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Monday, December 18 2000

Best of 2000: Ben Varkentine

Best new albums Michael Wolff, Impure Thoughts (Indianola Music Group)Pianist Wolff holds African tribal, funk, Indian drone, jazz and even a bit of the

Best of 2000: David Starkey

1. Rancid, Rancid (Hellcat)The first couple of listens are misleading. It sounds as though Rancid has abandoned the quest for irresistible hardcare hooks that made

Best of 2000: Geoff Stahl

1. Yo La Tengo, And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out (Matador)So this has to be their masterpiece. A longtime coming, but what buildup. A

Best of 2000: John Schietinger

1. Richard Ashcroft, Alone with Everybody (Virgin)Ashcroft’s work with The Verve solidified him as the single best songwriter of the 1990s; Alone with Everybody

Best of 2000: Patrick Schabe

As a staunch defender of mainstream pop, the year 2000 wasn’t a great year for music. It’s almost as if all the big names

Best of 2000: Devon Powers

For a music whore like myself, even a good album can be a little like a one night stand. There’s that lovely moment of

Best of 2000: Tony Peregrin

1. Richard Ashcroft, Alone with Everybody (Virgin)Most of Aschroft’s solo album functions as a morose lullaby, meaning that this is the kind of record

Best of 2000: Mike Pace

(in alphabetical order) 1. DJ Assault, Off the Chain for the Y2K (Intuit-Solar Recordings)I haven’t even heard this double album, but the man’

Best of 2000: Kevin Oliver

1. Slaid Cleaves, Broke Down (Rounder)A singer-songwriter with a folkie flair for the story song and simple, memorable tunes. A stunning album, full of the

Best of 2000: Wilson Neate

1. Primal Scream, Exterminator [XTRMNTR] (Astralwerks)Writing in another venue back in February, I went out on a limb and claimed that Primal Scream had already

Best of 2000: Eden Miller

1. No Doubt, Return of Saturn (Interscope)Who would have thought that songs about the desire for marriage and family could be so exciting? With equal

Best of 2000: Kembrew McLeod

1. Outkast, Stankonia (LaFace/Arista)Imagine if Sun Ra collaborated with 2 Live Crew or if Afrika Bambaataa and Chuck D had a threesome with Pauly Shore,

Best of 2000: Mark Mauer

In stores? Not likely. Record stores are getting weaker all the time while the Internet becomes more powerful all the time in digging up the

Best of 2000: James Mann

Rather than present another “top ten” list of only music releases, I decided to throw in a few notable events as well. Music doesn’t

Best of 2000: Wes Long

1. Kevin Gilbert, The Shaming of the TrueMusical wunderkind dies mysteriously at the age of 29. His tapes are pored over and something closely resembling the album

Best of 2000: Steve Lichtenstein

1. Badly Drawn Boy, The Hour of Bewilderbeast (Twisted Nerve/XL)Admittedly, a chaotic hodgepodge — but a rousing, thoroughly enjoyable one. From beginning to end, and

Best of 2000: John Kenyon

1. Radiohead, Kid A (Capitol)Ignore the critics who call this too challenging, too out there. Anyone who’s ever listened to ambient, free jazz or

Best of 2000: Eamon P. Joyce

1. Badly Drawn Boy, The Hour of Bewilderbeast (Twisted Nerve/XL/Beggars Banquet)While 2000 will not likely be remembered as a great year for music overall,

Best of 2000: Scott Hudson

1. Transatlantic, SMPTe ((Metal Blade/Radiant)Quite simply the best kept secret this year. A prog/rock project featuring drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), keyboardist Neal

Best of 2000: Chuck Hicks

1. Jennyanykind, I Need You (Yep Roc)Band on the Run was recorded on an 8-track machine in a swamp in Nigeria. Jennyanykind’s I Need

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