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Monday, June 12 2000

Cross My Heart: Temporary Contemporary

We can only hope that the madness will end soon. I beg you, you fun little white boys with yr cute hair cuts that live


Monday, June 5 2000

    Tahiti 80: Puzzle

Tahiti 80 is pristine French pop crafted in the spirit of the ‘60s rock icons—like the Kinks and the Zombies—that the band so obviously


Fiver: Strings for Satellites

Strings for Satellites, the title of the second album from Modesto, California band Fiver, is an elliptical phrase that has the sort of poetic ambiguity


Matt Bruno: Punch & Beauty

This is a reissue from the people who brought you one of the best CDs of last year in June and the Exit Wounds: a


BT: Movement in Still Life

There is no reason for BT to not be a star. With his amazing gift for mixing hip-hop, electronica, and rock into transcendently danceable music,


Belle & Sebastian: Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant

Okay, all you latter-day hipsters. Time to crawl out of those garrets and make haste to your local record shops. The new Belle & Sebastian


Archers of Loaf: Seconds Before the Accident

I need to open this review with a caveat. I love the Archers. Well, I loved the Archers. I had the pleasure of seeing them


Asia: The Very Best of Asia: Heat of the Moment (1982-90)

When Asia formed in 1981, the odds were certainly against them in their quest for commercial success. With the music industry in a transitory period, rock


Artful Dodger UK: Re-Rewind

Arrangers and producers Mark Hill and Peter Devereux, who are Artful Dodger (along with singer Craig David on this track), fill these three mixes with


Saturday, June 3 2000

Elf Power: Vainly Clutching at Phantom Limbs

Somewhere between the average garage band’s angst-filled music and Elf Power’s beautiful, child-like melodies as demonstrated on their newest material, lies the sound


Wednesday, May 31 2000

Dewey Defeats Truman: B-sides, Rarities, and Out-takes

“Walking Backwards.” What an appropriate title for the opener to the debut album from Dewey Defeats Truman, because their sound is walking backwards—in time,


Monday, May 29 2000

Marvin Gaye: Midnight Love

My first memory of Marvin Gaye is of seeing him singing “Sexual Healing” on TV and giggling with my friends, not only because, as nine-year-old


Lara Fabian: self-titled

Lara Fabian names as her influences Barbara Streisand and Freddie Mercury of Queen. Both of these singers have their moments, if they’re not exactly


Elk City: Status

Elk City’s Status comes across as an effortless echo of the Velvet Underground, Mazzy Star, Kristin Hersh/Throwing Muses/Tanya Donnelly, Lisa Germano and Yo La Tengo.


Earth, Wind & Fire: The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire Vol.II

Earth, Wind and Fire were on the R&B and Pop charts consistently for 15 years, allowing for occasional gaps. And even then, vocalist and


Vic Chesnutt & Mr. and Mrs. Keneipp: Merriment

My first experience with Vic Chestnutt was in a small club in Austin, Texas. I was standing in the crowd with my girlfriend, when somebody


Camden: Reel Time Canvas

Have you ever been trapped in an elevator with some one you didn’t know? All that uncomfortable silence. All the wondering when the hell


Bright Eyes: Fevers and Mirrors

For Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes, depression is a catalyst. Oberst doesn’t just broadcast the pain of suffering from depression, but the confusion the


Bluebird: The Two

Bluebird plays emo. Not that I’d hold that against them—they’d probably prefer some term like “post-hardcore” to the old standby, newly-refreshed for


Belle Starr: Nobody You’d Know

I’m not really sure how to classify Belle Starr. They’re not coffeehouse folksy tripe; they’re not really country; there’s no bluegrass


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