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October 12, 2005

Timex Social Club Social Club.

Fiona Apple has gotten back in the game with, as she says, "A Better Version of Me." Extaordinary Machine is tasteful, witty, catchy, and cool; it analyzes 21st century romance through the same lens of indifference that we all use.

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The reunited Drowningman has released one of the best post-hardcore releases of 2005. "[They're] the new Jesus Lizard rearing up in the shadows of Dillinger Escape Plan. They have no pretension, and make very few attempts to lessen their blows. Don't Push Us When We're Hot is just muscle and brains."

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Sara Evans' new record is called Real Fine Place. If you've ever heard her 2000 single "Born to Fly" during a road trip, you know Evans is a contemporary country singer who can actually sing with feeling, and not just that drip in the vocal or a little hush-hush sexuality. Evans has that stuff - yowza, look at this album's cover shot! - but she makes records that have depth inside their formula. "In that sense, Real Fine Place is the nicest kind of contemporary country. It looks at both sides of that phrase equally without losing sight of the heart at the center."

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In addition to their terrific new album Hex: or Printing in the Infernal Method (watch this space for a review soon), Earth just put out a split EP with KK Null called, incredibly, Tour Split. Its original vinyl release was a joke, like ten copies, so it's awesome that Important reissued this on CD. The Earth selection is decent, 18 minutes of drone and creep. But it's the KK Null material that's amazing. "'Andromeda' gets more work out of a stuttering bottom end and extends the noisy psychosis of its ending section until your brain is nearly mince meat and dripping down your cheeks. In other words, it's fantastic."

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"Tony Hawk's American Wasteland" sounds like the title of an unauthorized biography tracing the vertical rise and ugly, spirit-breaking fall of an extreme sports hero. It's not. Hawk's dong just fine, in fact, and "Wasteland" is just his latest handle-branded video game. It features current punk and hardcore-derived groups covering classics; believe what you will, but some of it's kind of OK. "Thrice even goes so far as to distort and treble-ize everything in their medley of Minor Threat's 'Seeing Red/Screaming at a Wall,' just to nail that DC '81 feel."

It could have been worse, you know. They could have invited Good Charlotte.

In honor of Tony Hawk's cameo in Lords of Dogtown (as an Astronaut!), here's this.

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White Sox in six.

JTL

Posted by Johnny Loftus at October 12, 2005 12:41 PM

Comments (1)

Anonymous:

Sara Evans' Assets: Agreed, but I still think she was cuter when she had a teeny bit of junk in the trunk.
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