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Monday, May 28 2001

    William Pears: Big Bang!

Bear in mind I speak as a serious, longtime fan of Joe Jackson, and one who still finds pleasure in the odd Haircut 100 single, when


    Wolfie: Tall Dark Hill

Wolfie sounds like the band your little brother had when he was in high school. You’d sometimes hear them practicing down in the basement,


    David Singer: The Cost of Living

David Singer plays sometimes piano, sometimes guitar-based rock & roll, with vocals that are occasionally overdubbed to create effects impossible for singers to achieve naturally


    Neu!: Neu! 2

Neu! 2 is one of those rare albums that challenges the very notion of music itself. It scrutinizes the concept of the album, the relationship between


    My Morning Jacket: At Dawn

It isn’t just the way that he sings, there’s so much more to My Morning Jacket’s sound. Yet trying to describe their


    Judas Priest: British Steel

The Digital Empire’s plan to digitally-re-master-everything-in-the-universe reeks of hubris. Like some binary fairy dust will finally make those cruddy old 20th Century analog masters—


    Judas Priest: Defenders of the Faith / Point of Entry

There is no denying the impact that Judas Priest have had upon heavy metal music. Priest—like their European contemporaries, Iron Maiden and the Scorpions—


    Judas Priest: Screaming for Vengeance

It was with great nostalgia and a shadow of youthful exuberance that I loaded Screaming for Vengeance into the tray of my old and faithful


Goo Goo Dolls: What I Learned About Ego, Opinion, Art and Commerce

A long time ago, in a nightclub far far away, I met a man who introduced himself to me as John. He and his band


Mary Chapin Carpenter: Time* Sex* Love*

Mary Chapin Carpenter remains one of the most authoritative and genuine female singer songwriters around, precisely because she fits the current Nashville vogue for manufactured


The Anubian Lights: Naz Bar

Ah, The Anubian Lights. What are they and where have they come from? And why Hawkwind exactly? I don’t know. I refuse to answer.


Air: 10,000 Hz Legend

In its discussion of Air, the Rough Guide to Rock quotes a (possibly apocryphal) 1992 headline from the French national newspaper Le Figaro lamenting “Thirty Years


Sunday, May 27 2001

    Tik N’ Tak: Friends

Let me just be the first to say that I am officially floored by Tik N’ Tak. I haven’t been able to take this


Saturday, May 26 2001

Greyboy: Mastered the Art

All is well, Greyboy is back and dropping bombs. How does this sound—phat basslines, deep jazzy vibraphone, MCs in full flight and snippets of


Duke Ellington and his Orchestra: Togo Brava Suite

This review is dedicated to the memory of Norris Turney. Not a name that causes much of a ripple even in the jazz world, but


Paul Bley / Evan Parker / Barre Phillips: Sankt Gerold

I am always a little over-awed by ECM recordings. They sound as if they should be listened to in a large, loft apartment (with minimalist


Wednesday, May 23 2001

Frank Black and the Catholics

24 May 2001: Troubadour - Los Angeles.


The Bevis Frond

24 May 2001: The Mercury Lounge - New York.


Tuesday, May 22 2001

Cousteau

23 May 2001: Village Underground - New York.


Portastatic: Looking for Leonard

Although his main band is waning in popularity as the remaining indie guitar rock fans get too old to go to club shows, Mac McCaughan continues to develop as a musician and a songwriter.


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