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By Scott Reitz
1. Emergency & I
The Dismemberment Plan
Imagine Talking Heads, Prince, and Fugazi forming a musical think-tank in order to make a sassy, astoundingly literate, infinitely danceable masterwork.
I hate Mariah Carey, but this song could be 12 minutes long, and it still wouldn't be enough.
Touch and Go Records A three-piece consisting of ex-Trenchmouth folks, mastering art-dub with jazz phrasing.
4. Mission: Control!
I really believe this may be some of J. Robbins' best work ever. A classy infatuation with a tuneful pummel.
5. Starters & Alternators
Touch and Go
The Ex, Europe's answer to Fugazi, ditches the Beefheart art and delivers some walloping punk and political punches.
6. Sean Na Na covering R. Kelly's "When a Woman's Fed Up" live Sean Na Na is rumored to be mutating into a full-time slow-jam R&B-style outfit, Har Mar Superstar. Sean Tillman, ex of Calvin Krime, is Jermaine Jackson trapped in a white indie-rock kid's body.
7. "Back That Azz Up"
This makes me wish my little Corolla was filled with cash-money models and had ground effects.
8. Things Fall Apart
The Roots made the most emo record of the year. Lyrically, production wise, it's a fuck-you to what rap has become, and gives the ultimate dis by showing what hip-hop can be.
At The Drive In
The Bad Brains of tomorrow is the At The Drive In of today.
10. Guilty Party
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