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Monday, November 12 2001

Various Artists: Club Bogaloo: Unlimited Freestyles Out of Nowhere

Club Bogaloo is a German dance hall located in Bavaria. Reinhard Wimmer and DJ Marcus Hacker created it in the ‘90s when the two formed

Zero 7: Simple Things

In this age of niche marketing it’s refreshing to encounter an album that defies the usual categories. Zero 7’s Simple Things could comfortably find

KeKe Wyatt: Soul Sista

If you’re going to the club or to the salon to get your hair done, then Ketara “KeKe” Wyatt is singing for you. The

The Michael Schenker Group: Be Aware of Scorpions

Be Aware of Scorpions, the title of the latest Michael Schenker Group offering, seems to have fueled speculation that there may be some sort of

    Shakira: Laundry Service

Maybe it's not your fault that you lost your nerve and made an extremely safe album. Maybe you were been talked into it by the Estefans. Their fingerprints are all over this record.

Busta Rhymes: Genesis

Busta Rhymes was a member of the acclaimed Long Island crew Leaders of the New School, but that means nothing, really. He was Busta but

Bob Marley: Exodus (Deluxe Edition)

“Rise oh fallen fighters/ Rise and take your stance again./ ‘Cause he who fight and run away/ Live to fight another day” —“The Heathen” In

The Movielife: The Movielife Has a Gambling Problem

The Movielife Has a Gambling Problem should make these boys stars. While the five-song EP is slight, it provides a glimpse of things to come.

Paul McCartney: Driving Rain / Mick Jagger: Goddess in the Doorway

Whereas experience has reinforced the stubbornness of Paul McCartney's devotion to romantic love, it has humbled Mick Jagger, confronting him with his own frailty, weakness and, ultimately, mortality.

Liars Academy: No News Is Good News

Punk pop never truly makes much sense. The spirit of punk and the spirit of pop are at odds with each other. Punk embraces rebellion,

Jewel: This Way

You Don’t Know Her At All“Poetry is a passage into those parts of our being where we understand who we have been and

Garrison: Be a Criminal

It’s easy to get lost in the sheer number of punk-influenced indie bands, with many of them utilizing the same musical touch points (The

Flanger: Inner Space/Outer Space

Beginning with a great German electro beat and vocal sample that sound like a promised delivery of the new wave of electro-disco sounds heard everywhere

David Dondero: Shooting at the Sun with a Water Gun

David Dondero is a thief. Eavesdropping in dive bars, he steals bits of conversations and drunken truths. The miserable pasts and shaky desires of bar

Brun Campbell: Joplin’s Disciple

Ragtime was music composed for solo piano, but it took as its inspiration marches and other European musical forms such as the polka. It also

Bonobo: Animal Magic

Animal Magic is the debut effort of Brighton producer Simon Green, a.k.a. Bonobo, but it is not in fact a new release. It’

Brasil All-Stars: Sons da Terra

“The Slowest Festival in the World” takes place every summer in Berlin. It’s called “HeimatKlänge”. Every year, they pick a different region

Barenaked Ladies: Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits (1991-2001)

It seems that sometime around 1998, mainstream pop music fell apart. After enjoying almost seven years of interesting musical phases—sparked, initially, by Nirvana and grunge,

Fred Anderson: On the Run

Fred Anderson is what jazz musicians have always been about—learning to craft their music over a lifetime, never feeling like they’ve “arrived”, and nurturing new generations of talent by providing an example and providing them with the opportunity to learn and grow in a supportive environment.

Allure: Sunny Days

A host of things went wrong for Allure when they slipped onto the R&B scene in 1997. The four fresh faces out of New

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