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Monday, August 20 2001

    Moviola: Rumors of the Faithful

Defining a band’s sound is a tricky, complicated area. My usual first instinct, when the subject comes up, is to dismiss the idea entirely,


Mink Lungs: The Better Button

When a band’s record label touts a band as “cohesive”, you can be pretty sure they’re covering something up. In the case of


    Lupine Howl: The Carnivorous Lunar Activities of Lupine Howl

In a sense, Lupine Howl are in something of a no-win situation since they have the albatross of Spiritualized around their necks.


Nathan Larson: Jealous God

There are plenty of artists out there with spiritual leanings, but very few willing to deal with God—with a capital ‘G’.


    Charles Lloyd: Hyperion with Higgins

I wonder how many of the one million people who bought Forest Flower back in the hippy era will check this release out. Probably precious


The Isley Brothers: Harvest for the World / The Heat is On

Eternal, the most recent release by the famed Isley Brothers, is easily one of their strongest since their classic “3+3” era. Almost four decades before “Mr.


His Name Is Alive: someday my blues will cover the earth

The release of His Name Is Alive’s new album was held up, according to the 4AD website, by “near legendary” problems with the cover.


Dave Holland Quintet: Not for Nothin’

If Dave Holland ever tires of being mentioned only as the young English bass-player recruited by Miles Davis in the late ‘60s, then he does


Scott Henry: Buzz: The Politics of Sound

For all the bad press the rave community has gotten over the years, very few cases rival the sensational shut-down of the Buzz club in


Charlie Haden / Egberto Gismonti: In Montreal

I can’t imagine why this has taken 12 years to surface but the current fondness for Latin music won’t hurt its sales. In fact


Holly Golightly: Singles Round-Up

If the music industry were like an episode of the original Star Trek, Holly Golightly would be the goateed evil doppelganger of Julee Cruise. Or,


Miles Davis: Live at the Fillmore East

The group that Miles Davis brought to the Fillmore Auditorium on March 6 and 7, 1970, the so-called “lost quintet”, was a loud and fierce avant-garde jazz/rock


The Damned: Grave Disorder

The Damned are back. If that news excites you, then you’ll be happy to know that the regrouped punk band from days of yore


Elvis Costello: Spike / All This Useless Beauty

What makes Elvis Costello’s music so vital is its restlessness. For better or worse, he has continually refused to rely on formulas or reputation,


The Clean: Getaway

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Black Cat Music: Hands in the Estuary, Torso in the Lake

Some interesting things about Black Cat Music: 1. They hate being compared to the Murder City Devils, and have considered making a section of their website


Bosco: Action

From the boom-clap-bash of the first track, “Satellite” to the meaningless but inoffensive snippet of the last, “Runk Pockers”, Bosco’s Action is undeniably the


Black Box Recorder: The Worst of Black Box Recorder

After the tetchy tirades of the Auteurs, Luke Haines decided to shift focus—his Angry Young Man for the ‘90s act never quite hit the


The Appleseed Cast: Low Level Owl Volume I

Boy oh boy, did I expect to hate this record. The press kit alone nauseated me, with its hyperbolic invocations of “blossoming atmospherics” and “waves


Laurie Anderson: Life on a String

One of the keys to Laurie Anderson’s material success as an artist has been the ability of her albums to stand on their own


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