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Monday, October 1 2001

    Violet Indiana: Special

I reviewed Violet Indiana’s Roulette album for PopMatters earlier this year. In that review, I praised Robin Guthrie’s delicate, artful guitars and Siobhan


Steve Tyrell: Standard Time

Before 1991, Steve Tyrell was known to just a handful of cognoscenti as the man who put BJ Thomas on the map by producing his version


Ray Romano: Live at Carnegie Hall

Great comedy albums are in short supply these days, which is to be expected. After all, great comedians are equally rare. There was a stretch


    Keith Jarrett / Gary Peacock / Jack DeJohnette: Inside Out

You’d think Keith Jarrett had something to prove. Each release since a bout with chronic fatigue syndrome sidelined him for three years in the


The Gipsy Kings: Somos Gitanos

It’s been 15 years since the Gipsy Kings came on to the world music scene with their multinational take on traditional flamenco music. The trick


Garbage: Beautifulgarbage

Garbage is back. Cue the fanfare. Wait . . . not so fast, junior. Seems that Shirley Manson and pals have upset a few of the old diehards


Four Tet: Pause

Electronic music is a funny medium. Purists balk at it, claiming there’s no talent required when composing with a bank of synths, computers, and


DJ Irene: Global Housediva 2:  Live in Ibiza

This ain’t no ear candy. The pump, the bump, the funky, freaky beats are going to get you, whether you like it or not.


Call and Response: self-titled

Even if you're a die-hard Slipknot fan and you can't stand anything with keyboards or women, you'll have to admit that Call and Response make flawless pop.


Sunday, September 30 2001

Béla Fleck: Perpetual Motion

Perpetual Motion is Fleck’s latest project, a daring foray into Baroque, Classical and Romantic art music.


Thursday, September 27 2001

Godspeed You Black Emperor!

Needless to say, these are serious times. There is little place for irony. There is even less place for facile rock and roll rebellion. Enter


Tess Wiley: Rainy Day Assembly

Tess Wiley began her music career in earnest seven years ago as a member of Sixpence None the Richer. Not to be confused with tow-headed


Now It’s Overhead: self-titled

Enough of this Indian summer, I need winter now. Not because of a masochistic obsession with extreme snow sports or a romantic notion about hot


Wednesday, September 26 2001

Keb’ Mo’

With his 1994 eponymous debut, Keb’ Mo’, the Los Angeles-native also known as Kevin Moore let loose with an album full of solid songwriting and extraordinary


Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson & Sigur Rós: Angels of the Universe

Sigur Rós fans take note: although the Icelandic art-rockers get prominent billing on this film soundtrack, they contribute only two songs. The bulk of


Wayne Escoffery: Times Change

In the awkward divide that has built up between the Burns-Crouch-Marsalis camp and the anti-Burnsites in the past year, any young artist who shows anything


Dear John Letters: Rewriting the Wrongs

Okay, right off the bat, let’s acknowledge the Paul McCartney influence here. Matt Nichols of KEXP radio in Seattle said of Rewriting the Wrongs


Tuesday, September 25 2001

    The Strokes: Is This It

The Strokes have a great sound, and the album is lots of fun. But they are not the saviors of rock 'n' roll, nor are they even remotely cool.


Monday, September 24 2001

The Waterboys

The Big Music is back. Now Mike Scott calls it “sonic rock” (there is no flesh-and-blood saxophonist these days) as he has come full circle


    Various Artists: @ Home: @ Sunrise / @ Home: @ Sunset

With enough chill-out compilations out there to fill a giant-sized bargain bin, it’s going to take a really good album to impress me. As


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