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Thursday, April 4 2002

Crush (2001)

'Crush' is surely 'quaint,' but . . . it's also sad in ways it probably doesn't mean to be.

Wednesday, April 3 2002

Texas is the Reason: Do You Know Who You Are?

When I listen to Texas is the Reason’s Do You Know Who You Are?, I have the feeling I’ve been here before. The

Roxy Music: Avalon

Put in percussion, lots of imported blocks scrapingMuted bongos, plucked bass beats, empty hollow soundingTones to get your empty ribcage reverbratingHe’s singing lyrics about

Chris Isaak: Always Got Tonight

You have to give Chris Isaak his due—he only does one thing but he does it very well. Always Got Tonight, his new release

Hefner: Dead Media

Right from the first seconds of the opening title track of Hefner’s fourth album, the synthesizers say it all. Sparkling squiggles of vintage analogue

Maggie Connell: The Luxury of Sadness

Maggie Connell’s The Luxury of Sadness is an album to behold. It is a strange little work, one that doesn’t freely lend itself

The Catheters: Static Delusions and Stone-Still Days

And I had such high hopes for Sub Pop. Last year was banner year for the label by any standard. In addition to excellent albums

Club 8: Spring Came, Rain Fell

It should almost be law that any male/female duo that forms a band must date, then break up, but keep the band together. The

Tuesday, April 2 2002

Mingus Big Band: The Essential Mingus Big Band

See a band credited to a deceased leader the Benny Goodman Orchestra, for instance and you think old, out-of-touch, lame, boring you get the picture.

Michael Jackson: Love Songs

Perhaps you would find it fascinating to consider the oft-discussed awkward sexuality of Michael Jackson at age 43 in the context of the Love Songs on

The Hives: Veni, Vidi, Vicious

“I’m stuck in ways of sadistic joy / My talent only goes as far as to annoy.” —“Main Offender” The genres known as power-pop and

Hefner: The Fidelity Wars

There is an unwritten rule to indie pop: it must come from a broken heart. And the Britpop band Hefner capitalizes on this, putting out

Freezepop: Fashion Impression Function

FreezepopFreezepop Forever(Archenemy)US release date: 1 February 2001 by Jason Damas freezepop-fashion.jpg :. e-mail this article:. print this article:.

Departure Lounge: Too Late to Die Young

When a band boasts not one, but two theremin players in its lineup, that’s usually not a good sign. The B.S. alarm sounds;

Elvin Bishop: The Best of Elvin Bishop: 20th Century Masters, The Millennium Collection

Elvin Bishop is one of the best, famous for pouring upbeat and happy music out of the blues. This “Best Of” in all fairness to

Monday, April 1 2002

Unwound: Leaves Turn Inside You

What the hell is post-post-punk? Well, let’s work backwards: punk rock was slammin’ good times before fracturing into millions of subgenres, at which point

Receiver: Inspiration Overload

At the end of 2001, I took a pass on the opportunity to write a “best albums of 2001” list for any of the various publications that

The Posies: Nice Cheekbones and a Ph.D.

The Posies are back. Or were they ever gone? Two years after announcing they would never play together again, here is proof that breaking up

The Pernice Brothers: The World Won’t End

The Pernice Brothers come from a different universe. They make music as if they’re from some parallel reality where three-minute songs teeming with guitars

Earl Hines: At the Party

Out of the voices and din of what sounds like some late night hipster hot spot comes the low rumble of a piano, like an

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