Antietam – Rope-A-Dope

Antietam Rope-A-Dope (1994) Homestead Records CD Rope-A-Dope screeches and buzzes with a coarseness that would have been generally welcomed in the early 90s, nearly post-grunge musical underground. Compared to Elba, there is a general murky darkness that exists in the atmosphere of the album. Yet despite the possible grunge comparisons, the lyrics, singing style, expertlyContinue reading “Antietam – Rope-A-Dope”

Antietam Until Now/Rain

Antietam Until Now/Rain (1986) Homestead Records 7’ vinyl 4.5/5 Capturing a band’s sound and personality and representing both well on a seven-inch piece of plastic is often hard and not done all too frequently (especially on the debut single). However, Antietam’s Until Now is a fair Polaroid of where the group was and sounded likeContinue reading “Antietam Until Now/Rain”

Make You Smile E.P. By Dear Nora

Dear Nora – Make You Smile E.P. (2000) Magic Marker Records 7” vinyl 4/5 Portland’s Dear Nora was Katy Davidson and a constantly changing line up of friends and accomplices.  For 1999’s Fall is Not to Fail cassette, which these recordings come from, Katy was joined by vocalist and drummer Marianna Ritchey and bassist RyanContinue reading “Make You Smile E.P. By Dear Nora”