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RE: New Idaho Review | from John DoeSep 28 2003 - 03:43

RE: New Idaho Review | from Seth HowardJul 30 2003 - 10:25

I'm not sure if they're still together or not. They have not played a show in Seattle in a very long time.

RE: New Idaho Review | from dcsJul 29 2003 - 19:20

Seth - I heard the rumors but Juno broke up?

RE: New Idaho Review | from JR OlssonJul 29 2003 - 14:43

i like some songs by juno. heavy band.

RE: New Idaho Review | from brianJul 27 2003 - 21:46

if the transworld site never places this review online, i will create a page and archive it and add it to the reviews list i edit on the ODP which currently has 97 listings of reviews, interviews and sites of interest. thanks Alex for the addition.

RE: New Idaho Review | from Seth HowardJul 27 2003 - 20:20

That reviewer is/was in the band Juno.

New Idaho Review | from AlexJul 27 2003 - 13:13

Imagine my surprise when I grabbed the latest issue of Transworld Skateboarding Magazine (Sept. 2003) from my mail box and found reviews of Godspeed You Black Emperor! and Idaho. JEFF & JOHN: If you keep an archive of your reviews and aren't aware of this one, here it is: Idaho, "We Were Young And Needed The Money", Idaho Music. There are certain songs that enter our headphones at exactly the right time, invisibly becoming a part of the sonic fabric we use to insulate ourselves from the harshness of this cold, cruel world. Like Low, The Pixies, Arab Strap, and Swervedriver, the band Idaho writes such songs. Years ago a friend asked if I'd ever heard of them. I hadn't, but oddly thereafter the name kept popping up. Skeptical, I got around to pilfering from Napster what would prove to be two jaw-dropping tracks. Overcome, I played the songs "This Cloud We're On" and "Under" to anyone who'd listen. And then for a long time I deliberately stopped myself from learning anything more about the band. Hell, I didn't want to know more, fearing its additional songs wouldn't strike me with such miraculous force. Inevitably of course, I broke down and picked up the albums "Hearts Of Palm" (2000) and "Levitate" (2001). I'd been an idiot. From beginning to end both are beautifully crafted, fascinating works, each blurring the lines between ambient experimentalism, piano laments, and full-blown explosive guitar rock. Furthur investigation revealed Idaho's released more than seven albums! Beginning in the early 90s, the prolific singer/guitarist/pianist, Jeff Martin, and a revolving cast of characters started out as a straight-up loud alt-rock band on Caroline Records alongside label mates The Smashing Pumpkins. But where that band in subsequent years strayed toward showy glam/goth circus act, Idaho opted for more subtle textures; poetic lyricism; and graceful, sweeping songscapes. In the process it's created a sound distinctly original, hypnotizing, and timeless. Idaho's latest release, "We Were Young And Needed The Money", is retrospective vault mining at its finest, a collection of seventeen never-before-released tracks recorded over the course of the last decade. Extraordinarily, the whole disc sounds fresher and more ass-kicking than most everything played on "alternative" and college radio today. Also recommended is Idaho's "Three Sheets To The Wind" (1996). --Arlie Carstens

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