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Monday, October 22 2001

Harry Connick Jr.: 30

Contrary to what the title of his latest release would lead listeners to believe, Harry Connick Jr. is actually 34 years old. Denoting the artist’s

Collette Carter: The New Stroboscopic

Synths. I love ‘em, as any six months worth of my reviews should prove, especially under the fingers of an Alan Wilder, a Joe Jackson—

The Cranberries: Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

The record company hyperbole enthusiastically heralds The Cranberries’ fifth album, Wake Up and Smell the Coffee, as a return to the phenomenally successful Irish band’

Jane Bunnett: Alma de Santiago

Cuban music has become rather omnipresent these days, and it’s tempting to write off any norteamericano who travels down there and starts messing around.

Regina Belle: This is Regina

Though Anita Baker first emerged as lead vocalist of Chapter 8 in 1979 and her debut solo recording The Songstress was released in 1983, it was not until 1986

Be: Thistupidream

Thistupidream is an album teetering on perfection. Its ten tracks threaten to transform themselves into a musical epic at nearly every turn thanks to the

Bush: Golden State

Golden State, the new release from alternative-rock mainstay Bush, is finally here, but is it any good? Bush continues on the road that began with

The Beanweevils: self-titled

The Beanweevils is without a doubt the most repugnant release of the year. Period. I hasten to even write a full-length review for this group

Don Byron: You Are #6

Don Byron is the most ambitious jazz artist in the United States of America. He wants it all, and he wants it bad. In 10 years,

The Appleseed Cast: Low Level Owl Volume II

Now that we’re here at Volume II of the Appleseed Cast’s epic project Low Level Owl, let’s take a few minutes to

The Allman Brothers Band: The Road Goes on Forever: A Collection of Their Greatest Recordings [Expa

“The vision was anti-industrial, anti-mechanical. It was mystical, just out of reach: a private self-revelation. It was the myth of the South, recast for a

Sunday, October 21 2001

Various Artists: Hallelujah

Gospel has been part of dance music for a long time of course, though never so explicitly as in this current manifestation.

The Dismemberment Plan: Change

Two years ago The Dismemberment Plan were independent rock’s Next Big Thing. After being dropped by Interscope, they released Emergency and I on DeSoto—

Aphex Twin: Drukqs

We were all on the edge of our seats back in the day, when Richard James' tunes were an explosive mixture of ray guns, mouth harps, and ping-pong balls. On 'Drukqs' he just opens up his box and draws out the same dusty old props.

Friday, October 19 2001

DJ Shadow

Party Politics: Musical Culture is Safe With DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist and Friends Though the thorough body search at the entrance to Hollywood’s Knitting

Thursday, October 18 2001


Low, Obscured by Crowds In the wake of recent events here in New York City—and elsewhere, it goes without saying—the idea of an

Focus (2001)

William H. Macy plays Larry like a length of coaxial cable in a bowtie and a cardigan.

Wednesday, October 17 2001

The Breeders

The Breeders Give Birth to a Good Time“Hey, nothing’s in my heartI’d rather be cool than be smartHey, what I’m thinking

Basement Jaxx

Basement Jaxx have surely obtained a convert. I’ve never been a fan of electronica, but after the Basement Jaxx show, I have been struck

Monday, October 15 2001

    Michael Wolff & Impure Thoughts: Intoxicate

Pianist Michael Wolff’s previous album, the first with his band Impure Thoughts (and which also bore that name) was one of the finest records

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