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Monday, October 8 2001

    Various Artists: Hidden Beach Recordings Presents: Unwrapped Vol. 1

Hip-hop has been mistaken for many things and it is unlikely that hip-hop, even in its most commercial forms, has ever been mistaken for “smooooove”


Various Artists: Blunted 3

Here we are again. Downtempo time. Trip hop as it was once known. Dubby beats, B movie dialogue, Old School scratching, synthesized soundscapes, a little


    Various Artists: If I Had a Song: The Songs of Pete Seeger, Vol. 2

Some may find them merely diverting melodies. Others may find them incitements to Red revolution. And who will say if either or both is wrong?


:Wumpscut:: Wreath of Barbs

As far as world music goes, Germany never gets a fair hearing, does it? All of my acquaintances who dig “world music” gush relentlessly about,


Tall Paul: Mixed Live

It’s no secret that Moonshine Records has long been a label to look toward for cutting edge techno and electronica albums and DJ mixes.


    The Timeout Drawer: A Difficult Future

Completely without vocals, The Timeout Drawer finds ways to make its variety of instruments and synthesizers speak. In this abstract world, The Timeout Drawer is


Sex Pistols: There Is No Future

The silver jubilee of punk has recently prompted PopMatters to put together an excellent collection of essays on punk rock in its various guises during


    Soulstice: Mixed Illusions

Musical talent must run thickly through the veins of the Rene siblings. Gabriel and Gina Rene, along with Andy Caldwell and turntablist Mei-Lwun Yee, form


Bubba Sparxxx: Dark Days, Bright Nights

Neither Eminem nor Bubba Sparxxx actually raise that many real questions -- except about the importance of image and marketing in what is supposed to the form that represents the authentic voice of Now.


    The Soundtrack of Our Lives: Behind the Music

Ah, Sweden. Home of high taxes, red candy fish, universal healthcare, Bergman, and heavy drinking. Every year my high school would host two Swedish students—


The Soundtrack of Our Lives: Welcome to the Infant Freebase

First, I’d like to devote a little time to talking about schizophrenia. There are those who toss the word around often, especially those whachamacalit


Rae & Christian: Anotherlatenight

Manchester is the Madonna of music towns—brilliant, mercurial, by turns trend-chasing and trend-setting, but always managing to come up with something startling and relevant


The Rembrandts: Lost Together

If it weren’t for their largely clean-cut image, the Rembrandts would make a good subject for a movie. Their career has progressed as if


Kid Ramos: Greasy Kid Stuff

If you missed this one last fall, you still have time to catch up with one of the best blues records of 2001. A 17-track “blues


    Jonathan Richman: Her Mystery Not of High Heels and Eye Shadow

For 25-plus years now, Jonathan Richman has been expressing love through his songs. He’s in love with people, places and things, with smells, sights


    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


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