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Monday, September 3 2001

Garmarna: Hildegard von Bingen

Garmarna may add more fuel to the ongoing dialogues about authenticity in musical presentation with their latest endeavor, Hildegard von Bingen . This album is an

Fugu: Fugu 1

Stepping into Fugu’s world for the first time feels like crawling into a hidden corner of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club

Duane Eubanks Quintet/Sextet: Second Take

There always seems to be space these days for a good Hard Bop outfit. It was rather different 30 years ago when it seemed that Art

Converge: Jane Doe

A lot has been said about the whole “math rock” genre. But no one ever seems to apply the label to any type of music

Bows: Cassidy

Atmospheric and unrestrained, Bows’ sophomore album Cassidy incorporates a trip-hop vibe with jazz and drum and bass influences. Not wanting to be limited to any

The Best Friends Group: When Everyone’s Around

The Best Friends Group is exactly what it sounds like: a group of friends getting together to play music. These friends are gifted indie-pop musicians

Sunday, September 2 2001

Hydroplane: The Sound of Changing Places

As members of The Cat’s Miaow, Kerrie Bolton and Andrew Withycombe help create pretty, smart pop music. With their other band Hydroplane, they do

Friday, August 31 2001

Pine Mountain Railroad: Knoxville Train

Let’s talk Tennessee cuisine. Folks in the Volunteer State are fiercely loyal to their native brands. For example, a blackberry cobbler would be ruin’

Monday, August 27 2001

Björk: Vespertine

Vespertine is the best album of Björk’s career.

    Muddy Waters: The Anthology: 1947-1972

Born in 1915 in rural Mississippi, McKinley Morganfield had an early childhood that differed little from those of most African-Americans growing up in the thick of

U-Roy: Now

In terms of influencing the way music sounds today it is not too fanciful to accord the Jamaican sound systems of the 1960s and ‘70s

    Phil Upchurch: Tell the Truth

It is hard to believe that there is only one Phil Upchurch. His name appears with such frequency on so many records that you would

    Glenn Tilbrook: The Incomplete Glenn Tilbrook

When you first set this one spinning, you realize how good it is to hear that most distinctive voice again. It’s the unmistakable voice

    Truby Trio: DJ Kicks

Truby Trio embody everything that is sleek and polished about the European jet-set lifestyle. It’s rather sickening, actually. First of all, there’s Rainer

    Stereolab: Sound-Dust

By now, after eight albums and a hard-to-map path of singles and EPs, Stereolab has written their own musical language. It’s one built in

    Adam Schmitt: Demolition

A long time ago, or so it seems, I had Adam Schmitt’s first album, World So Bright that I found in a bargain bin

Earl Scruggs: Earl Scruggs and Friends

One of the great things about Earl Scruggs—besides, of course, the fact that he’s a musical genius whose three-finger picking style revolutionized the

    Quiet Riot: Metal Health

When Quiet Riot released Metal Health in the spring of 1983, it was an instant success. By November the record had sold millions and became the

Phamous Phaces: New Pop City

New Pop City is populated with highly competent, melodic jangle-pop and is easily the best effort yet from this Eugene, Oregon quartet, so why do

    Bud Powell: The Amazing Bud Powell—Vols 1 and 2

That each generation of jazz pianists still marvels at and learns from Bud Powell is proof that these are so much more than historically interesting museum pieces.

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