• 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.

  • Deerhoof Stomps out the Competition at the Ranch

    The RanchColumbia, MO11/09/04 Every once in a while, you see a band that's just so terrible that you might call them "the worst band ever." On this night, at least for this writer, Minus Story earned that dubious sobriquet. Comprised of four men from Boonville, MO, Minus Story, at its best, comes off as a rockier version of Dashboard Confessional doing horribly heartfelt covers of classic indie rock songs. Of course, Minus Story isn't a cover band, and that's too bad, because that means the responsibility of the lackluster material lands squarely on the people performing it. Luckily, Kansas City's the Ssion came out next to clear the air.

  • Looking for America: An Online Exclusive

    "Few of us will have the will to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation." ROBERT F. KENNEDY "I have always kept an open mind, which is necessary to the flexibility that must go hand in hand with every form of intelligent search for truth." MALCOLM X I have sat in my Brooklyn, New York apartment, quietly, for several days now, too perplexed to talk with many people, friends or not, about the American presidential election of 2004. I have read mainstream and alternative news accounts of the campaign both on and offline, absorbed statistics and exit polls, sifted through the debates, flipped between CNN and the Fox News Channel, dodged most emails and phone calls coming my way, asking me what I thought it meant that President George W.

  • Check out Jay-Z and Linkin Park's "Numb/Encore" collab

    Ever since Dangermouse mashed up the nasal tones of Jay-Z with the psychedelia of the Beatles' White Album, people have been mixing up Jay's rap with anything they could find. I wouldn't be surprised to find an MP3 somewhere that layers "99 Problems" with the Captain and Tennille. But no one since Dangermouse has come up with such a beautiful melding of genres like Jay-Z's recent collaboration with Linkin Park, "Numb/Encore." The song combines Jay's hard hitting vocals with Linkin Park's massive, almost ambient, sound. A live choir adds a gospel feel to the track. The video for "Numb/Encore," premiered November 10th on the MTV network as part of a program called MTV ULTIMATE MASH-UPS (10:30 pm eastern/pacific). Collision Course, the CD + DVD package will be available in stores November 30th.

  • Faultlines in *All Roads Lead to Fault*, Debut Album from Your Code Name is: Milo

    By: Jessica Grose In their typical histrionic fashion, the British music press has nearly wet itself over the recent crop of United Kingdom rockers. The advance buzz over bands like the Futureheads, the Zutons, and most recently, YourCodeNameIs: Milo, has been excessive and, in most cases, undeserved. YCNI: M's debut album, All Roads Lead to Fault, which comes out on today, so impressed Kerrang! that the magazine exclaimed, "2004 is theirs already." NME followed suit and called All Roads Lead to Fault, "primal noise core." Exclamations and other unnecessary punctuation (most notably in the band's name) aside, All Roads Lead to Fault is a competent punk pop album, and not much more.

  • Q & A: Grandaddy's Jason Lytle is Living "Below the Radio"

    By: Jessica Grose There is an art to making the perfect mix tape. A well-designed compilation can inspire the deepest emotions, which is why they're often used as tools for wooing. The best mix tape I ever received began with a Grandaddy song, A.M. 180, off of their first full-length, Under the Western Freeway. The song made me feel invincible, especially when lead singer Jason Lytle sings, "We'll diffuse bombs / and walk marathons/ and take on whatever together," against what sounds like circus music. Lytle knows a few things about the importance of mix tape construction.

  • Interpol: Selling the Drama

    InterpolThe Warfield, San FranciscoOct. 25 Interpol was just about finished with its nerve-melting set at San Francisco's Warfield when the music stopped, and not in an Ashlee Simpson kind of way. While ripping through their hit single "PDA," they dialed up a classic rock 'n' roll ploy: the dramatic pause for effect. Guitarist Daniel Kessler froze while bassist Carlos D gazed stoically into the crowd, his shoulders rising and falling with each heavy breath. Paul Banks drifted back from the mic and into the shadows, while drummer Sam Fogarino and keyboardist Blasco maintained ready positions. It was as if a silent alarm had just been triggered: Danger!

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