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Monday, October 8 2001

    Leona Naess: I Tried to Rock You But You Only Roll

The extent to which you will enjoy this album depends in great part on your reaction to writing such as this selection from the liner


    The Lilac Time: lilac6

Thank goodness for the double wonders of Stephen Duffy’s midlife crisis and his creative procrastination. Much has happened since 1999 and the critically acclaimed Lilac


Half-handed Cloud: Learning About Your Scale

The very idea of threading Christian messages into pop music that we’re free to buy or ignore still bugs enough believers and non-believers to


The Helio Sequence: Young Effectuals

Here’s my best case against the pompous crust that is known as Radiohead. I ask myself from time to time if people would actually


Kelly Hogan: Because It Feel Good

In the post-Celine Dion universe, women with big, booming voices tend to be viewed with suspicion. It’s like how no one wants to wear


Freeloader: Custom/10

The guys in Freeloader obviously have to know how much they sound just like the Stones on a couple of their songs here. And that’


Dead Red Sea: Birds

Dully self-indulgent, Dead Red Sea seems to be going through the motions on Birds. With its uninspired basement rock, Dead Red Sea is that band


Laura Dawn: Believer

Alongside the edgy girls of Elastica, Garbage and The Cranberries, and the feel-good sounds of girls like Emm Gryner, Lisa Loeb, and Shawn Colvin is


Death Cab for Cutie: The Photo Album

Death Cab for Cutie’s songs live in a tiny, claustrophobic, brilliant space. Every sound matters. Ben Gibbard massages every word he sings, exacting the


Guy Clark, Steve Earle and Townes Van Zandt: Together at the Bluebird Café

Could this be a win-win-win situation, a trio of the finest Texas songwriters taking turns strumming their tunes in a casual sitting? This collection, the


Beachwood Sparks: Once We Were Trees

Beachwood Sparks is a California band; it is the Byrds and the Beach Boys, Love and Buffalo Springfield, the Minutemen and Rank and File. Country-rock or alt-country might be the easiest tags to hang round the band's neck, but it doesn't follow the rules of that genre or any other, it offers more than any pigeonhole could hold.


Aveo: Bridge to the Northern Lights

Aveo is a band that doesn’t know quite who it wants to be. At times, it shares the quiet adolescent misery of bands like


Sunday, October 7 2001

Mercury Rev

For a band that has been through so much in its 10 year lifespan, it is a touch surprising to see the Rev saunter onto the


The Fab Faux

Seek a gear show for those in the know? Go hear Fab Faux! One of my few regrets in life is not having attended a


Stars of the Lid: The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid

It tires you out, makes you feel like you just awakened from either a week-long nap or a coma, as you tend to lose track of time when attempting to sit through it all.


Saturday, October 6 2001

    Various Artists: Listen to What the Man Said: Popular Artists Pay Tribute to the Music of Pa

Various ArtistsComing Up: Independent Artists Pay Tribute to the Music of Paul McCartney(Oglio)US release date: 30 October 2001 by Jason Damas various-mccartneytributes.jpg :. e-mail this


Thursday, October 4 2001

Björk

“It’s not up to you”: or Ethics According to Björk It’s rare when a pop star is also a prophet. The awesomeness


Ryan Adams

At age 26, Ryan Adams has already earned enough praise and criticism to last a career. When he was just 20 years old, Adams’ band Whiskeytown was


Tuesday, October 2 2001

Syd Barrett: The Best of Syd Barrett: Wouldn’t You Miss Me?

If buying a Syd Barrett CD is our electronic equivalent of paying to watch the crazies, what sort of vicarious experience do we hope to get for our $12.99? Whatever we see in Syd probably reveals more about our own delusions than about his.


Monday, October 1 2001

Scrubs

While J.D. is running from pages and hiding in closets, Turk 'is learning by doing,' cutting, poking, and defibrillating with gusto.


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