10 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 13, 1994
Continued from page 9
Rev) is a champion of this young
band. With connections like this, it
almost doesn't matter if Rollerskate
Skinny is any good; indeed, they
snagged a second-stage position on
this year's Lollapalooza lineup (not
around here, though). However, the
band is good, and the buzz they gener-
ateon their debut"ShoulderVoices" is
much more important than the buzz of
Musically, however, they don't fall
too far from the family tree; Rollerskate
Skinny's sound is similar to a hybrid of
the bone-crushing drone-beauty of My
Bloody Valentine and the fuzzed-out
meanderings of Mercury Rev. But
Rollerskate Skinny score the coup of
being even more weird and psyche-
delic than either of those two bands. At
their best, they produce beautifully
trance-inducing music like "Miss
Leader," "Ages," and "Shallow Thun-
der" and the pop anomaly "Bring On
Stigmata." At their worst, the inspired
noise-jams on "Shoulder Voices"
dwindle into noodling. But Rollerskate
Skinny prove that they are more than a
industry created sensation on this in-
- Heather Phares
Entering the realm of dancehall
music, one almost completely un-
charted by women, are the four women
of Worl-A-Girl. And, are these women
equipped with the musical arsenal nec-
essary to make it in this business?
Hell if they're not.
Their smash hit "No Gunshot" is
already making big waves in the right
places. It's a powerful plea against gun
violence made at atime when too many
songs are glorifying the bullet. "Ten
Commandments" is a musical listing
which, in these women's view, define
the ideal man. "You That I Want" is
perhaps the most beautiful song on the
LP talking about the most beautiful
thing in the world - true love.
"Worl-A-Girl" is a great CD. With
this type of album under their belts,
these women aren't out to redefine the
mapofdancehall; they're ready to write
fluf is the type of band that revels in
their indie-rock glory: their album is on
the teeny-tiny (but very cool) Head-
hunter label and the spine of their CD
proudly proclaims, "Digital technolgy
can give you the shits. Smoke dick,"
and one of the songs on "Home Im-
provements" is called "You Should
Have Bought the Vinyl." Although it is
somewhat against the band'sprinciples,
this CD (recorded in analog) is
suprisingly catchy and accessible.
The band's sound isamix of Husker
Du, Sugar and Pere Ubu - energetic
punk-pop. The finest songs on "Home
Improvements," like "Sticky Bun,"
"Nirvana, Brass Ring" and "Twister,"
create an immense desire to pogo fre-
netically around the room; the slow
song "Mark Andrea" captures much of
the greatness of Bob Mould's ballads.
When it comes to creating classic-
sounding independent music, fluf are
not to be taken lightly.
- Heather Phares
Excursion in Ambience - The
Ambient music is defined by tex-
ture, landscape and new forms of real-
ity. No longer simply music, Ambi-
ence is away to alter reality through the
ears. Ambience is an escape to a new
dimension controlled by the artists who
create their own ground rules. Ambi-
ence is fantasy music that challenges
the ground-rules of our secure reality.
"Excursions In Ambience - The
Second Orbit" is a good overview of
what this emerging music form has to
offer. All of the tracks successfully
transport the listener to a new environ-
ment. Yet, no two tracks take you to the
"No One in the World," by W.F.O.,
is a dreamy escape to a cloud city that
looms just beyond our reach. The drum
tracks and bass make this song percep-
tibly danceable and complex as well.
"Prospero" by Locust is a bass-domi-
nated -yet never overwhelmingly so
-song whose dark nature nearly over-
shadows a center of sensitivity and
insight. Mauriio's "Ploy" is a musical
paradox that combines the earth bound
with the ethereal. Autocreation's "Dark
Smile" swings towards the tribal end of
the ambient continuum and is replete
with complex drums sounds and mind-
bending amplitory expressions.
The entire album is a topographical
map of the minds behind this blossom-
ing form of expression. Do not merely
Wor-A-Girl are certain to make some waves in the realm of dancehall with their entrancing eponymous debut.
listen to this disc, exist within it and
raise your consciousness to a new level
of techno, with only the whims of the
musicians to guide you. But, do not be
surprised when the disc ends if you
long to go back to the mythical world of
ambience again and again.
Sire / Reprise
The Farm have undergone a com-
plete makeover. Gone are the annoying
dance-pop tunes like "Groovy Train;"
instead they have remade themselves
as a guitar-drums-bass outfit, playing
power-pop with a concience. The band
even goes so far as to cover the The
Flamin' Groovies' classic "Shake Some
Action," with which they do a compe-
tent job. Songs like "Messiah" and
"The Man Who Cried" see the Farm
trying as hard as possible to distance
themselves from their previous, brassy
output; a wise move, for what they still
lack in substance is made up for in
vastly improved style. They remain a
pleasant, frothy pop confection that
should not be taken too seriously.
- Heather Phares
- Ben Ewy
The Dean of Students Office
is hosting a
Public Comments Session
Interim Dance/Party Policy
7:00pm - 9:00pm
in the Pendleton Room
of the Michigan Union
Anyone wanting to make a public comment
pertaining to this policy is invited to attend.
The Interim Dance/Party Policy is available at:
Michigan Union Scheduling Office, Room 1310
Michigan League Manager's Office
North Campus Commons Administrative Offices
Dean of Students Office, 3000 Michigan Union
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