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Tuesday, October 29 2002

Mark Mallman: The Red Bedroom

Although from Milwaukee, it would appear that Mark Mallman has more Minneapolis blood in his veins than that of his Wisconsin hometown. Originally the lead


Metro Area: self-titled

One of the biggest beefs that both critics and the public seemed to have in the late 1970s was about the “processed” or “artificial” sounds


Blevin Blectum: Talon Slalom

“Come and take a trip in my rocketship,” goes a vocal sample used as a sort-of hook on one track on Talon Slalom, a solo


Monday, October 28 2002

Plush: Fed

“You know, it’s not bad, but couldn’t he get someone else to sing?I like the horns a lot, but it’s kind


Andrea Perry: Two

Objectivity is a difficult task, made even more so when fondness for an artist might cloud one’s perspective. Still, I am compelled to gush


Mansun: Six

This is inspired dementia from start to finish. Some would be tempted to call it a concept album, but, honestly, there’s too much going on for there to be a coherent concept.


Tommy Lee: Never a Dull Moment

In the recent best-selling, tell-all Mötley Crüe biography The Dirt, vocalist Vince Neil said of his former bandmate Tommy Lee: “Whatever is in,


Kansas: The Ultimate Kansas

At first glance, it’s hard to take the title of this two-disc compilation, The Ultimate Kansas, very seriously. Particularly when it’s a matter


Ben Folds: Ben Folds Live

October 1997, Vic Theatre, Chicago. I’m in the balcony with my two best friends and wife-to-be, watching Ben Folds Five positively tear the place down. “


The Extra Glenns: Martial Arts Weekend

One thing you can say about John Darnielle is that he’s done things his own way. Aside from his work as one half of


EchoBrain: self-titled

I’m probably one of the few remaining fans from Metallica’s relatively early days who still liked the band three years ago. True, Metallica


Dave Matthews Band: Busted Stuff

Seems the small Pennsylvania town of Hershey is not only famous for its chocolate. It’s also got its fair share of Dave Matthews Band


Conya Doss: Poem About Ms. Doss

Though the folks at corporate don’t seem to know it yet, neo-soul is out and real soul music is in again. This is not


Thursday, October 24 2002

Matthew Sweet: To Understand: The Early Recordings of Matthew Sweet

Matthew Sweet fans are of the rabidly devoted type. Ask the typical Matthew Sweet fan about their collection of his material, and they’re likely


Supreme Beings of Leisure: Divine Operating System

The Supreme Beings of Leisure take the sophomore slump and drop-kick it into last week on Divine Operating System, the follow-up to the self-titled debut


Orwell: Following Days

Bonjour monsieurs y madamoiselles and pardon the intrusion, but there’s another French revolution afoot—a subtle one in the world of popular music. Unobtrusively


NON: Children of the Black Sun

The story of ambient music’s genesis begins with egg-domed musical dilettante/mentor Brian Eno being struck by a taxi in January 1975. While recuperating in


Matthew: Everybody Down

Let’s be frank, shall we? Everybody Down is an entirely bland release with no glimmers of individual personality at all. That Matthew is a


Iron Maiden: Rock in Rio

Earlier this year, I wrote a review of Iron Maiden’s CD release of Rock in Rio, their January, 2001 performance which was recorded for both


Herbie Hancock: The Herbie Hancock Box

Herbie Hancock may just be the most comfortable performer ever with the jazz dichotomy between the funky, earthy, gospel-influenced and the lyrical, abstract. He’s


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