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Monday, March 5 2001

    Delbert McClinton: Nothing Personal

While many things may change over the years, the attitudes and vibes of your average roadhouse don’t. In those places of smoky haze and


    Branford Marsalis/Orpheus Chamber Ensemble: Creation

The first thing I notice in listening to Creation, Branford Marsalis’s new album of classical music arranged for the saxophone and chamber orchestra, is


Mike Ladd: Vernacular Homocide

What to make of Mike Ladd? He’s been called “the Tom Waits of hip-hop”, and been likened to the Velvet Underground, Pink Floyd, and


    Pete Krebs and Danny Barnes: Duet for Clarinet and Goat

Dust bowl soul brothers Pete Krebs (ex-Hazel singer/songwriter) and Danny Barnes (ex-Bad Livers frontman) have joined their God fearing and mother loving heads together


    The Kiss Offs: Rock Bottom

Austin’s The Kiss Offs are dead and gone (one member has moved to Chicago, and three of the others are now in different Austin-area


    Kings of Convenience: Quiet Is the New Loud

The blokes that make up Kings of Convenience, Eirik Glambek Bøe and Erlend Øye, have mastered the lustrous harmonies and polite sensitive boy cooing


    Koffee Brown: Mars/Venus

Things are looking pretty good on the R&B/Soul scene so far this year. Musiq, India.Arie, Sunshine Anderson, Jaheim and Tank all


    Jenifer Jackson: Birds

The musical texture of Birds is lush, but without an abundance of instruments. Waves of vibes, cymbals, marimbas and other percussion create an elegant scene


Hefner: We Love the City

Hefner clearly don’t intend to be taken entirely seriously. On their previous releases, the band’s quirky, lo-fi pop has been laced with a


Gwenmars: Driving a Million

Over the past couple of years glam-rock has been the prevailing style of choice among young, upstart club bands, particularly in L.A. So many


Steve Fisk: 999 Levels of Undo

Because as an indie godfather Steve Fisk has seeped up so much adulation, it is easy to forgive his fallibility as he enters this stage


The Free Design: Cosmic Peekaboo

The Free Design are one of the many pop groups of the past getting more attention now than they did when they were together, thanks


Eve: Scorpion

Eve doesn’t need my support for this album, as it is sure to sell as ridiculously well as her debut. With that in mind


Dog Fashion Disco: Anarchists of Good Taste

All right, try not to laugh too hard when you listen to Anarchists of Good Taste. I’m pretty sure vocalist Todd Smith didn’t


Jay Dee: Welcome to Detroit

“Y’all ready for some live shit? Welcome. Welcome to the D, baby.” With these opening lines we enter the wonderful, bass-heavy world of the


The Riddler and Christian B.: Club Series Part Four

Although it’s called Club Series 4, a better name for this new dance music compilation might be Radio Series 4. That’s because the two DJs


Solomon Burke: King of Blues and Soul

This reissue will probably slip by unnoticed simply because it will be assumed to be yet another re-packaging of Solomon Burke’s 1960s back catalogue.


Louis Armstrong: Swing Legends: 24 Classic Hits,1936 to 1950

Though Ken Burns idolized him at the expense of other artists whom he merely treated as footnotes to some grand made up story called “Jazz”,


Aerosmith: Just Push Play

With each new Aerosmith album the debate rages as to whether The Bio-degradable Brothers, or Toxic Twins as they were famously dubbed during their years


Wednesday, February 28 2001

    Mannix: Come to California

There is a strong case to be argued that Gram Parsons and the Flying Burrito Brothers will be THE prominent influence on the innovative pop-rock


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