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Monday, May 7 2001

    Various Artists: Jamaica

Putumayo’s latest offering, Jamaica, focuses on the music of the now infamous island: reggae. This is its second similarly themed album after 1998’s Reggae


    The Volebeats: Mosquito Spiral

After the instrumental reverie of their previous disc, Solitude, it was inevitable that The Volebeats return to the Beatles-influenced country rock and pop sound of


    Templars: The Horns of Hattin

The Templars of ancient European history were an order of knights who were some of the most mysterious figures to have arisen in the era


    To Rococo Rot & I-Sound: Music Is a Hungry Ghost

I have a hard time with electronic music. In fact, I think most of it sucks. In one ear and out the other. Usually never


    Sum 41: All Killer No Filler

It may not be fair game to comment on the presskit, but I think the Island Record’s biography of Sum 41 goes a little too


    Susheela Raman: Salt Rain

Susheela Raman is a world music marketer’s dream. She is 28 years old and has great hair. She was born in London to South Indian


    Pablo Cruise: The Best Of - The Millennium Collection

If you were to approach average teenage music fans and ask them who Pablo Cruise is, you may get responses like “Tom’s brother” or


    Punchy: Just My Type

When Van Halen released their monumental debut album in 1978, they introduced to the world a lineup that would dominate the rock music scene for the


    Placebo: Black Market Music

Placebo is wonderfully anachronistic in their outlook. They refuse to let the early ‘70s die. They fashion themselves as the heirs of the glam rock


    Fermin Muguruza: FM 99.00 Dub Manifest

There’s an old Basque proverb that says, “Ez ardo bizidunik, ez andre bizardunik”. Translated, that means, “Two things to avoid: sparkling wine and bearded


    Khan: No Comprendo

After countless European singles, genres, and pseudonyms Khan established his stateside reputation with 1999’s Matador debut 1-900-GET-KHAN. It featured a real live phone sex


Lea DeLaria: Play It Cool

I first saw Lea DeLaria as host of one of Comedy Cental’s periodic Out There specials focusing on gay and lesbian comics. She earned


David Byrne: Look into the Eyeball

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


Natacha Atlas: Ayeshteni

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

Sigur Rós: 2 May 2001 - San Francisco

Icelandic musical phenomena Sigur Rós are the epitome of youth and isolation.


The Green Pajamas: In a Glass Darkly

Seattle’s The Green Pajamas should be near the top of any Most Underrated Band in America list.


Monday, April 30 2001

Badly Drawn Boy

1 May 2001: Irving Plaza - New York.


    Zero Zero: AM Gold

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’


    Pinehurst Kids: Bleed It Dry

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


    Gram Parsons: Sacred Hearts and Fallen Angels: The Gram Parsons Anthology

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.


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