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Monday, August 28 2000

Sarah Harmer: You Were Here

Sincerity can go a long way for a musician, especially in these days of pre-packaged pop. It’s doubtful that ‘N Sync means every word


Caviar: self-titled

From the outset, everything about Caviar screams potential. The sexy design of the album liner notes. The indulgence that oozes from a band named like “


The Churchills: You Are Here

The Churchills’ You Are Here is solid evidence that not all albums can be judged by the first few tracks. Tradition dictates that an unknown


Sunday, August 27 2000

Various Artists: Holiday Matinee Volume II

In the liner notes of Holiday Matinee Volume II producer David J. Brown wrote about the founding of his record label, Better Looking Records. “A


Monday, August 21 2000

Various Artists: Reggae Over Africa

In the United States, reggae and the rasta lifestyle have become trendy. White teenagers grow fat dreads, wear Bob Marley tie-dyed shirts and jam on


Zebrahead: Playmate of the Year

The band hired several Playboy models to appear within the context of their CD booklet—a photo shoot that the all male group made sure


Riptones: Buckshot

Elvis may have been King, but his guitar player, Scotty Moore, was a major contributor to the kingdom. The “sound” of those classic Elvis singles


Maria McKee: Ultimate Collection

A waif-ish pixie with a tornado-sized voice, Maria McKee burst onto the international stage in 1985 with her band Lone Justice. You’re forgiven if you


Lolita Storm: G-F-S-U

On G-F-S-U (Girls Fucking Shit Up), Lolita Storm proves beyond any reasonable doubt that Brighton rocks, albeit with a little help from Berlin—in the


Chris Knox: Beat

From his native Invercargill, New Zealand (described by that noted travel writer, Keith Richards, as “the asshole of the world”), to France (where he was


Elastica: The Menace

Elastica, the pop-punk band that became a poster child for Britpop in America back in 1995, has been best known of late for their disappearing act.


Ian Dury and the Blockheads: All the Best, Mate: Live

In 1977 I was 14 when my much older brother returned from law school in San Francisco. I have always said that he was responsible for my


Cleopatra: Steppin’ Out

While British sister act Cleopatra earned comparisons to the Spice Girls with their pop-focused 1998 debut, the trio are aiming to capture fans of TLC and


Buffalo Tom: A-Sides from Buffalo Tom (1988 to 1999)

The notion that Goo Goo Dolls, Third Eye Blind, Matchbox 20 and The Wallflowers can achieve Brontosaurus-heavy radio rotation while Buffalo Tom remain in the shadows


Wednesday, August 16 2000

BT

It's been said about a thousand times that electronica needs a face before it can become a part of the US pop music mainstream.


Monday, August 14 2000

Wheatus: self-titled

Columbia Records took a huge risk when they let one of their newest finds, Wheatus, make their label debut all by themselves. The group, which


Victoria Williams: Water to Drink

I was first heard Victoria Williams’ music on the benefit album, Sweet Relief. What a beautiful and glorious album. With a cast of artists from


Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee: Absolutely the Best

Country blues is the primitive, acoustic grandpa to much of what passes for blues these days. While theories abound regarding the origins of the blues


Tommy Sims: Peace & Love

Over the years Tommy Sims has worked with the likes of Garth Brooks, Joan Osborne, and Amy Grant. However, lovers of top quality music should


Sunna: One Minute Science

Sunna have quite the pedigree. Frontman Jon Harris played on Massive Attack’s Mezzanine and this debut is released through Massive’s Melankolic imprint, home


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