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Monday, June 4 2001

Bobby “Blue” Bland: The Anthology

Who was the greatest singer to emerge from the unique creative conditions that marked the Memphis music scene in the early fifties? For most there


Big Wreck: The Pleasure and the Greed

Big Wreck’s 1997 debut In Loving Memory Of may not have been a thoroughly consistent record, but it definitely contained several impressive highlights like the


Heidi Berry: Pomegranate

Like so many of her colleagues at the 4AD label, Heidi Berry made music cherished by critics and a small if devoted group of fans


The Asteroid No. 4: King Richard’s Collectibles

There is a place, a mindset, a way of viewing the world, where Lennon and McCartney are king. Jagger and Townshend rumble through the hallways,


Johnny A.: Sometime Tuesday Morning

Chill out hepcat and dig them crazy singing strings. If impressively smooth guitar sounds are your thing, then Johnny A. is your main man. Whatever


Doghouse Roses: Stories by Steve Earle

On first blush, it would seem Steve Earle might need more than a doghouse rose to make up for foisting this book on his fans. By the end, you realize the book 'itself' is a doghouse rose. 'It ain't much,' you can imagine him saying as he hands it over, 'but I did it for you.'"


Monday, May 28 2001

Mary Chapin Carpenter / Shawn Colvin

29 May 2001: Manchester Apollo - Manchester, England.


    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


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