From Sights & Sounds
in HUSTLER MAGAZINE – February 2010
I’m Not a Fan, But the Kids Like It!
If AFI and Lil Jon had unprotected drunken sex in an alley and later had a kid (addicted to cough medicine), it would be Brokencyde. Their fucked-up debut disc is a brilliant mix of crunk and screamo perfect for you and your bastard kids.
I Love You
Look out, Peaches! Another horny electro chick is taking over! Amanda Blank’s flawless dance disc is a sexed-up mix of computer- driven beats, New Wave rhythms and vintage funk that is sure to get your ass sweating.
As lead singer of L.A. punk rock outfit X, Exene is a legendary music pioneer. The woman can do no wrong in our eyes. Her newest solo disc (her first since 1991) is a dreamy (yet edgy), heartfelt, country-tinged affair with moments of bliss and brilliance.
LA COKA NOSTRA
A Brand You Can Trust
Hip-hop is back, motherfuckers! Raw, rough and ready, the debut CD from this L.A. collective is the best thing to come out of rap since Dr. Dre’s The Chronic. The group is made up of House of Pain (Everlast, Danny Boy and DJ Lethal) with guests Ill Bill, Slaine and Snoop Dogg.
This Is Thirteen
The hapless stars of the greatest heavy metal documentary of all time return! Their most-even studio CD to date is a solid blast of hard rock packed with slamming drums and crunchy guitars.
DENNIS DIKEN WITH BELL SOUND
The drummer of New Jersey rockers the Smithereens was born too late. He really should have been part of the ’60s. Diken’s love of ’60s rock, the Beach Boys and Spector’s Wall of Sound permeates his solo disc with Bell Sound. Late Music features harmonies, hooks and guests Jason Faulkner and the Honeys.
Lust in Space
Need a kick-your-teeth-in blast of raunch ’n’ roll? You know that you do! Luckily Gwar, who are never ones for subtlety, are back with a hard-core aural assault of cartoon violence and heavy metal madness. Highlights include “Metal Metal Land” and “Make a Child Cry.”
Into the Presence
The drummer has played with both Primus and A Perfect Circle. The singer/guitarist is a respected sessions player with an otherworldly falsetto that will chill you to the bone. The combination is a scary-good blend of progressive rock.
Closer to the Bone
Country legend. Master storyteller. American songwriting genius. Coolest guy in the room. That’s Kris Kristofferson. Stripped down and intense, this disc is packed with country folk tales all filtered through his well-worn voice. Some things get better with age.
Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy
Miracle Legion/Polaris frontman Mark Mulcahy has influenced everyone from Radiohead’s Thom York to Vic Chesnutt. This tribute disc—which features the aforementioned artists as well as Josh Rouse, Juliana Hatfield, Frank Black and dozens more—helps Mulcahy raise his twin three-year-olds following the sudden death of his wife.
In 1973, Rosanne Cash’s father handed her a list of vital American songs she should know. No big deal, except her dad was the legendary “Man in Black,” Johnny Cash. This disc draws from that list and features guest vocalists Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello and Jeff Tweedy. The miraculous result would make her dad proud.
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