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Monday, September 10 2001

    Mercury Rev: All Is Dream

It’s a shame the term “trailblazer” has been so woefully overused in the world of music, because it’s surely the best way to

    Lu: self-titled

Somewhat anonymous, Lu play retro-new wave, playing “alternative” pop/rock instrumentals on drums, bass, guitars and assorted unspecified machines that sound like an Atari arcade

Lynyrd Skynyrd: One More from the Road (Deluxe Edition)

Lynyrd Skynyrd Live at the Fox Theatre (Revisited): The 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of One More from the Road Between July 7 and July 9, 1976, audiences at

    Albert King: I Get Evil

He is still unmistakable, visually and aurally, after all these years. A huge man, six foot four and weighing 250 pounds, always photographed with his trademark

    Lucy Kaplansky: Every Single Day

Lucy Kaplansky has one of the better—and most-repeated—biographies in the folk-pop world. She grew up in Chicago and was singing solo in coffeehouses

    Boris Kovac & the LaDaABa Orchest: The Last Balkan Tango: An Apocalyptic Dance Party

Release date of September 11, 2001. The inside photograph shows what might be a small impromptu shrine—a white kitchen candle with a burned wick but no

    Jude: King of Yesterday

Jude Christodal covers a song by Bread on his new album, King of Yesterday. Not that there’s anything wrong with that per se—but

    Elmore James: The Sky Is Crying

Sometime in 1928 in Canton, Mississippi, ten-year-old Elmore James began playing his first instrument, a homemade guitar called a “diddly-bow” that he had made himself from

    Jay Z: The Blueprint

“Fo’Shizzle my Nizzle.” These were the words the dribbled out of the mouth of the Rev. Jesse Jackson as he “graced” the stage at

    Jamiroquai: 2001: A Funk Odyssey

Jamiroquai’s fifth album, 2001: A Funk Odyssey, is an intergalactic break dance across a lighted disco floor. Dipping and spinning, it flirts with Bootsy Collins,

    JJ72: self-titled

There are plenty of reasons not to like JJ72’s debut album, which appeared everywhere else last August but just being released here now, if

Roy Haynes: Birds of a Feather: A Tribute to Charlie Parker

It would seem an odd choice for a drummer to be paying tribute to a saxophonist, but that odd prejudice flies out the window when

John Hiatt: The Tiki Bar Is Open

Ferocious as it is, the acoustic strumming which opens John Hiatt’s latest does not prepare for the onslaught that quickly becomes “Everybody Went Low”.

Stefon Harris and Jacky Terrasson: Kindred

Bruce Lundvall is a very intelligent man. He has single-handedly revived Blue Note Records to its former position as the most interesting label in jazz

Ben Folds: Rockin’ the Suburbs

For most of his career, Ben Folds has thrived on examining those things that needle and surprise us from within -- even in his fictional narratives, you can sense very real experiences whispering from the shadows. Beneath the versatile Tin Pan Alley flourishes and Randy Newmanesque pop sheen of his songs, Folds's attitude ranges from heartfelt to smirking to unforgiving (sometimes all three at once).

Dead Kennedys: Bedtime for Democracy

“Alternative Tentacles will not carry these CDs in our mail order. I will not sign them. I don’t even want them in my collection”.—

The Derailers: Here Come the Derailers

A happy marriage would move these guys from Saturday Night to Sunday Morning. But with the bride running from the altar, well, that means the Derailers are back in the honky-tonk, right where they belong.

Johnny Carson: On Comedy

It’s right there in the liner notes. I’m referring to the problem with Johnny Carson On Comedy, a new CD from

The Chemical Brothers: It Began in Afrika

Boy, do I feel like an idiot. After enjoying the hell out of 1999’s rock-electronica opus Surrender, I jumped when a new Chemical Brothers disc

Joyce Cooling: Third Wish

Having had some unpleasant encounters with rock guitars lately and a blazing row with a “real” jazz fan—who was mortified by a deep house

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