Monday, September 24 2001
Italian cool meets Bossa Nova with a little touch of jazz-house. Cinecitta soundtracks get the Jazzanova treatment. Bebel Gilberto goes Abstract Lounge. Any of the
Am I listening to the right CD? I’ve had to check at least twice, but yep, there it is on the sleeve—this is
If you’ve read Rick Bragg’s memoir All Over but the Shoutin’, it’s impossible to hear a song like Matthew Ryan’s “Night
Rock and electronic music have a very shaky relationship. Early on in their career, the Chemical Brothers put big beat on the map and successfully
It has been a good year for soul music. Not only have the neo/nu coterie all dropped solid releases but, for the first time
It’s not hard to spot a Naked Music head in a crowd of house aficionados—there’s something about the way they walk, the
Atlanta rockers Marathon may consist of the quartet of Mike Roberts, Chuck Carrier, Tim Turnbow and Dan Morris, but with vocalist Carrier writing every song
That act of disrupting, of throwing off expectations, is key to the Microphones’ music. It’s even more central to the songs’ musical constructions than
Surf Wrestlers Attack AM Standards! To be truthful, it’s hard to listen to anything these days. There’s so much instability in the world
Close. Very close. The first couple songs on this EP are a lot like having that girl you had a crush on all through your
In 1979 I was in high school and a convert to the music that was quickly becoming dubbed “new wave”. Having already cut my teeth on
As I was thumbing through the liner notes to the Handsome Family’s new album Twilight, I came across the following two sentences. “I don’
A great idea this. Take Jim Hall, the quiet experimentalist of the jazz guitar, and a man with almost 50 years of thoughtful and innovative work
If you understand and appreciate the importance of Coleman Hawkins to the jazz world, you probably already have this disc. The man basically invented the
'Songs from the Analog Playground' may horrify some in the jazz world and will undoubtedly be deemed too far out for Urban radio. What greater recommendation than that do you need?"
Perhaps it was a mere technical fault, or maybe a bad omen, but this debut album by Orange County natives Handsome Devil just would not
You don’t need a wittily bespectacled comp. lit. grad. student or a fully qualified theorist of the postmodern condition to tell you that nostalgia’
For those who were following the plot, it came as no surprise that nothing has been heard from Jay Farrar for the past three years.
Lynyrd Skynyrd's music has long been placed in a second-class category; now, the Drive-by Truckers are reclaiming its status as art while exploring 'the duality of the South'.
In 1957 John Coltrane had a spiritual awakening. In previous years, he had been a talented and risk-taking saxophonist with a stylistic debt to Dexter Gordon