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        Powderfinger: Odyssey #5

You don’t really hear what all the fuss is about until you’re well into Odyssey Number Five‘s third track, “The Metre”. Then,

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        Old 97s: Satellite Rides

Over the last handful of years, the Old 97s have gone from playing rock-ish country music to slightly country-ish rock music, to pop-ish rock that

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19 Mar 2001 // 3:00 PM

        Ohgr: Welt

Last Saturday night I went to a “goth party” on a boat in Chelsea Piers, New York City. This goth barge contained three floors and

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19 Mar 2001 // 3:00 PM

        Mumble & Peg: All My Waking Moments in a Jar

The first moments of Mumble & Peg’s All My Waking Moments in a Jar declares “This is pointless” and “Mumble & Peg hates you”

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19 Mar 2001 // 3:00 PM

        The Mary Janes: Flame

With their country-tinged blend of indie-folk rock, The Mary Janes may not be for everyone, but their music is executed with such intelligence and heart,

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19 Mar 2001 // 3:00 PM

        Linus of Hollywood: Let Yourself Be Happy

Anyone who has had a song featured on the Dude, Where’s My Car? soundtrack gets my stamp of approval. Not that I ever saw

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	Delinquent Habits: Merry Go Round

Delinquent Habits were all over MTV in 1996 with “Tres Delinquentes”, a snappy hip-hop track with a hook supplied by mariachi trumpets. At the time perceived

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	Miles Davis & John Coltrane: The Best of the Complete Columbia Recordings

In hindsight, it’s easy to assume the albums Miles Davis made with John Coltrane and the rest of his fabled first quintet between 1955 and 1961

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19 Mar 2001 // 3:00 PM

	Black Box Recorder: The Facts of Life

Its Gallic flavor notwithstanding, 'The Facts of Life' serves up a wonderful slice of traditional English miserablism. Like Pulp and Blur, Black Box Recorder has mastered a pop culture aesthetic inextricably linked to the post-war decline, one that turns complaining about how dreadful everything is into a supremely ironic, comic art form.

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19 Mar 2001 // 3:00 PM

	Tim Buckley: Morning Glory: The Tim Buckley Anthology

Tim Buckley died of a heroin overdose in 1975 at age 28. During his lifetime he recorded nine studio albums. He was a uniquely gifted singer whose

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19 Mar 2001 // 3:00 PM

	The Black Halos: The Violent Years

The musical atrocities being committed these days in the name of punk rock are astounding. A quarter-century ago a handful of intrepid artists did their

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	Alpha: The Impossible Thrill

Until the dawn of punk, those of us who grew up in Bristol in the 1970s had little to be happy about on the rock

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	Asa Cruz: Pop Star / ATC (A Touch of Class): Planet Pop

 ATC (A Touch of Class) Planet Pop(Republic/Universal)US release date: 6 February 2001 by Patrick Schabe asacruz-popstar.jpg :. e-mail this article:. print this article:.

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16 Mar 2001 // 3:00 PM

I am slipping into nothingness. A strange nothingness this is though: a nothingness with substance.

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16 Mar 2001 // 1:00 AM

What do folks want most when they arrive for SXSW? The Big Bag. What's in it? Free CDs, mags, food, pens, lighters, CD openers, a flashlight, discount coupons, schedules of events.

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15 Mar 2001 // 1:03 AM

In this interview we discuss the EP, future projects, and why peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and the big Okie Dokie are so important.

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14 Mar 2001 // 1:00 AM

At the moment, there might 5,000 of the promised 15,000 participants from the music, film and Internet industries here. Most will arrive tomorrow when the music festival begins with the Austin Music Awards: Lucinda Williams, Alejandro Escovedo, James Cotton, and others will be playing.

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13 Mar 2001 // 3:00 PM

        True Love: self-titled

Well, here’s yet another band that sounds like they’re ready to have some hits. Will anyone listen? Let’s hope so. For True

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        Various Artists: Have You Had Your Vitamin B-3 Today?

This latest compilation from Joel Dorn and Label M is a collection of organ jazz mostly from the early 1960s. It is not, to my

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12 Mar 2001 // 3:00 PM

        Various Artists: Pure 80’s Hits

Every generation winds up rediscovering themselves through pop culture nostalgia crazes. However, I still cannot fathom the interest in the 1980s that causes such quickie

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        King Britt presents Sylk 130: Re-Members Only

Odd decade, the eighties. Reagan, Thatcher, early MTV, the cretinization of Hollywood, greed is good etc.—a sorry list. As far as music goes, many

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        The Ocean Blue: Davy Jones’ Locker

Ethereal, delicate, shimmering, beautiful, mysterious, poetic, majestic, powerful, sublime. These are all words that have been used to describe the ocean, and they’re all

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12 Mar 2001 // 3:00 PM

        Our Lady Peace: Spiritual Machines

It’s hard to know how to feel about Our Lady Peace. They have they appearance of a rock band who believes themselves to be

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        Lenola: Treat Me To Some Life

These days it seems that most of the bands influenced by the early ‘90s “shoegazer” scene or interested in making similarly dreamlike music work in

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        Los Super Seven: Canto

Perhaps it’s a side effect of our fast-paced, modern culture. Perhaps it’s the result of record companies always trying to hop on the

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        Joe Lovano: Flights of Fancy: Trio Fascinations Edition Two

This is the introspective face of High Modern jazz that has the die-hard fans slavering. Furthermore, on the strength of this release, at the end

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	Hesher: Self-Titled Debut

Hesher, aka Chip Love, is being touted as “the next Beck”, which is probably our generation’s answer to the crippling “next Dylan” tag of

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	Johnny Griffin & Steve Grossman Quintet: self-titled

Tenor duels were a big attraction in the Kansas City Swing era. Sax men lined up in the wings waiting to do battle with whoever

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12 Mar 2001 // 3:00 PM

	Frolic: To Dream, Perchance to Sleep

Frolic’s To Dream, Perchance to Sleep is undoubtedly beautiful, with Kelly O’Brien’s misty voice and the barely there arrangements. It’s haunted

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	Reverend Gary Davis: Live at Newport

By becoming an ordained Baptist minister in 1937, Reverend Gary Davis avoided being labeled another “Blind…” somebody. Blues has a long list of these: Blind Boy

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12 Mar 2001 // 3:00 PM

Daft Punk: Discovery

I’m one of those people who will often sit around and start conversations with phrases like “Remember when techno music was really good?” I

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12 Mar 2001 // 3:00 PM

	Eric Clapton: Reptile

In recent weeks Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs has found its way onto the car stereo to remind me of what a glittering, if

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12 Mar 2001 // 3:00 PM

	Steve Almaas: Kingo a Wild One

From pioneering punk rock in Minneapolis/St. Paul with Suicide Commandos in the late 1970s (thereby stirring the musical impulses of Husker Du, The Replacements,

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6 Mar 2001 // 3:00 PM

	Bob Belden: Black Dahlia

In postwar Los Angeles, where “You can make it there when you can’t make it anywhere else”, as actor Robert Mitchum once said, the

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	Various Artists: Respect Is Burning Presents Respect to DJ Deep

e-mail this article My local record store has got so fed up trying to keep up with all the amoebic sub-dividing that goes on in

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5 Mar 2001 // 3:00 PM

        Roseanna Vitro: Thoughts of Bill Evans: Conviction

You know a jazz singer’s album is in trouble when you keep wishing the singer would stay quiet, so you could hear the music.

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5 Mar 2001 // 3:00 PM

Otto Von Schirach’s debut LP 8000 B.C. fully violates the divide between interesting experimental wizardry and utter nonsense. Like his colleagues Richard Devine and

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5 Mar 2001 // 3:00 PM

        Tipsy: Uh-Oh!

Uh-Oh! is the title of Tipsy’s second album, but it isn’t a cry of fear or horror. It’s more like the outburst

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5 Mar 2001 // 3:00 PM

        The Tyde: Once

The alternative country/“No Depression”/Cosmic American music scene (call it what you will) has been well served in the last five years with bands

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5 Mar 2001 // 3:00 PM

        Silver Scooter: The Blue Law

Two things come to mind at a first listen to Austin band Silver Scooter’s new album, The Blue Law: A) it sounds a lot

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5 Mar 2001 // 3:00 PM

        Amy Ray: Stag

Denizens of Atlanta’s live music scene over the past decade or so are well familiar with the presence of the Indigo Girls’ Amy Ray.

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        Mall: 05.17.2012 01:34:28 PM -0400

The opening track on Mall’s second album, 05.17.2012 01:34:28 PM -0400, sets an unmistakable mood, through recorded dialogue and atmospheric based music: People hanging out late

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        Delbert McClinton: Nothing Personal

While many things may change over the years, the attitudes and vibes of your average roadhouse don’t. In those places of smoky haze and

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        Branford Marsalis/Orpheus Chamber Ensemble: Creation

The first thing I notice in listening to Creation, Branford Marsalis’s new album of classical music arranged for the saxophone and chamber orchestra, is

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	Mike Ladd: Vernacular Homocide

What to make of Mike Ladd? He’s been called “the Tom Waits of hip-hop”, and been likened to the Velvet Underground, Pink Floyd, and

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        Pete Krebs and Danny Barnes: Duet for Clarinet and Goat

Dust bowl soul brothers Pete Krebs (ex-Hazel singer/songwriter) and Danny Barnes (ex-Bad Livers frontman) have joined their God fearing and mother loving heads together

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5 Mar 2001 // 3:00 PM

        The Kiss Offs: Rock Bottom

Austin’s The Kiss Offs are dead and gone (one member has moved to Chicago, and three of the others are now in different Austin-area

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        Kings of Convenience: Quiet Is the New Loud

The blokes that make up Kings of Convenience, Eirik Glambek Bøe and Erlend Øye, have mastered the lustrous harmonies and polite sensitive boy cooing

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        Koffee Brown: Mars/Venus

Things are looking pretty good on the R&B/Soul scene so far this year. Musiq, India.Arie, Sunshine Anderson, Jaheim and Tank all

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        Jenifer Jackson: Birds

The musical texture of Birds is lush, but without an abundance of instruments. Waves of vibes, cymbals, marimbas and other percussion create an elegant scene

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	Hefner: We Love the City

Hefner clearly don’t intend to be taken entirely seriously. On their previous releases, the band’s quirky, lo-fi pop has been laced with a

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5 Mar 2001 // 3:00 PM

	Gwenmars: Driving a Million

Over the past couple of years glam-rock has been the prevailing style of choice among young, upstart club bands, particularly in L.A. So many

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5 Mar 2001 // 3:00 PM

	Steve Fisk: 999 Levels of Undo

Because as an indie godfather Steve Fisk has seeped up so much adulation, it is easy to forgive his fallibility as he enters this stage

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	The Free Design: Cosmic Peekaboo

The Free Design are one of the many pop groups of the past getting more attention now than they did when they were together, thanks

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5 Mar 2001 // 3:00 PM

	Eve: Scorpion

Eve doesn’t need my support for this album, as it is sure to sell as ridiculously well as her debut. With that in mind

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5 Mar 2001 // 3:00 PM

	Dog Fashion Disco: Anarchists of Good Taste

All right, try not to laugh too hard when you listen to Anarchists of Good Taste. I’m pretty sure vocalist Todd Smith didn’t

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	Jay Dee: Welcome to Detroit

“Y’all ready for some live shit? Welcome. Welcome to the D, baby.” With these opening lines we enter the wonderful, bass-heavy world of the

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	The Riddler and Christian B.: Club Series Part Four

Although it’s called Club Series 4, a better name for this new dance music compilation might be Radio Series 4. That’s because the two DJs

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	Solomon Burke: King of Blues and Soul

This reissue will probably slip by unnoticed simply because it will be assumed to be yet another re-packaging of Solomon Burke’s 1960s back catalogue.

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	Louis Armstrong: Swing Legends: 24 Classic Hits,1936 to 1950

Though Ken Burns idolized him at the expense of other artists whom he merely treated as footnotes to some grand made up story called “Jazz”,

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5 Mar 2001 // 3:00 PM

	Aerosmith: Just Push Play

With each new Aerosmith album the debate rages as to whether The Bio-degradable Brothers, or Toxic Twins as they were famously dubbed during their years

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1 Mar 2001 // 1:00 AM

People have attempted to argue the point that the music of Eminem or any other such rapper is no worse than the music of my youth, the Alice Cooper's or the Clash. Bullshit.

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By sweeping the rap categories but losing the big one, Eminem stays inside his own territory, throwing smart bombs against the cement wall that separates youth culture from the grown-up mainstream. And that is perfectly fine with me.

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Tish and Snooky are the Bronx-bred sisters who have been making the world more colorful with Manic Panic cosmetics for nearly twenty-five years. Although they started out with just a few hundred dollars and a single shop in New York City, today the sisters are at the helm of a thriving worldwide wholesale business.

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1 Mar 2001 // 1:00 AM

But the kind of political field that I want to go for is the kind that empowers the listener and empowers the receiver of the communication. I think in punk rock there is too much bizarre hero worship stuff. And this is folk music. We all do this together in a community and it doesn't have stars and it doesn't have celebrities.

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28 Feb 2001 // 3:00 PM

        Mannix: Come to California

There is a strong case to be argued that Gram Parsons and the Flying Burrito Brothers will be THE prominent influence on the innovative pop-rock

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26 Feb 2001 // 3:00 PM

don't yet think of themselves as proper English rockstars.

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        Traffic: Traffic / John Barleycorn Must Die

TrafficLast Exit(Island)US release date: 27 February 2001 (original release, January 1969 ) TrafficJohn Barleycorn Must Die(Island)US release date: 27 February 2001 (original release, January 1970) by Simon Warner

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26 Feb 2001 // 3:00 PM

        Jacky Terrasson: A Paris

It would be easy to say that Jacky Terrasson’s new record is a sort of American in Paris: French songs and immortal melodies played

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26 Feb 2001 // 3:00 PM

        Duncan Sheik: Phantom Moon

Duncan Sheik was introduced to the world with his hit “Barely Breathing” in 1996 and in a Sarah MacLachlan world, people responded positively to his sensitive

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        The Minus 5 / Young Fresh Fellows: Let The War Against Music Begin / Because We Hate You

Trust Scott McCaughey to come up with something completely different—a double album featuring in one corner, the Young Fresh Fellows (with McCaughey, Kurt Bloch,

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        Los Straitjackets: ¡Damas y Caballeros!

Donning Mexican wrestling masks and conducting all on-stage banter in gringo-fied Spanish, Los Straitjackets would be easy to dismiss as a joke if they weren’

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        Lords of Acid: Farstucker

Ever since their inception and the release of the single “I Sit on Acid” in 1988, the Lords of Acid have staked their claim in the

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26 Feb 2001 // 3:00 PM

	Neil Michael Hagerty: self-titled

Instead of a bowl of spilled cherries, the cover is a collage of Mr. Hagerty’s many guitar necks and a shot of him looking

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26 Feb 2001 // 3:00 PM

	Nanci Griffith: The Millennium Collection

Nanci Griffith has always existed just outside the mainstream of public recognition, performing music that isn’t quite country (even though she’s produced by

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26 Feb 2001 // 3:00 PM

	Dave Matthews Band: Everyday

“Idid it / Do you think I’ve gone too far?” Dave Matthews asks on the chorus of “I Did It”, the first single from the

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26 Feb 2001 // 3:00 PM

	Blessid Union of Souls: The Singles

With a spiritual sounding group name and an incredible ability to blend rock, funk, and soul onto one pallet, Blessid Union of Souls have a

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23 Feb 2001 // 3:00 PM

' rather alluring set of films was projected on the screen behind the stage as the foursome (the trio is touring with a keyboardist) swaggered on stage cigarettes alight.

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This year, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences will present a whopping 100 awards, of which only a handful will be presented during the live telecast. The rest will be presented off-camera before the telecast begins.

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	Sam Densmore’s Silverhawk: Flowers in June EP: Recollections of the Broken Times…

Often when a reviewer writes about how an act sounds like R.E.M. they refer solely to the harmonies and instrumentation and not to

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Leonard Cohen: Field Commander Cohen: Tour of 1979

In the absence of any new material, Field Commander Cohen is a welcome reminder not only of Leonard Cohen’s genius as a songwriter but also of his abilities in concert.

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        The Reverend Billy C. Wirtz: The Best of the Wirtz: 15 Years on the Road with a 77-Inch Pian

If Mojo Nixon’s a little too nitro-powered for you, but you think Ray Stevens’ stuff could use the flavor that only a night trapped

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19 Feb 2001 // 3:00 PM

        Spoon: Girls Can Tell

Austin band Spoon’s new record sounds like Elvis Costello, Led Zeppelin, The Smiths, early Bruce Springsteen, and The Replacements. That’s my list; your’

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        The Raging Teens: Rock ‘n’ Roll Party!

A wise old sage once told this reviewer that the best way to critique anyone is to use the A-B-C method: “Affirmation Before Criticism”. Alrighty.

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19 Feb 2001 // 3:00 PM

	The Rosenbergs: Mission: You

With their history, it would be easy to approach the new release from New York’s The Rosenbergs with much the same the same trepidation

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	Henry Rollins: A Rollins in the Wry

Henry Rollins took an odd, some might even say misguided, turn with the Rollins Band last year, dismissing the tight, jazz-influenced players and replacing them

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        Kleenex/Liliput: The Complete Recordings

Music history is filled with more unique and talented musicians that you’ve never heard of than you can imagine. And, considering the profit-driven mentality

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19 Feb 2001 // 3:00 PM

	Annie Hayden: The Rub

Annie Hayden used to be in a band called Spent. They made quiet, jangly indie-pop for Merge Records from 1995 through 1997 then broke up in 1998 in

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	Fatal Flying Guilloteens: The Now Hustle For New Diaboliks

I think I’d better start this with a warning: Houston’s Fatal Flying Guilloteens are a dangerous band. The legends that’ve sprouted around

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19 Feb 2001 // 3:00 PM

	Boy George: Essential Mix

Here comes another celebrity from years past reincarnated as a DJ. I’m personally waiting for our dear ex-president to resurface as the acid jazz-spinning

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Mojave 3 have evolved considerably since their previous incarnation as Slowdive, the shoe- and navel-gazing darlings of the pre-Britpop early 1990s.

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13 Feb 2001 // 1:00 AM

I'd like to point out that had this election not involved many large and cumbersome piles of punch-cards that the media insist on calling "votes," the process would have gone much more smoothly, quickly, and efficiently.

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        Various Artists: Café Del Mar Volume Siete

It’s ironic that the club that has most come to symbolize Ibiza, Europe’s summertime hotbed of drug-and-techno-fueled, dance-all-night bacchanals, is the supremely mellow

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12 Feb 2001 // 3:00 PM

        Jim White: No Such Place

Boy, I love creepy music. Not the silly teenage pentagram tattooed faux gibberish of legions of metal bands and mall Goths, but rather that sort

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12 Feb 2001 // 3:00 PM

        The Tories: Upside of Down

You may have heard the music of the Tories without having heard OF them. Anyone vaguely familiar with the Christina (Married With Children) Applegate TV

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        Twin Princess: The Complete Recordings

The two members of Twin Princess perceive their musical project as an art experiment, not a band. In backing this rather pretentious claim, the Seattle-based

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12 Feb 2001 // 3:00 PM

        Michael Rose: Never Give It Up

Both the most and the least I can say about this album is: Michael Rose, the former lead singer of Black Uhuru, has released a

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12 Feb 2001 // 3:00 PM

        Prefab Sprout: The Collection

 Thomas Dolby The Best of Thomas Dolby: Retrospectacle(Capitol)US release date: 4 April 1995 by Ben Varkentine prefabsprout-collection.jpg :. e-mail this article:. print this article:.

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        Stephen Malkmus: self-titled

Stephen Malkmus didn’t just lose a band when he split from Pavement last year. He shucked an albatross from ‘round his neck. Thank God

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12 Feb 2001 // 3:00 PM

After signing his first major label contract with Columbia in 1962, Monk’s ominous, periodically dissonant piano stylings were reaching a wider audience—culminating with a

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

// Notes from the Road

"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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