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Monday, April 23 2001

The Dark Fantastic: Goodbye Crooked Star

Whenever a rock band decides to incorporate the darker elements of life into their music, most of the time, the results are pretentious. Sometimes the


Bluiett/ Jackson/ El’Zabar: The Calling

A familiar opening drum pattern, over which a bubbling Hammond organ and a ripe baritone sax greet each other like old friends, brings with it


Thursday, April 19 2001

Richard Thompson

20 April 2001: Town Hall - New York.


Monday, April 16 2001

    Spacehog: The Hogyssey

The year was 1995 when Spacehog hit the world with their silver-bullet hit, “In the Meantime”. It was the era when Oasis was gonna live forever,


    Stereophonics: Just Enough Education to Perform

Stereophonics are the prototypical stadium band—big, anthemic choruses; grinding guitars; a raspy-voiced, charismatic front man, and sing-a-long songs that almost beg you to light


    Matt Pond PA: I Thought You Were Sleeping

The music of Matt Pond PA will never be accused of possessing the sunniest of dispositions. The band’s critically heralded sophomore release Measure (2000) treated


    Kirsty MacColl: What Do Pretty Girls Do?

From 1989 to 1995, the supremely talented singer/songwriter Kirsty MacColl (whose death last year shocked fans worldwide) recorded four “live on the radio” sessions for the


Miles Davis / John Coltrane: The Best of Miles Davis and John Coltrane (1955-1961)

Reviewing a Miles Davis/John Coltrane “greatest hits” CD is a lot like adding up all of Stephen King’s book sales. In a lot


Miles Davis: Milestones

Last year, Sony Music, which had gobbled up Columbia Records and its huge jazz catalog over a decade earlier, finally got around to releasing what


Elvis Costello: The Very Best of Elvis Costello

From the recent movie and novel High Fidelity to this year’s award winning book of poetry entitled Radio Radio, Elvis Costello has been vaulted


Creeper Lagoon: Take Back the Universe and Give Me Yesterday

“All I really care about are the real, deep problems people have. That’s the root of entertainment,” boasts Ian Sefchick, Creeper Lagoon’s dramatic


The Cinematics: Stations

“Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.”#151; Michelangelo Candace Coalman, lead singer of the Cinematics, has a pop bauble of a voice which put


Sunshine Anderson: Your Woman

Just the mention of some songs evoke memories of backyard barbecues, back-in-the-day roller skating parties, strolling summer nights with brown-skinned, mocha, pecan-tan, honey-dipped lovelies (a


Sunday, April 15 2001

Paula Frazer: Indoor Universe

One of alternative (for better lack of a word) music’s biggest mysteries of the nineties, in my opinion, is golden-throated Bay Area singer/songwriter


Monday, April 9 2001

    Various Artists: Mexico

With Mexico, the folks over at Putumayo are banking on the fact its listeners have never visited the dirty hole of a tourist trap that


    Various Artists: Red, Hot and Indigo: A Tribute to Duke Ellington

It has been 10 years since the Red Hot organization brought together an eclectic group of artists and musicians to record Red, Hot and Blue, a


    Red House Painters: Old Ramon

The year 1998 was not very good for Mark Kozolek and his band The Red House Painters. Following critical acclaim for albums like Down Colorful Hill


    The O’Jays: The Ultimate O’Jays

It is hard not to listen to this, and other products of the golden age of Philadelphia International Records, without succumbing to nostalgia. I am


    Monster Movie: self-titled

Prepare to be washed away. The music contained on this EP will certainly change your minds about that whole Britpop franchise. Monster Movie has brought


    Lemon Jelly: lemonjelly.ky

Every so often there is a true musical “moment” when an act breaks through that is so complete, so utterly surprising, that as a music


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