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Monday, September 10 2001

    They Might Be Giants: Mink Car

Once upon a time, They Might Be Giants saved my life. Well, okay, not literally saved it, but they did offer me a sense of

    Talk Talk: Spirit of Eden

 “Something awful has happened; something terrible. Something worse, even, than the fall of man. For in that greatest of all tragedies, we merely lost

    Techno Animal: The Brotherhood of the Bomb

This is Monster Island hip-hop. That’s the absolute best description I’ve been able to come up with, after a couple of weeks of

    Son, Ambulance: Euphemystic

Oh Holy Fools: The Music of Son, Ambulance and Bright Eyes, released earlier this year, was filled with eight heart-baring pop/rock songs, four from

Doug Sahm: Son of San Antonio: The Roots of Sir Douglas

I found myself grieving a bit with Doug Sahm’s departure. I had to stop and assess this twinge of loss, as I never collected

    Solex: Low Kick and Hard Bop

Phoebe: I loved it! It was so moving. Oh, plus it’s just, it’s so different from the stuff you usually hear. Chandler: You

    Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder: History of the Future

The fact that Ricky Skaggs has cut another bluegrass album is about as thrilling as Michael Jordan’s Third Coming to the NBA. We’re

    Ken Stringfellow: Touched

Ken Stringfellow really is a master of the modern pop idiom, which should come as no surprise considering his involvement in about a hundred different

P.O.D.: Satellite

P.O.D.—or to give them their full name, Payable on Death—are believe it are not, a massively popular Christian band. But with

    Ozomatli: Embrace the Chaos

Don’t believe everything you read in the papers, especially when it comes to coverage of political protests and street demonstrations. Despite what nearly every

The New York Dolls: I’m a Human Being / Red Patent Leather / Seven Day Weekend

The truth? The New York Dolls had an outrageous image but nothing going on musically. They were a great idea for a band that never

    Jason Moran: Black Stars

Jason Moran’s latest Blue Note offering, Black Stars, features the great saxophonist Sam Rivers with Moran’s working trio of Nasheet Waits (drums) and

    Metrovavan: Retrofitting

At first it’s hard not to associate a musician with what he or she has done in the past. Metrovavan is a project of

    Mercury Rev: All Is Dream

It’s a shame the term “trailblazer” has been so woefully overused in the world of music, because it’s surely the best way to

    Lu: self-titled

Somewhat anonymous, Lu play retro-new wave, playing “alternative” pop/rock instrumentals on drums, bass, guitars and assorted unspecified machines that sound like an Atari arcade

Lynyrd Skynyrd: One More from the Road (Deluxe Edition)

Lynyrd Skynyrd Live at the Fox Theatre (Revisited): The 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of One More from the Road Between July 7 and July 9, 1976, audiences at

    Albert King: I Get Evil

He is still unmistakable, visually and aurally, after all these years. A huge man, six foot four and weighing 250 pounds, always photographed with his trademark

    Lucy Kaplansky: Every Single Day

Lucy Kaplansky has one of the better—and most-repeated—biographies in the folk-pop world. She grew up in Chicago and was singing solo in coffeehouses

    Boris Kovac & the LaDaABa Orchest: The Last Balkan Tango: An Apocalyptic Dance Party

Release date of September 11, 2001. The inside photograph shows what might be a small impromptu shrine—a white kitchen candle with a burned wick but no

    Jude: King of Yesterday

Jude Christodal covers a song by Bread on his new album, King of Yesterday. Not that there’s anything wrong with that per se—but

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