Moving In Stereo: Volume 3
as heard by Darren Paltrowitz
Although only a month since the release of Moving In Stereo: Volume 2, there is definitely no shortage of worthwhile entertainment. As we edge closer to the mid-point of 2004, the status quo of the Billboard Top 200 may be questionable as ever. However, the loyalty of this column’s readers definitely shows that there are some self-sufficient, independent-minded people out there looking to make things better. And if you can think anything that would make this column better, feel free to get in touch with me via the e-mail address listed below.
The annual South By Southwest music conference may temporarily direct the music industry’s attention to
…From The Studio
Whether or not you believe that it was actually Green Day on the Adeline Records-released Money Money 2020 album by The Network, a major-label follow-up to Warning is currently being recorded. The disc does not yet have a name, but 35 songs have been written for it and a September release date should be anticipated…Cave-In recently completed several weeks of pre-production in
…From The Stereo
Have you heard the new CD from Piebald? All Ears, All Eyes, All The Times is more straight-forward with the rock than 2002’s superb We Are The Only Friends We Have, yet just as reflective. In the rare case of Travis Shettel and company, a handful of piano-based songs about maturity isn’t a bad thing for this always-charismatic band…The Living End may be one of the biggest groups Australia has ever seen, but they are still far from a Gold-selling act (500,000 copies) in America. MODERN ARTillery most likely won’t catapult the trio into Beatlemania over here, although this is a mostly-solid album filled with all the expected anthem-like, sing-along choruses. “Who’s Gonna Save Us?” makes for a great first single…The re-issue of Jawbreaker’s Dear You, a undeniable cult-classic, is in all ways an essential purchase as it contains the music video for “Fireman” alongside five bonus tracks. If you think the world of “emo” bands that have cracked the aforementioned Billboard chart and have not checked out the Rob Cavallo-produced Dear You, you have work cut out for you.
…From The Ex’s
It’s been more than “six long years” since Matt Sharp left Weezer (whose Video Capture Device DVD is the best band-related video release that I’ve ever seen and will probably be the best thing playable on a Playstation 2 console until Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas hits shelves) and five years since the last Rentals full-length, but the guy hasn’t gone completely AWOL. Despite last Fall’s on-stage reunion with Rivers Cuomo, with whom he has been co-writing for an upcoming project, Sharp has put out both a self-titled album and the Puckett’s Versus The Country Boy EP through In Music We Trust. The synthesizers and female vocals have been replaced by acoustic guitars and a vibe of relaxation…While nothing’s been heard from Sharp’s temporary replacement (and former Juliana Hatfield bassist) Mikey Welsh since a 2001 album alongside former Mighty Mighty Bosstones guitarist Nate Albert in The Kickovers, other members of the Bosstones family are using their hiatus time well. Former saxophonist Dennis Brockenborough has a new band, Chubby, and not a single drop of ska can be heard on Is It Time?, a straight-up rock effort. Meanwhile, rumors are circulating that vocalist Dicky Barrett may be working on a solo disc, however, until then, he can be seen every night on ABC as the announcer of Jimmy Kimmel Live, which is both one of funniest and most consistent shows to ever hit network programming.
…From The Stage
Country music may not be one of my three favorite genres, but every now and then I stumble across an exceptional country-oriented artist -- and in this case I found Allison Moorer; she has a voice that’ll sound familiar if you’ve heard the original radio version of Kid Rock’s crossover hit, “Picture.” Playing a showcase for Sugar Hill Records at Joe’s Pub, Moorer was backed by a solid four-piece band and hammered out the majority of her soulful forthcoming album, The Duel. Moorer will be heading over to the
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