Monthly Archives: March 2014

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Stereolab (1996) If you want to hear what the 90s sounded like in totality, the closest you’ll get is Beck and this record by Stereolab. Sure, it’s egregiously missing the hip-hop and R&B that was beginning to dominate airwaves, and … Continue reading

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Odelay

Beck (1996) As many of these 90s choices attest to, the decade was a cultural melting pot, as well as a time to look back and comment on the history of rock and recontextualize it with a modern approach. Irony … Continue reading

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Red Medicine

Fugazi (1995) Space. Time. Velocity. Fugazi was more original and important than any other traditional, obscure guitar rock band in the post-punk era. I mean that as a compliment. They pulled apart the traditional elements and dynamics of the genre … Continue reading

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Bjork (1995) Bjork came out of nowhere. Well, more accurately, she came out of Iceland. Wow, what an unprovoked slam on Iceland! She had actually been performing with an art-pop group called the Sugarcubes for a while, but her true … Continue reading

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Wowee Zowee

Pavement (1995) It’s a rote refrain for 90s rock, given my extreme take on the decade, but I must clarify that Pavement did not do anything innovative whatsoever with their music. They were as irreverent and genre-blind as Beck, offering … Continue reading

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Ill Communication

Beastie Boys (1994) Redefining the musical landscape for the third and final time, the Beasties clotheslined the rules of hip-hop by playing their own instruments and music on this record, in addition to writing their own musical material. Not only … Continue reading

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Angel Dust

Faith No More (1992) There is nothing else like this in the musical landscape of 1992, nor had there been before that point. Even today, it has spawned precious few imitators, probably for understandable reasons. Take one part overblown macho … Continue reading

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