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
Combing the Shadows
Cana-duh's Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet have the dubious distinction of recording the hippest TV-series theme song ever with their jingle for The Kids in the Hall. Now they're fodder for the Rolling Stone rock anthologies, and two of the Shadowy ones have taken residence in a new band called Phono-Comb.
There are obvious Shadowy similarities on Phono-Comb's debut LP, Fresh Gasoline--guitar-oriented instrumentals with sprinkles of surf rock and jazz--but also glaring stylistic differences. Phono-Comb's songs are infinitely more atmospherical, moody and free-flowing. Fresh Gasoline is flu music--best enjoyed while lying in bed sweating and shaking for hours, wacked out on Nyquil. (Quarterstick Records, P.O. Box 25342, Chicago, IL 60625)
Phono-Comb is scheduled to perform on Monday, November 18, at Hollywood Alley in Mesa. Showtime is 8 p.m. (all ages).
Heaven's in Oxford
Starting with the 1990 LP Heavenly Vs. Satan, Oxford, England's Heavenly has polished its ultracute, jangle-pop, two-girl harmonizing to a fine luster. The band's latest LP, Operation Heavenly (K Records), fits in with most of your cutesy-pop albums on first glance, but Heavenly isn't about to let you off that easy. Lyrics about sexual issues ("He says he can't waste a good erection/I think I'm starting to lose affection"), loneliness and pain, pain, pain in general prevail. There's one exception--"Pet Monkey," a love-song duet with Calvin Johnson. This album is like one of those trick candies with fish flavor in the middle, except a little more fun. (K Records, P.O. Box 7154, Olympia, WA 98507)