POSTED 30 JULY 2001
The much-publicized dissolution of her lengthy relationship with
Julie Cypher has prompted Melissa Etheridge to dig deep inside and
pull out the most immediate and undeniable album of her career.
While she has never been one to shrink from exposing her wounds,
here her nakedness doesn't feel at all like rock-star posturing.
This time it's personal.
Listen to "Lover Please"
"Shangri-La Dee Da"
Stone Temple Pilots
STP's fifth album is something of a summary of all that's come
before in the Southern California foursome's tumultuous history.
While the crushing opener, "Dumb Love," signals a return to their
grunge roots, Scott Weiland and company soon branch off into poppier
directions. One thing you've got to give this group: they're never
short of hooks!
Listen to "Wonderful"
After reviving his career in the '90s by transforming himself from
a rockabilly cat to a swinging maestro, Brian Setzer hops back in
the hot rod and navigates a U-turn with his latest. Exploring the
high-energy sounds that first brought him fame as the leader of the
Stray Cats, Setzer shows he's not forgotten how to rock it inside
Listen to "Hot Rod Girl"
"Don't Tell the Band [Digipak]"
Widespread Panic have put on some muscle without losing anything in
the way of limberness. The 10-year recording vets infuse their
jam-happy rock with new influences in a manner that'll please their
Listen to "Imitation Leather Shoes"
The restless singer-songwriter's latest won't disappoint those
who've come to expect the unexpected from their hero. His
sister-in-law is Madonna and his latest collaborators include
Ornette Coleman--and that's just how this record sounds.
Listen to "Richard Pryor Addresses a Tearful Nation"
FROM THE VAULTS
The Golden Age of Ricky Nelson
Call him the original Backstreet Boy. Teen idol Ricky Nelson made
high schoolers swoon in the early days, but he also produced some of
the finest rock & roll albums of his time. Check out his early
works along with other recent reissues and retrospectives.
Listen to "Lonesome Town"
Rock Reissues & Retrospectives
Roxy Music, "The Best of Roxy Music"
Art rockers of the first order in the '70s before transforming
themselves into masters of seduction rock in the '80s, Roxy Music
were among the most intriguing bands of their era--a contention
that's ably supported by the 18 selections on this career
Listen to "More Than This"
Classic Rock Store
HARD ROCK & METAL
The Staind, "Break the Cycle"
Proving that the breakthrough success of 1999's "Dysfunction" was no
fluke, the Staind have concocted an album that's harsh yet
accessible. It appears there's a new contender in the heavyweight
Listen to "Open Your Eyes"
Hard Rock & Metal Store
Eve 6, "Horrorscope"
An Eve 6 booster from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, writes of the band's
most recent CD: "It's good to see a mainstream band with a little
bit of talent and something in reserve. Not to mention, the hooks
Listen to "Rescue"
The Beatles, "Live at the BBC"
"Live at the BBC" captures the Beatles during their rockin' and
rollin' days on the Beeb. Check it out in our Beatles Store.
Scott Miller, "Thus Always to Tyrants"
Former V-Roys frontman Scott Miller sets off on his own and delivers
an album that ranks with the best roots-rock records in recent
memory. If you like that new Buffalo Springfield box, you'll want to
check this one out.
Bacon Brothers, "Can't Complain"
Speaking of roots-rock, the Bacon Brothers return with a third
effort of bar-band rock. Despite bro Kevin's movie-star credentials,
"Can't Complain" is far from Hollywood slick. Just goes to show that
Russell Crowe isn't the only screen idol making music these days.
Edwin McCain, "Far from Over"
While still occupying the lighter side of the rock spectrum, Edwin
McCain toughens up a tad with his latest.
Find Rock Classics
New box sets by the likes of Buffalo Springfield and the Yardbirds
are among the choice nuggets (and the splendid "Nuggets II," also!)
available through our new Rhino Records Store.
Listen to Buffalo Springfield's "Out of My Mind"
Visit our Rhino Records Store
ROCKSLIDE AHEAD: ADVANCE ORDERS
* The Yardbirds, "Ultimate!"
* Perry Farrell, "Song Yet to Be Sung"
* Sam Phillips, "Fan Dance"
* Nick Lowe, "The Convincer"
* Judas Priest, "Demolition"
FREE MUSIC DOWNLOADS
We're pleased to invite you to download live non-CD versions of
Radiohead's "Pyramid Song" from the new Amnesiac and "Dollars and
Cents" from Kid A.
POSTED 26 JUNE 2001
A fan from Illinois recommends "Poses" by Rufus Wainwright:
"If Leonard Cohen and Ben Folds were to produce a child, Rufus
Wainwright would be he. Wainwright's sophomore effort is a cotton
candy confection full of pure emotions and beautiful notes that
delight and perplex. Catchy-kitschy melodies like 'Cigarettes and
Chocolate Milk' and 'California' stick in the head like a pleasant
pick axe while darker tones, 'Shadows' and 'Grey Gardens' haunt and
brood like no pop song could."
"Take Off Your Pants & Jacket [EXPLICIT LYRICS]"
Blink 182 guitarist Tom DeLonge says "Take Off Your Pants and
Jacket" sounds harder, faster, and more "punk rock" than anything
they've done so far, not a claim to be taken lightly, considering
the intensity of their previous albums.
"Oh Inverted World"
The Shins' debut album, "Oh Inverted World," is hands down among
the best alternative rock albums of the year. This indie-pop group
mixes lyrics as strange and vivid as Jeff Mangum's with a smooth,
idiosyncratic pop that recalls Built to Spill, Simon and Garfunkel,
and Echo and the Bunnymen.
"The Invisible Band [EXTRA TRACKS]"
"The Invisible Band" marks no major change in direction for Travis,
but that's not a bad thing; "Invisible Band" is such a natural,
instantly lovable, and thoroughly unforced record, it seems churlish
to knock it. Travis are the humble down-to-earth boys from next
door, still singing the simplest songs and still making the mundane
"Land of the Free?"
On "Land of the Free?"--a record inspired by the worldwide protests
against the World Trade Organization--L.A. skatecore veterans
Pennywise claim to have written "a soundtrack for political
activists all over the world." While the politics on their seventh
release might not be expressed with an eloquence as revolutionary as
Pennywise clearly think it is, forget about it; this album is a
testament to the sheer seismic power of punk rock.
"White Blood Cells"
Why are the White Stripes, a stripped-down blues-punk duo from
Detroit, on everyone's lips as "the next big thing?"
Singer-guitarist Jack White and his standup-drumming sis Meg sure
look great in their color-coordinated red and white outfits, but
their music is the true source of the freakouts. Their new album,
"White Blood Cells," bursts with terrific pop songs that combine
sancitified blues and dirty punk rock, all delivered with
"World Won't End"
"World Won't End," the second album by Joe Pernice's bright-eyed,
decadent pop band, tackles themes of magnificent love, desperate
frustration, and spirit-mangling depression. This is oddly uplifting
music, however, with nods to Burt Bacharach, Brian Wilson, and Big
Star. The Pernice Brothers wrap the 11 tracks up in a gorgeous whirl
of pedal steel, violin, and cello that's elegant, cathartic, and
really nice to listen to when the sun's out.
"How I Spent My Summer Vacation"
As the third track on "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" makes
abundantly clear, the Bouncing Souls are "True Believers," utterly
uncompromising stalwarts of punk--the simple peacetime punk of kids
with energy to spare. The album's all about sunny days, pretty
girls, BMX bikes, and playful pogoing.
The Proclaimers finally have released a new album, "Persevere,"
which brims with bubbling folk rock. Serious numbers about Scottish
history and long-gone fathers are slathered with the brothers'
country-pop sweetness. If Billy Bragg gave up his acerbic rock for
earnest idealism, he might get close to tugging the easy-listening
heartstrings the Proclaimers are set on yanking.
NOT YET RELEASED
"Ancient Melodies of the Future"
Built to Spill
Built to Spill drop the hippie stuff and get back to writing great,
weird pop songs on their latest album, "Ancient Melodies of the
Future." Not that there isn't really tasty and inventive guitar work
here--this is Built to Spill, after all, one of the only bands
worthy of post-punk indie guitar godhood since the demise of the
Dream Syndicate, Television, and Dinosaur Jr. "Ancient Melodies" is
their finest CD since 1994's gorgeous, pop-song-heavy "Nothing Wrong
Find Alternative Classics
The Ramones, Elvis Costello, INXS, Tim Buckley, Los Lobos, Echo and
the Bunnymen, and Gram Parsons are among the prominent alternative
artists who have been chronicled as part of Rhino Records'
impressive reissue program.
Peter Buck, chief architect for R.E.M.'s inimitable sound, chats
with me about the finer points of home-recording technology, how
"Reveal" achieved its consistent sound, and remaining motivated
after more than two decades on the frontlines of alternative rock.
...about PETER BUCK.