Tom Waits, one of the most significant artists of the last 30 years, will release two albums simultaneously on April 9, 2002. Red Drum and Alice will be,
according to Epitaph "Startlingly different in landscape, sound, emotion and composition," For more info check out www.anti.com. Don't know who Tom Waits is? Shame on you, kid! Ask
your parents. Unless they spent the better part of the 70's listening to old Pat Boone records, they might be able to clue you in.
The following are some condensed critiques for your consumption.
Idaho has never received the recognition they deserve and they probably never will. They have contributed as much to the Slow-Core movement as Nirvana did
for Grunge, but have always remained just below the radar. Their latest offering, Levitate, is cleverly disguised as a Jeff Martin solo album, having played everything on it but drums. The production
value is far superior to any previous Idaho release, or anything else I've heard this year for that matter. A beautifully crafted, piano-driven album that reinstates just how important this band really
is, Levitate completes another superb chapter for the sleepy at heart. Fans of Red House Painters or Low should defiantly have a few Idaho releases in their collection.
DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE
THE PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM
For the amount of releases Death Cab for Cutie have shelled out, it's hard to believe they've only been together for three years. Their recipe can be
described as Built to Spill blended with Elliott Smith with a sprinkle of Superchunk. At times they even bring the same vibe as former Madison locals System & Station. While their Joshua Tree appears
to have been last years We Have the Facts and we're voting yes. The Photo Album proves to be another collection of well written, catchy pop songs. "Styrofoam Plates" is one of the finest songs
I've heard all year, well worth the price of the disc alone.
I Will Live in You Where Your Heart Used to Be
no clear element connected with Brady Brock's music that hurdles him above the heap of other singer-songwriters. But the foundation is definitely there. A sound that falls somewhere between Dashboard
Confessional and a peppier Damien Jurado; Brock's debut album shows us there are only positives to come in the future from this New York native. He's much like Milwaukee's Best. Sure, it's not your
favorite beer. If you had a choice you'd pick another. But Dammit, It's Friday night, you paid $5.00 for the cup, and you're going to have a good time regardless. So who knows, with a little persisitance
and an album or two later, Brady Brock could turn into your favorite beer.
Indie Release Dates:
Silver Jews: Bright Flight (Drag City) 11/20
Teenage Fanclub: Howdy (Thirsty Ear) 11/20
Mary Lou Lord: City Sounds (Rubric) 12/4
Anniversary: Your Majesty (Vagrant) 1/15
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