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Monday, September 24 2001

Lifestyle: Frontier

Close. Very close. The first couple songs on this EP are a lot like having that girl you had a crush on all through your


Joe Jackson: The Best of Joe Jackson: The Millennium Collection

In 1979 I was in high school and a convert to the music that was quickly becoming dubbed “new wave”. Having already cut my teeth on


The Handsome Family: Twilight

As I was thumbing through the liner notes to the Handsome Family’s new album Twilight, I came across the following two sentences. “I don’


Jim Hall: Jim Hall and Basses

A great idea this. Take Jim Hall, the quiet experimentalist of the jazz guitar, and a man with almost 50 years of thoughtful and innovative work


Coleman Hawkins: The Hawk in Hi Fi

If you understand and appreciate the importance of Coleman Hawkins to the jazz world, you probably already have this disc. The man basically invented the


Charlie Hunter: Songs from the Analog Playground

'Songs from the Analog Playground' may horrify some in the jazz world and will undoubtedly be deemed too far out for Urban radio. What greater recommendation than that do you need?"


Handsome Devil: Love and Kisses from the Underground

Perhaps it was a mere technical fault, or maybe a bad omen, but this debut album by Orange County natives Handsome Devil just would not


The Four Corners: Say You’re a Scream

You don’t need a wittily bespectacled comp. lit. grad. student or a fully qualified theorist of the postmodern condition to tell you that nostalgia’


Jay Farrar: Sebastopol

For those who were following the plot, it came as no surprise that nothing has been heard from Jay Farrar for the past three years.


The Drive-by Truckers: Southern Rock Opera

Lynyrd Skynyrd's music has long been placed in a second-class category; now, the Drive-by Truckers are reclaiming its status as art while exploring 'the duality of the South'.


John Coltrane: The Olatunji Concert: The Last Live Recording

In 1957 John Coltrane had a spiritual awakening. In previous years, he had been a talented and risk-taking saxophonist with a stylistic debt to Dexter Gordon


Colony: Who I Wanted To Be

Colony is amazingly straightforward. Other bands of its caliber may have aspirations to share some deep insights on the world, or explore new forms of


Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash: I Walk Alone

San Diego country newcomers The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash have released the type of debut album that must really frustrate young artists. Listening to


Carlos Barbosa-Lima: Mambo No. 5

Judging from the title and the cover shot of a blurry little Metropolitan convertible overflowing with bouquets of long-stemmed roses, Carlos Barbosa-Lima is revving up


The Andersons: Family Secrets

There’s been a bit of a trend with actors branching out into music lately, what with Jack Black’s Tenacious D project about to


Abandoned Pools: Humanistic

Abandoned Pools is former Eels’ member Tommy Walter’s current project. On Humanistic, Walter goes at it all alone for the most part, with occasional


Sunday, September 23 2001

    Dar Williams: Out There Live

Bridging the gap between the folk of Shawn Colvin and the crossover pop of Kim Richey, Dar Williams has always been an endearing and popular


Monday, September 17 2001

The Doors: The Very Best of the Doors

Why did Elektra release this? Did some marketing survey reveal that there are fans out there who simply won't pay the extra six bucks for a double album? I don't get it -- but maybe that's why I had such a short-lived career in music marketing and promotions.


Lambchop: Tools in the Dryer

A mixed bag? Surely that was the intention all along. You’ve got to love a band that defies easy categorization, if any at all. Now for that eagerly anticipated sixth album!


The Kingsbury Manx: Let You Down

The new Kingsbury Manx CD, Let You Down, unfolds and spreads like an atmosphere and hangs in the air like architecture to inhabit.


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