudge's U.S.

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