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Monday, November 5 2001

Robbie Fulks: 13 Hillbilly Giants

The year is 2047. (Work with me.) Robbie Fulks has recently been checked into the Ryan Adams Memorial Retirement Home, which has been erected from its


Flickerstick: Welcoming Home the Astronauts

If reality TV is your preference, you’ll probably remember Dallas-based Flickerstick as the band that overcame three other groups, adversity and near elimination to


Rick Altizer: (All Tie Zur)

Much like, oh, maybe white bread, guitar-pop uses a time-tested formula: a band with guitars, bass, and drums, and songs with verse-chorus-verse song structures and


The Avalanches: Since I Left You

The Avalanches are, in a word, crazy. Especially when compared with the rest of their dance music brethren. A typical “DJ concert”, so to speak,


David Axelrod: self-titled

David Axelrod’s eponymous album could easily have been subtitled The Record That Almost Wasn’t. After making his name as a producer for West


ABBA: The Definitive Collection

Whoa, there! Another ABBA compilation, you say? Surely that’s all been done. And for anyone really that interested, why not simply buy their remastered


Sunday, November 4 2001

    King Jammy: The Revenge of the Super Power All Stars Volume 3

In early 1985 the constant Sound System clashes that drive Jamaican music forward produced one of its defining moments. King Jammy and Black Scorpio went head


Thursday, November 1 2001

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968/2001)

In this light, '2001' and the revolutionary epoch of its making seem a mere Technicolor blip in an otherwise olive drab post-World War II empire.


The One (2001)

PULL.


Monsters, Inc. (2001)

PULL.


Tuesday, October 30 2001

James William Hindle: self-titled

Emptiness hangs in the air throughout James William Hindle’s self-titled album, along with an eternal search for something to grasp onto. The album’s


Eagle-Eye Cherry: Present/Future

Eagle-Eye Cherry’s sophomore album Present/Future is a bit of dull experience. It seems that the sophomore jinx has wrapped its arms fully around


Blaike: Just Taste It

“A girl stopped me and insisted I was Blaike and that she’d known me years ago. She was pretty and I was single. What


Monday, October 29 2001

Various Artists: Farewell Fondle ‘Em

This is not a work of great beauty or delicacy. It’s not really even “a work” at all. It’s a compilation of songs


    Various Artists: What’s Going On: To Benefit the United Way’s September 11th Fund and Artist

A tribute album is something that continues to intrigue the masses. Remakes of old songs, new and unexpected artists get to try out their styles


    Various Artists: Songs for Cassavetes: An All Ages Film

For some time, music critics have been speculating about the cultural and social implications of punk’s “do-it-yourself” (DIY) philosophy. In the 1970s, when punk


    Angie Stone: Mahogany Soul

Brown-Skinned black. Pleasingly Thick, by all measure of contemporary standards, ghetto-fab or otherwise. The voice—recalling Betty Wright in her prime. “Tonight is that night


The Reindeer Section: Y’all Get Scared Now, Ya’hear

Fans of Scottish indiepop were recently promised a full album of Belle & Sebastian songs soundtracking the new Todd Solondz movie Storytelling. The record has


Les Paul: The Best of Les Paul: 20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection

Sure we’re all familiar with his technical innovations (consciously or otherwise) including contributions like –- even arguably inventing –- the solid body guitar and


Kittie: Oracle

Kittie has something to prove. The band is comprised of three women playing in the heavily male dominated genre of metal, and on top of


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