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Wednesday, May 10, 1995 - The Michigan Daily -1

RECORDS
Continued from page 17
ails into the Loverboy trap of unfocused
ock poseur inflection: Wide, swooping
guitar arrangements accompanied with
>verly accentuated vocals. On "Kiss Me
Screaming," this local band that is mak-
ng its mark upon AOR leaves you feel-
ng BOR - bored.
- Matt Carlson

Mary Lou Lord
MaryLou Lord
Kill Rock Stars
This singer/songwriter has, in the
past two years, managed to release the
widely praised single "Some Jingle-
Jangle Morning (When I'm Straight)" on
the indie label Kill Rock Stars, to play
her acoustic guitar on Boston streets and
subways until carpal tunnel syndrome
set in, and to piss off Courtney Love.
That final factor alone guaranteed Lord

ample publicity for her self-titled, eight-
song debut. Unfortunately, only three of
the tracks are originals, but the remaining
songs are well-chosen covers of songs by
artists such as the Bevis Frond, Jimmy
Bruno and Daniel Johnston.
One wonders what Lord did to de-
serve the lash of Ms. Love's sharp
tongue (seriously, how difficult can it
be?), because "Mary Lou Lord" presents
her as a small, sweet blond singer with a
small, sweet, breathy voice. Her fluttery
alto brings a soft, girlish folksiness to her
own acoustic mid tempo songs.
The album's standout track, "His
Indie World," shows Lord facing a
record company executive, searching for
her place in the burgeoning national
indie rock scene. "What's the story he
says Butterglory / What's the news he
says the Silver Jews ... I don't think I fit
in to his indie scene / Huggy Bear and
Helium and Half Japanese ... Bikini Kill
and Built to Spill / it's plain to see that I
don't fit," she admits in a girlish growl.
Ultimately, Lord's childish voice be-
comes grating after repeated listenings.
Her breathy delivery makes Johnston's
"Speeding Motorcycle" far too precious,
and on the Bevis Frond's "Lights Are
Changing" (the only song which Lord
recorded with a band), guest Juliana
Hatfield's characteristically thin vocals
sound much more assured than Lord's.
Overall,'though, it's a nice little de-
but by a promising songwriter.
- Jennifer Buckley

No longer simply a place to go for miacin or valium, Drugstore is now a band.
e kiddies in the UK dig 'em. Take one and call them in the morning.

Rex rocks 'em slowy at the Blind Pig
Rex is the band formed by ex-members of the legendary slo-core band
Codeine. They're just as dreamy and narcotic, with a spooky, sparse sound
reminiscent of early My Bloody Valentine and Sonic Youth. Their eponymous
debut consists of eight winding, mostly instrumental songs with titles like
"Angel Tune He Hums," "Come Down" and "This is a Recording." Their sound
is alternately refreshing and lulling, and no doubt will give dream-pop fans a
much-needed fix. Also appearing with Rex are the Townies, whose EP
"TheRedCarpetParlayoftheDecade" recalls the Velvet Underground, Yo La
Tengo and Galaxle 500, especially on "Non-Fiction Country," "Ex-Friendville"
and "Afternoon Fever," to name a few. See both Rex and the Townies this
evening at the Blind Pig. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. and tickets are a steal at
only $5 In advance. Go on and dream a little dream-pop for me.
Read Daily
RESTAURANT u 0 SPORTS!A SAW
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ILt's Party!'is fun and informative
By Scott Plagenhoef Amsterdam. uniquely carves itself a niche in a
Daily Arts Editor "Let's Party!" also features a remov- flooded market by providing a source for
Every European travel guide can tell able and convenient party passport in the the side of Europe which is frequently
you where the Louvre is. Or the back of the book. The passport features undetailed. The traditional guide books
Parthenon. Or Big Ben. The major tour- around 100 discount opportunities from do mention pubs, discos, raves, and night
ist attractions, the places your parents over twenty cities, and not on admission life, but in academic terms and polite lan-
and grandparents insist that you visit, to Stonehenge or Versailles, but dis- guage, certainly not the means in which
counts on stuff you want: pints of these places should be described. "Let's
Guinness, nightclub door charge. Party!"does.
!E {E r "Let's Party!" collects in one hand- The colloquialism of the writing is
Let's Party! book directions to cafes, pubs, and other inviting but with prolonged reading the
Europe 1995-96 centers of youthful exuberance. The constant attempts at humor can become
famed Amsterdam coffee shops, as well taxing and tiresome, but the book never
Various Authors as the sex museum, are described in de- fails to inform and enlighten. Yet there is
Vagabond Publishing tail. London's The Church, a sometimes something irresistible about a guide that
traveling party for over 1,000 tourists ev- stresses the pub over the museum and the

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are well marked and well documented.
"Let's Party! Europe," a new guide-
ook published by Vagabond publish-
ing and centered in San Francisco col-
lects all the places you want to go, the
places you hear from word of mouth, the
places you used to have to stumble
upon. Divided by city, "Let's Party" de-
scribes in very colloquial, and often
times entertaining, language the night
life, pub life, and all around centers of
debauchery in cities across the conti-
nent. "Let's Party" covers a variety of
as ranging from Paris, Rome, and the
other standbys to more festive spots
across the land such as the Greek Islands
and the south of France. And of course,
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cry Sunday afternoon when the city typi-
cally doesn't permit drinking till after-
noon, is detailed.
Certainly "Lets Party! Europe" can-
not be used at the expense of the more
traditional tour guide, even others aimed
at the collegiate or budget traveler. It
never pretends to. "Let's Party!"

London's The Church over the Vatican.
If you're going to Europe as much for the
debauchery as the enlightenment, and to
truly see the culture in all of its well-
rounded glory, "Let's Party!" will pro-
vide your trip an necessary compliment
to the middle of the road, "Look kids,
Big Ben, Parliament," guide.

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