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Haunted Cities (Screwed and Chopped by DJ Paul Wall) (Explicit Content) (U.S.Version)
Haunted Cities (Screwed and Chopped by DJ Paul Wall) (Explicit Content) (U.S.Version)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars hilarious, May 9, 2006
Come on... how can you not love this? It seems like some of the rock fans here just aren't getting down with the "screwed & chopped" thing. I mean, YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE WASTED ON PRESCRIPTION COUGH SYRUP WHILE LISTENING TO THIS. Of course it doesn't take that much skill to do this to an album, but if you're honestly as drunk as you're supposed to be while listening to this, you shouldn't care. Mowing the lawn doesn't take much skill either, but hey, the grass looks better that way.

The People's Champ just wants you to get slizzard and listen to "the first rock album ever to be screwed and chopped". That's really funny. And stupid. Why so much hate? I was rocking to this, sober even.

Sea Change
Sea Change
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beck Gets Lonesome, September 25, 2002
This review is from: Sea Change (Audio CD)
If Beck had manic depression, and "Midnite Vultures" was his manic phase, then "Sea Change" is the hard-hitting, depressive comedown. I've been a huge Beck fan for years, and even I was surprised by this departure. "Sea Change" gives up his trademark abstract lyricism for words that are sadder and more sparse. Many of these songs, especially "Round the Bend", recall "Pink Moon"-era Nick Drake.
All sadness aside, Nigel Goodrich did an amazing production job on this album. Songs like "Already Dead" and "Side of the Road" are simple acoustic-guitar-driven affairs. At other times, with soaring string arrangements and cavernous vocal reverb, many of the songs have an epic quality ("Sunday Sun", "Lonesome Tears", etc).
This is, essentially, a Beck album without any moments of levity, which can make it quite a tough listen. But then again, if you've had a tough day, this might just be perfect for you. For first time purchasers of a Beck disc, start elsewhere. For Beck fans, however, this should be a welcome addition to the collection.

Main Spirit Weind
Main Spirit Weind
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great noise-pop, July 8, 2002
This review is from: Main Spirit Weind (Audio CD)
I heard about this hard-to-find album through a friend, and it's well worth your attempt to get it. "Main Spirit Weind" is noisy, straightforward and really catchy. The easiest way to describe their sound is that it's a cross between My Bloody Valentine (production), Pavement (vocals, vocal delivery) and the Beach Boys (pop sensibility). I can't stop listening to it!

Polaroid 600 Film Twin Pack (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Polaroid 600 Film Twin Pack (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Price: $85.00
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139 of 148 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For the artist in you, July 1, 2002
Let's be honest... this film isn't great. Reviewers who are praising its "GREAT COLOR!" and clarity may be confused with Polacolor peel-apart film, which yields extremely high quality. This stuff, on the other hand, is consumer-grade and is worse than 35mm film in these respects.
That's why I love it. While it isn't accurate, this film's color reproduction says "Polaroid" all over it. That really adds a certain dimension to your photos. Especially if you are photographing more "serious" subjects (i.e., not just family/friends), the polaroid has a way of lightening it up and making your photography look more nonchalant. It also "ages" your film for you, giving the photographs an old, faded feel right from the start.
If you've got an old polaroid camera lying around the house, take it out, by a pack of this stuff, and experiment. It's a lot of fun.
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Human Experience
Human Experience
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very chill experience, May 1, 2002
This review is from: Human Experience (Audio CD)
I highly recommend this, especially if you like "organic" hip-hop à la Roots. Everything on this CD has a warm, jazzy feel to it, which makes it pretty versatile. You could listen to it at a party as easily as you could with a few friends in the afternoon.
In short, this is an incredible live band, and Human Experience captures that as well as I could hope for. I wish I could write songs like these.

No Kill No Beep Beep
No Kill No Beep Beep
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5.0 out of 5 stars All Good, Buy Now Now, January 18, 2002
This review is from: No Kill No Beep Beep (Audio CD)
This is one of the rare records I have found which is at once highly dissonant and highly catchy. Though drawn heavily from the Fugazi/DC style, Q & Not U has carved out their own territory here. Perhaps it's their rythmic intensity, perhaps their obscure lyrics, but something about No Kill No Beep Beep deserves repeated listenings.
While their sound is far from melodic, their intertwining guitar lines really drew me into their songs. The material ranges from slowcore (Kiss Distinctly American) to the more hardcore (Y Plus White Girl), but there's no filler to be found in this. The first track, "A Line In the Sand", the first track, has an insane, inexplicably wonderful vocal part. I was pretty hooked from there on in. If you have even a passing interest in the DC punk style, I would get this.

Change Is a Sound
Change Is a Sound
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable, January 8, 2002
This review is from: Change Is a Sound (Audio CD)
If you need to be convinced to buy this record, you need only to go download "You're Fired," one of the best songs I've heard in the past year. Even if you're not the political punk type, give this a chance: Strike Anywhere has a certain way of awakening that political side of things in you. Aside from blazing guitars and drums, it's the vocals that really make this band. The way this guy delivers his lines is impeccable, like none other. He makes you want to believe you can change the world.
The downside of SA is that they only have one song, which they do variations on throughout the album. But I like that song. A lot.

Mixed Live
Mixed Live
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing, energetic and engaging mix, January 8, 2002
This review is from: Mixed Live (Audio CD)
At first, this disc was a shock to my ears: I'm used to slow-building, Digweed-style trance. Glaude, in contrast, starts things out at full speed, and gets faster. But besides the fact that it took me a little time to catch up to this mix, it was simply amazing, with a relentless sense of energy that I just haven't found elsewhere. The studio mixes I'm used to may be technically perfect, but they're missing the kind of frenzied charisma that I found in this mix.
There are some astounding moments here, namely "Get On My Camel" into "Fine Ladies Only," and "Effective" into "Pistolwhip." Glaude's jaw-dropping mix of Pistolwhip is, if I'm not mistaken, the sound of a DJ bursting into a ball of flame.
Unless you absolutely hate electronic music, it's tough not to enjoy this.

Wishing One Last Time
Wishing One Last Time
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pure energy, great band, December 12, 2001
This review is from: Wishing One Last Time (Audio CD)
I've actually played a few shows with the Scaries. This record really captures their non-stop onstage energy. This the kind of CD I tend to play a lot during the summer, when I'm driving around with my friends. When the first two words come in, you know it's gonna rock. "Don't saaaaayyyyyy... you needed space!" There's just a lot of solid songwriting ability here, matched with lightning-fast guitars. Highly reccomended.

Forever & Counting
Forever & Counting
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a sonical bombastination of grandiostic proportions, August 16, 2001
This review is from: Forever & Counting (Audio CD)
I have a confession to make: I don't care about an artist's technical wizardry. I'll take good music in any form it comes. In this case, good music has come in the form of a surgically precise blend of emo and hardcore.
From the very outset of "Translocation," you can tell this is something different. At the same time, you can't stop nodding your head. Like in a 6th grade sex-education video, you will quickly find yourself asking, "What's happening to my body?" Such is the power of Hot Water Music. The production is so bare-bones, the vocals so unpolished that by the time you get to "Manual", you'll start to feel like you're part of the band.
Though it's tough to describe their sound in writing, there are some easily recognized Hot Water Music trademarks. First, the drummer and bassist are actually jazz-trained musicians. In between pounding, emo-drenched choruses, the rhythm section catches you off-guard with beats that you're not going to find in any other punk band.
Vocally, "Forever and Counting" is so sloppy that I often felt the urge to wipe the spit off the faces of these guys. But therein lies the charm. You'll also notice the incessant use of vocal harmonies that are a half-step off, just begging to be resolved.
Hot Water Music has put out a lot of other releases, but in my mind, none of them has ever recaptured the raw power displayed here in Forever and Counting. If you have any interest in punk at all, this is essential. One of my top five favorite albums.

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