Monday, May 7 2001
Oh how far we’ve come, David Byrne. Byrne left an indelible mark on pop music with his first outfit (oversized), Talking Heads. In the
The idea combining world music with dance beats is perhaps nothing new, but Natacha Atlas has mastered this art. While exhibiting her obvious love for
Tuesday, May 1 2001
Icelandic musical phenomena Sigur Rós are the epitome of youth and isolation.
Seattle’s The Green Pajamas should be near the top of any Most Underrated Band in America list.
Monday, April 30 2001
1 May 2001: Irving Plaza - New York.
Frankly I’ve never given a hoot about the musical art form known as electronica. Perhaps it has to do with age or maybe it’
Nineteen ninety-five—ah, those were the good old days. Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera still had their Mickey Mouse ears, the Backstreet Boys were known
One gets the sense Gram Parsons knew he wouldn't be around very long. This is music of distinction, often dark and always poignant, and whether Gram Parsons sings original music or covers a classic, his pure heart makes it his own. His genius is in making music that speaks to a certain frame of mind, a mood expressed as loneliness sung.
Ocean Colour Scene have produced an album that’s warm and full, leaving the listener bathed in a peaceful glow.
Trouble in Shangri-La is Stevie Nicks’ first album of new material since 1994—since the successful Fleetwood Mac reunion, the release of her box set Enchanted,
Pop history is as slippery as a Tom Parker, as mysterious as a Brian Epstein, as mercurial as a Malcolm McLaren. Like its great managerial
Chris Clark, I thought I had him all sussed out. He’s signed to Warp (home of Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, Autechre, etc.) and
It took four years for Take Manhattan to be released? Why? At best it sounds like early Dinosaur Jr. meets typical college alt-rock. Oh well,
Thursday, April 26 2001
When Freddie King died in 1976, aged only 42, the world did not mourn. A little too old to be a “Live Fast, Die Young” legend and
Blaze have been around nearly 15 years. In that time they have become the leading exponents of jazzy, soulful house music, with endless remix credits and
Tuesday, April 24 2001
Does the group once famously dubbed the most important British band of the ‘90s have anything left for us to listen to in this new millennium?
Taken on its own merits, Sad Sappy Sucker is pretty good, but the out-and-out strangeness of it all and the fact that it doesn’t hold together as a real album may throw off the uninitiated.
Monday, April 23 2001
If you, like me, have synth-pop/dance records in your collections ranging from pioneers like Vince Clarke to bandwagon jumpers like Naked Eyes, Venus Hum
Having listened to Roto’s debut effort The Low Power Hour to the point of nausea, I am still clueless as to what these guys
Straddling the Carpathian highland border between eastern Hungary and northwestern Romania, Erdély or Transylvania has long been a cultural crossroads whose discordant political history