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Friday, October 26 2001

Monster Massive

Richard “Humpty” Vission Mark Grant 2001 has not been a good year for the Los Angeles rave scene. The summer’s biggest event, JuJu Beats, was

Jackie-O Motherfucker: Liberation

With a name like Jackie-O Motherfucker and an album titled Liberation, you might expect agit-prop, or at least some spark-generating musical confrontation. On their second

R. L. Burnside: Burnside on Burnside

R.L. Burnside was born on November 23, 1926, in Oxford, Mississippi. A little over a year younger than B.B. King, Burnside sat out the post-WWII

The Ray Anderson Quartet: Bonemeal

There aren’t a million jazz trombonists out there composing and leading their own groups, but when one does come down the pike, they tend

Tuesday, October 23 2001

Linkin Park: Hybrid Theory

Unless you’ve been under a rock the last year, you’ll know the boys that are Linkin Park. These fortunate five may not have

Monday, October 22 2001

The Strokes

Maybe because this is Texas, maybe because they were playing an oversized barbeque joint, The Strokes took the stage like a quintet of spaghetti western

Dumbo, 60th Anniversary DVD (2001)

Now seems remarkable not only for its adorable child's tale, but for its overt depiction of Disney's peculiar brand of patriotism.

Robert Walter: There Goes the Neighborhood

Good God Almighty, it’s time to get funky! This is the kind of CD that’s guaranteed to not leave your stereo for long

Bebo Valdés: El Arte del Sabor

Three men get together for four days in New York to record a Cuban-inflected jazz album. They are pretty old: two of them are 83, one

Volta Do Mar: At the Speed of Light or Day

A quartet from the Windy City, Volta Do Mar (a Portugese term translated as “turn of the sea”) have, according to their PR, made it

Townes Van Zandt: Texas Rain: The Texas Hill Country Recordings

Despite the fact that Nashville stands on the shoulders of songwriters (one drive down the surreal fixture known as Music Row attests to that), it’

Jordan Rudess: Feeding the Wheel

As if you couldn’t tell from the cover art, Jordan Rudess’ Feeding the Wheel is an embarrassing mess. Resembling the score for some overtly

    The Orange Alabaster Mushroom: Space & Time: A Compendium Of . . .

The name The Orange Alabaster Mushroom should tell you everything you need to know about this band. Under the delightful delusion that the ‘60s are

Raul Malo: Today

Music for all Occasions Even looking back, with a fistful of quality albums under the band’s belt, it’s hard to imagine the Mavericks

    Mogwai: My Father My King

Mogwai’s new EP, My Father My King, is, in a word, artless. It is inscrutable from every angle: melodically dull and repetitive, rhythmically plodding,

Reba McEntire: Greatest Hits Volume III: I’m a Survivor

Reba McEntire’s third volume of Greatest Hits is just what her fans have come to expect. That there are three such collections in McEntire’

The Langley Schools Music Project: Innocence & Despair

Four months after its CD release in 2001, the story of The Langley Schools Music Project is now the stuff of indie legend, something so seemingly

Anita Lane: Sex O’ Clock

Anita Lane: The female Leonard Cohen. Who knew? While Cohen’s writing has always been revered, his song styling and vocal timbre require a very

John Lennon & Yoko Ono: Milk and Honey

I was only eight years old when John Lennon was killed. At the time, I had an idea of who he was, but wasn’t

The (International) Noise Conspiracy: A New Morning, Changing Weather

The word “International” is in parentheses, so the implication is that we should treat it as an aside or a qualifier of some sort, as

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