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Monday, October 29 2001

Enrique Iglesias: Escape

Like fellow Latin heartthrob Ricky Martin (his most obvious rival), Enrique Iglesias wasn’t satisfied with being a huge star in the Spanish-speaking world, so

Alex Gold: Xtravaganza Mix

Trance will always have its faithful followers and relentless champions. Of all the fleeting musical trends (um, speed garage, anyone?) coming and going these days,

Jason Falkner: Bedtime with the Beatles: A Lullaby Album

When I first heard that studio whiz/multi-instrumental tour-de-force Jason Falkner was producing a CD full of all-instrumental versions of Beatle songs targeted for kids,

Broadway Project: Compassion

Only Dan Berridge could make claustrophobia sound so beautiful. Diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis, Berridge packed up and moved from London to the sleepy seaside town

Saturday, October 27 2001

Various Artists: Do You Know House?

Six months ago we were drowning in Chill Out compilations. Now the record stores are groaning under the weight of innumerable History of House collections.

Various Artists: Lookout! Freakout Episode 2

When Green Day found themselves flung from the status of lowly musicians to that of music biz celebrities, it was Berkeley’s Lookout! Records that

Frank Lenz: The Hot Stuff

Oh, if only all R&B records were made this way. Imagine the Bee Gees making an art album at the peak of their

Friday, October 26 2001

Monster Massive

Richard “Humpty” Vission Mark Grant 2001 has not been a good year for the Los Angeles rave scene. The summer’s biggest event, JuJu Beats, was

Jackie-O Motherfucker: Liberation

With a name like Jackie-O Motherfucker and an album titled Liberation, you might expect agit-prop, or at least some spark-generating musical confrontation. On their second

R. L. Burnside: Burnside on Burnside

R.L. Burnside was born on November 23, 1926, in Oxford, Mississippi. A little over a year younger than B.B. King, Burnside sat out the post-WWII

The Ray Anderson Quartet: Bonemeal

There aren’t a million jazz trombonists out there composing and leading their own groups, but when one does come down the pike, they tend

Tuesday, October 23 2001

Linkin Park: Hybrid Theory

Unless you’ve been under a rock the last year, you’ll know the boys that are Linkin Park. These fortunate five may not have

Monday, October 22 2001

The Strokes

Maybe because this is Texas, maybe because they were playing an oversized barbeque joint, The Strokes took the stage like a quintet of spaghetti western

Dumbo, 60th Anniversary DVD (2001)

Now seems remarkable not only for its adorable child's tale, but for its overt depiction of Disney's peculiar brand of patriotism.

Robert Walter: There Goes the Neighborhood

Good God Almighty, it’s time to get funky! This is the kind of CD that’s guaranteed to not leave your stereo for long

Bebo Valdés: El Arte del Sabor

Three men get together for four days in New York to record a Cuban-inflected jazz album. They are pretty old: two of them are 83, one

Volta Do Mar: At the Speed of Light or Day

A quartet from the Windy City, Volta Do Mar (a Portugese term translated as “turn of the sea”) have, according to their PR, made it

Townes Van Zandt: Texas Rain: The Texas Hill Country Recordings

Despite the fact that Nashville stands on the shoulders of songwriters (one drive down the surreal fixture known as Music Row attests to that), it’

Jordan Rudess: Feeding the Wheel

As if you couldn’t tell from the cover art, Jordan Rudess’ Feeding the Wheel is an embarrassing mess. Resembling the score for some overtly

    The Orange Alabaster Mushroom: Space & Time: A Compendium Of . . .

The name The Orange Alabaster Mushroom should tell you everything you need to know about this band. Under the delightful delusion that the ‘60s are

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