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Monday, July 30 2001

    Wynton Marsalis: Popular Songs: The Best of Wynton Marsalis

First names of jazz: Louis; Charlie; Dizzy; Billie; Thelonious; Miles; Ornette; Wynton… Wynton? Popular Songs: The Best of Wynton Marsalis celebrates Wynton Marsalis’s 40th


    Peter Murphy: aLive Justforlove

Peter Murphy’s new double disc, aLive Justforlove, couldn’t have a more appropriate title. Recorded late last year at the El Rey Theatre in


    Mr. Wright: Hello Is Anyone Out There

Another release from Le Grand Magistery in the cool, stylistically abundant pop vein. Another release from Kevin Wright, whose Mr. Wright has put out two


    Lift to Experience: The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads

There is no way to begin a review of this challenging album without quoting this telling opening passage from “Just As Was Told”: ‘This is


A Girl Called Eddy: Tears All Over Town

The story behind A Girl Called Eddy’s debut EP Tears All Over Town, at least according to the press materials for it, is that


Cursive: Burst and Bloom

On “Sink to the Beat”, the first track of Cursive’s latest EP Burst and Bloom, lead singer Tim Kasher breaks down the “formula” behind


Crystal Method: Tweekend

Flashback 1997: A world fascinated with the power of computers, watching the Internet transform communications and business. In the midst of it all, computerized music is


Friday, July 27 2001

    Oval: Commers

I would think I was too old (or too dumb?) to understand “glitch” music—that squiggly, grating sub-genre of electronica composed of the shortest, sharpest


    Les Petits Sous: The John Hughes Project (Le Projet de John Hughes)

Okay, there’s something I’ve been wanting to get off my chest for two or three reviews now. It applies to Les Petits Sous,


Thursday, July 26 2001

Ed Cherry: The Spirits Speak

Another month, another quality release from Canada’s adventurous but always listener-friendly label Justin Time. The Spirits Speak should stroll its way up a lot


Bilal: 1st Born Second

 One way to comprehend Miles is to view him not simply as an isolated mad genius but also a product of a distinctive aspect


John Benítez Trio: Descarga in New York

A short preamble—if you will forgive me. This album was produced self-consciously as a celebration of the multicultural encounters made possible by New York.


Wednesday, July 25 2001

    New Town Animals: Is Your Radio Active?

There’s not really a whole lot left to say about punk music. It’s a genre that’s been played out to its limited


Blue Oyster Cult: Agents of Fortune / Tyranny and Mutation

AAmerican hard rock/heavy metal is and has always been a rather sad beast. The best we could really ever muster was Aerosmith, whose recycled


Monday, July 23 2001

    Various Artists: The Silence in My Heart: The Emo Diaries? Chapter 6

Ah, emo. Has there been any other musical genre that has inspired so much love, ire, apathy, and agony in the last five years? Has


    ‘N Sync: Celebrity

Dirty Pop . . . ‘N Sync . . . yo . . . BT . . .Sick and tired of hearin’ all these people talk aboutWhat’s the deal with this pop lifeand when is


    Eddie Money: The Best of Eddie Money

Not so long ago, yours truly was part of a comedy troupe known as The Last Known Foto Group. We had an Internet radio show


    Maple Mars: Welcome to Maple Mars

If any of you were to look at my reviews over the past year or so, you might notice that I have acquired a slowly


    Jimmy Eat World: Bleed American

I used to be in a band. We were alright, as rock bands go, but there always seemed to be something not quite “there”, especially


Neil Diamond: Three Chord Opera

Say what you will about Neil Diamond—he knows how to work the media. The release of Three Chord Opera was aided by a marketing


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