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Monday, January 22 2001

    Ralph Stanley: Man of Constant Sorrow

When Ralph Stanley passes on to his eternal reward America will lose a national treasure, though most music consumers in this country are tragically ignorant

    Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson: It’s Your World

This is a most welcome re-issue of an album, that had become quite hard to find, by an artist who everybody rated but nobody bought

    Rainer Maria: A Better Vision of Me

Addiction is a horrible thing. You find comfort and wholeness in something that inevitably will destroy you, crushing your loved ones and turning your life

    Teddy Pendergrass: Greatest Slow Jams

Teddy Pendergrass had been the striking lead voice of Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes for more than five years when he released his debut solo

    Le Tigre: From the Desk of Mr. Lady

Something truly exciting transpired around the turn of the century (yes, about a year ago): a batch of fresh and thrilling records were coming out

John Wesley Harding: Awake: The New Edition

Appearing a mere two years after its release in 1998, awake—attributed to John Wesley Harding and the Gangsta Folk—seemed to be an exercise in

Gossip: That’s Not What I Heard

The Gossip take a fast-and-furious approach to the blues, and will knock you off your feet before you realize what’s going on.

Flux Information Sciences: Private/Public

The cover art of Private/Public alone is worth the price of admission. A blue-toned photograph catches an unsavory bunch apparently in the act of

Death By Chocolate: self-titled

Death By Chocolate’s debut, self-titled CD opens with a woman’s voice, that of teenage lead singer Angela Faye Tillett, stating a color and

Calla: Scavengers

There’s something wonderfully cinematic about Scavengers. It conjures up images of a heavily smoky, barely lit bar in the lost reaches of some Southwestern desert.

Count Basic: The Peter Kruder/Richard Dorfmeister Remixes

The Vienna music scene has blossomed in the past few years, with Count Basic and Kruder & Dorfmeister emerging as two of the best known

Sunday, January 21 2001

    Various Artists: Oh Holy Fools: The Music of Son, Ambulance and Bright Eyes

Oh Holy Fools is an even split of songs shared between two bands: Bright Eyes and Son, Ambulance. Indie favorite Bright Eyes released 2000’s unofficial

Wednesday, January 17 2001

    Solid for Sixty: The Secret of Magnets

Sometimes you just want to hear straightforward rock and roll without any of the pretensions of the post-grunge bands. Sometimes you want music that lacks

Monday, January 15 2001

Shipping News: Very Soon, and in Pleasant Company

It is important to note that Jeff Mueller and Jason Noble, the founding members of Shipping News, recorded their first musical collaborations for the popular

    The Real Tuesday Weld: L’Amour et la Morte

The Real Tuesday Weld, a.k.a. Stephen Coates, is a stylish man. Or at least he sounds that way on his 15-minute L’Amour

Pan sonic: Aaltopiiri

Aaltopiiri carries on, mixing light and dark, warm and cold; sounds so minimalist that they are on the brink of disappearance and so catchy that a house DJ would be remiss not to sample them.

Hamid El Gnawi: Saha Koyo

Of all the music genres produced in Morocco, it is Gnawa that has gained most circulation in the West. Jazz luminaries like Randy Weston, Pharoah

The Bellrays: Grand Fury

It’s a rare but exhilarating occasion when you put on a new CD and are utterly blown away by what you hear. Every now

Sunday, January 14 2001

Chewy Marble: Bowl of Surreal

Brian Kassan, one third of the outfit Chewy Marble, is a pianist. He doesn’t just play piano. He understands the myriad of notes that

Monday, January 8 2001

    St. Christopher: Golden Blue

Saint Christopher died a martyr in Asia Minor in the third century. The legend that grew up about him in the Middle Ages was that

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