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Thursday, September 28 2000

St. Etienne

has never garnered more than modest record sales in the U.S., the British trio has earned a dedicated cult following.


Wednesday, September 27 2000

Various Artists: Brand Spankin’ New

I like 99 cent samplers. That’s a small risk to become acquainted with new artists, and a small price indeed to pay for Patty Larkin’


Monday, September 25 2000

Various Artists: Entertainment Weekly Greatest Hits: 1984

Thoughts on listening to this CD: Music remains music. From Bill Haley’s’ rock combo to Christina Aguilera’s aural pornography. Whenever one generation questions


Mark Selby: More Storms Comin’

Mark Selby’s Vanguard debut rocks. The opening track, threatening as it is, “Don’t You Throw That Mojo on Me” is about as houserockin’


The Solipsistics: Jesus of the Apes

This is the fourth album from the Solipsistics, produced by Earle Mankey, the man who brought us the great Jupiter Affect record released this year.


Pearl Jam: Arena di Verona

Sometime around 1993, Pearl Jam began removing the middlemen that obscured the way their music was marketed to the public. They stopped making videos, abandoned the


Morphine: Bootleg Detroit

When Morphine leader Mark Sandman collapsed and died in July of 1999, music lost one of it’s most unique and talented voices. During the band’


The Mayflies USA: The Pity List

Though I’m slightly embarrassed to say it now, I didn’t think much of The Mayflies the first time I heard The Pity List .


    Lower East Side Stitches: Lower East Side

The Lower East Side—once home to the immigrants, the dreamers, and the destitute has become residence to a new legion of dot-commers, sheeshee bistros,


John Hiatt: Crossing Muddy Waters

Things couldn’t be much better for John Hiatt right now. Seen on public television weekly as the host of Sessions at West 54th Street,


Lesley Gore: The Best of Lesley Gore: 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection

While the new millennium did not start with the expected power outages and mass looting, it did bring us a number of new compilations of


Stan Getz: My Foolish Heart: Live at the Left Bank

This Getz performance, recorded May 20, 1975, presents his saxophone in quartet with Richie Beirach’s piano, Dave Holland’s bass, and Jack Dejohnette’s drums. It


Faith & Disease: Beneath the Trees

This is Faith & Disease’s sixth release, and their first on the Projekt label. The gothic genre has divided a number of ways, providing


Black Eyed Peas: Bridging the Gap

Black Eyed Peas’ debut album Behind the Front was an energetic hip-hop party thoroughly derivative of A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul, right


Anton Barbeau: 17th Century Fuzzbox Blues

Anton Barbeau is one of the best unknown pop singer-songwriters in the world, period. If this were 1970, and PopMatters was Creem, and I were Lester


Back before it was “cool” to act like you didn’t care, before there was punk rock, new wave, grunge or indie rock, bands prided


Sunday, September 24 2000

Barenaked Ladies / Guster

The Barenaked Ladies seemed a bit lethargic for the first half of their Chicago set, which mostly featured songs from the group’s latest release


Thursday, September 21 2000

Phife Dawg: Ventilation: Da LP

A Tribe Called Quest’s breakup left three talented musicians pursing their own endeavors. As much as the media focuses on Q-Tip over the others,


Tuesday, September 19 2000

Phoenix: United

On United, the music is unoriginal and the lyrics lack substance.


Madonna: Music

And indeed, for Madonna, music, like most everything else, is always going to do something.


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