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Sunday, June 24 2001

    Various Artists: Sulphur Compound

The man behind Sulphur/Sulfur Records is Robin Rimbaud, a.k.a. Scanner, a.k.a. Scannerfunk, dubbed the “telephone terrorist” for his passion for


Thursday, June 21 2001

George Carlin

“I’m a Fucking Visionary”George Carlin Stays Hungry (and Angry) This isn’t my father’s George Carlin, to pervert a phrase, something Carlin


Pat Martino: Live at Yoshi’s

Martino, whose career stretches right back to supplying rock ‘n’ roll licks for the likes of Chubby Checker and Bobby Darin, first made his mark playing with some of the ‘60s’ best known organ combos. Even the most nostalgically inclined will have to admit that this current line-up is the equal to any of them. But remember—PLAY IT LOUD.


Wednesday, June 20 2001

Brave Combo

Judging by the relatively small crowd that had gathered to see Brave Combo play once they’d ambled onstage just after 8:30 p.m. on a


Tuesday, June 19 2001

Annie Lin: Kicking Stars

Folk music, strictly speaking, is a tradition in which the repertory has more importance than the artists who perform it. The songs convey information, history


Monday, June 18 2001

    Luther Vandross: self-titled

TThanks to comedian Steve Harvey and a host of other folks, most of America is familiar with the name “Loofuh”, the one-name nickname of vocalist


    The Shins: Oh, Inverted World

Time to bemoan the current state of indie rock again. One of the major problems of the genre today is that it is entirely too


    Slicker: The Latest

Okay, here’s the deal. Slicker is the alter ego of John Hughes III. Hughes is also the head of Hefty records and, yes, his


    Stone Temple Pilots: Shangri La Dee Da

What happens when you take four band members, put them up in an idyllic beach house, and film their every move? Well yes, you do


    Ministry: Greatest Fits

“From the project’s start in mid-2000, Greatest Fits has taken one year to execute. This makes it the quickest-ever Ministry LP!!!” —Warner Brother’s


    Edwin McCain: Far From Over

Of the handful of mid-Nineties pop/rock acts snatched out of South Carolina by the majors in the wake of Hootie-mania, Edwin McCain is virtually


Iffy: Biota Bondo

Here’s what happens when a buncha nifty punk-rock stoners put a glide in their stride, a dip in their hip, and step on to


Gorillaz: self-titled

GGorillaz are, for all good intents and purposes, an animated band. When I say animated, I don’t mean they wave they’re arms around


Dry Kill Logic: The Darker Side of Nonsense

The garishly decorated liner notes to Dry Kill Logic’s first Roadrunner release (their first two albums, as Hinge, were released on their own Psychodrama


D12: Devil’s Night

Ever since Eminem was introduced into the mainstream, he has caused controversy with his lyrics. Be it writing a song about killing his wife, a


Chicago Underground Quartet: self-titled

Start with Chicago trumpeter/electronician Rob Mazurek. He’s cool; he’s played on albums by Tortoise and Stereolab and Isotope 217 and all those cool


Burning Spear: The Ultimate Collection

More than a quarter century after achieving his first major success with the 1975 album Marcus Garvey, Winston Rodney—better known as Burning Spear—remains one


Betty Already: Amerimaniacs

I wish Betty Already’s Amerimaniacs were as funny or interesting as the band would like me to believe. Instead, it just sounds like obnoxious


Michael Brecker: Nearness of You—The Ballad Book

Why is it that some talented people strive to do the opposite of what, to them, comes naturally? Ask many comic geniuses what they’d


Thursday, June 14 2001

Built To Spill

Built To Spill Tunes Up (Again and Again) Sometimes you’re too good for your own good. That’s not something that many fans of


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