By New Times
By Derek Askey
By Mark Deming
By Serene Dominic
By Jason Keil
By Robrt L. Pela and Amy Silverman
By Jeff Moses
By Serene Dominic
4. Boston, Walk On. Seventies worship of the worst kind.
5. Arcade, A2. Another smug anachronism full of woman-hating, macho, cock-rock clich‚s. At least this one bombed, though, proving there is some justice.
6. R.E.M., Monster. Should've been titled Searching for the Perfect Demographic. What a snooze fest. Who wants to hear R.E.M. trying to play punk-rawk chords? 7. Rolling Stones, Voodoo Lounge. And who wants to hear another Chuck Berry remake?
8. Pro-Pain, The Truth Hurts. Trailer-park angst meets dumb thud-rock in a world in which Beavis and Butt-head is not a parody. It's a prophecy. Pointless.
10. Anything having to do with Woodstock 2. The whole thing made me want to puke. You know that rock 'n' roll is in sad shape when kids are doing exactly what their parents did, which is contradictory to the essence of rebellion and the spirit of rock itself. It's hard to believe the old bag still draws a breath.
Entertainment director for the Rhythm Room and host of Those Lowdown Blues, heard on Saturday nights at 8 and Sunday nights at 6 on KJZZ-FM 91.5.
1. Johnny Dyer Blues Band featuring Rick Holmstrom. Great grooves, wonderful vocals. This group plays perfectly together for a traditional yet fresh blues sound.
2. Little Milton, Welcome to the Club. The perfect Milton album, showcasing one of the greatest voices of all time.
3. Kim Wilson, That's Life. Searing vocals and wicked harmonica by a modern-day master. Kim proves that the integrity of the blues is indeed being passed on through the generations.
4. Elmore James, The Classic Early Recordings, 1951-1956. A must for any self-respecting blues lover, the complete early works of the legendary slide-guitar wizard. Scary.
5. Lavelle White, Miss Lavelle. Soulful R&B vocals from a veteran long overdue for a break.
6. Slim Harpo, Hip Shakin'. Killer two-CD collection from the King Bee of swamp blues--all his hits plus previously unreleased live cuts!
7. W.C. Clark, Heart of Gold. A traditional R&B album for the Nineties, with Clarke's expressive vocals the star attraction.
8. Low Blows--An Anthology of Chicago Harmonica Blues; Little Willie Anderson, Swinging the Blues; and Big Leon Brooks, Let's Go to Town. A three-way tie, and I admit I'm biased, as I had a hand in producing each of these CDs. Together, they fully represent the glory of Chicago blues harmonica.
9. J.B. Hutto and the Hawks, Hawk Squat!. This welcome reissue offers one of the rowdiest, rawest, most unpretentious sets of Chicago blues ever recorded.
Drummer for Zig Zag Black. Helm's list consists of the musical events of '94 that moved him the most. 1. The loss of Michael Jon Venell (the late Zig Zag Black guitarist). He was the most incredible guy to have as a friend, and I'm sure one of the greatest musicians I'll ever have the fortune to work with. God bless you, Mike.
2. Kurt Cobain. The world lost one of its most brilliant writers and one of its most creative minds. The poster child for Generation X.
3. Soundgarden, Superunknown. Best album of '94, the one that separates the men from the boys. It shows that the band's days of mere Sabbath-riffing are long gone.
4. Green Day, Dookie. This group brought "pop punk" to the forefront of the music scene.
6. Hole, Live Through This. Courtney Love proved she is more than Kurt Cobain's widow; I think her talent will last much longer than 15 minutes.
7. Dead Hot Workshop. The band signed a deal with Seed/Atlantic and released its first CD; I expect big things from these guys in '95.
8. Rolling Stones, Voodoo Lounge tour. The most overblown, commercial pile of shit! But you've got to give these guys credit. If I still have bladder control at their age, I'll be happy.
10. Woodstock '94. Undoubtedly the most lame attempt at re-creating something that can't be duplicated. But there was an honest, heartfelt concern at the bottom of the whole thing--money! Serene Dominic
New Times contributor. Lovable, cuddly and always-good-for-a-chuckle Serene offers no fewer than 11 predictions on what will be going down in the unpredictable music world next year:
1. Coinciding with Hollywood Records' five-CD Queen boxed set, A Queen's Ransom, Freddie Mercury fans will petition the Postmaster General to create a new U.S. postage stamp bearing his likeness. However, opinions will be sharply divided about whether the image should be of Young Freddie the hetero-looking Rock Star (complete with Cleopatra eye makeup, black nail polish, Zandra Rhodes designer outfits and long, silky hair) or Later Freddie, who just looks like one of the Village People.
2. Given the success of Magnapop's "Lay It Down" and Veruca Salt's "Seether," recordings with squeaky guitar strings will be virtually inescapable.