2003-10-09

    
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October 09, 2003
  MxPx PDF files may take a moment to load

There were two songs that originally got me hooked on punk music: Rancid's "Ruby Soho" and MxPx's "Doing Time." Those two songs changed my musical tastes and have had me listening to punk rock for the last seven years.

The boys from Bremerton waited three years since their last full-length, offering fans the Renaissance EP and the 10 Years and Running collection to tide them over, until they were ready with their latest, Before and Everything After.

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October 09, 2003
  Killing JokePDF files may take a moment to load

The steady sludge of guitar and harsh vocals are the first things slapping you in the face as you listen to this album. Then, tribal drumbeats are cued, throwing the Killing Joke machine into action. Add two thumping basses to the mix and it's almost too overwhelming.

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October 09, 2003
  The Raveonettes PDF files may take a moment to load

The first full-length album from Danish duo The Raveonettes is a change from everything out there these days.

The disc was recorded entirely in B-flat major, which makes it quite tedious to listen to. Not only that, but every song uses fuzzy or distorted guitars, distracting the listener from what could be a truly good album. The songs could even be sexy, combining the soft lyrics and a retro sound.

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October 09, 2003
  Finger Eleven PDF files may take a moment to load

After Finger Eleven's second disc, Greyest of Blue Skies, I didn't think they would ever be able to top it. They haven't--yet.

The self-titled third disc from the Canadian band is a little softer and nowhere near as angry as their previous work. It is a strong rock disc though, and the band has paid more attention to the songs than what they have to say.

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October 09, 2003
  Dave Rave Group PDF files may take a moment to load

By the end of the first track, I was willing to write the Dave Rave Group off as a bar band 15 years past its prime. There's almost no energy, just a sense that "we should rock, so I guess we're rocking."

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October 09, 2003
  Martin Tielli PDF files may take a moment to load

Martin Tielli is a god. You have probably never heard of him but that does not detract from his godliness. Whether it's his solo material, his work with The Rheostatics or Nick Buzz, anyone who has ever seriously tried to emit listenable noises from a guitar should worship Tielli.

His sublime solo debut, 2001's We Didn't Even Suspect That He Was The Poppy Salesman, absolutely shattered the notion of what an acoustic album could be.

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October 09, 2003
  Vendetta Red PDF files may take a moment to load

Our days are numbered 666, so brace yourself for the storm that is Vendetta Red.

This band's dark, yearning, post-grunge punk rock gained them an impressive following and a spot on the 2003 Vans Warped tour.

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October 09, 2003
  Jersey performs, MTV does notPDF files may take a moment to load

While it isn't hard to notice that MTV has slowly tried to force its vapid programming on Canadian audiences, what a lot of you may not know is that there is a MTV2 in Canada trying to establish itself as well.

On Mon., Oct. 6 their Campus Invasion Tour with Gob, Kazzer and Jersey hit barely made a ripple at the Den. That's right, the Den, which is probably the smallest venue in the city this side of your next-door neighbours back yard.

October 09, 2003
  Good Boy, not quite in the doghousePDF files may take a moment to load

Full-to-capacity stadium seating, artery-clogging popcorn, watery fountain drinks and about 300 children, all staring glassy-eyed and sugar-filled at a 40-foot screen. This sets the scene for any theatre playing Good Boy, the latest kid favourite.

To a child, this is a euphoric outing, however to a lone student journalist with no apparent excuse for being present, it's a little awkward. After a moment, though, it becomes more of second childhood (assuming that the first one ever ended).

October 09, 2003
  Women's Soccer recapPDF files may take a moment to load

When you go toe-to-toe with one of the best, you usually put up your defense and brace yourself for the blows. The women soccersaurs didn't cower, taking the University of Alberta Pandas head-on Sat., Oct. 5 and were very close to walking away victorious.

"All in all I thought we were the better team today," Head Coach Robin Slot. "But we just couldn't put the ball in when the chances were there."

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