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Monday, August 7 2000

Chicane: Behind the Sun

I can’t really call this an “album,” or a “CD,” because the only applicable term here can be “creation.” Whatever it is, it contains


Bride of No No: B.O.N.N. Apetit!

The press surrounding this first release from the Bride of No No has circulated largely around Azita, B.O.N.N.‘s vocalist and bassist,


Bozzio Levin Stevens: Situation Dangerous

You know the moments in a rock song where the singer stops singing (and leaves the mike, wrung-out), and the band goes into an extended


Bernard Allison: Across the Water

Back in the late ‘70s, suffering from overexposure to flashing lights and revolving mirrored balls at those new discotheques, some influential music critics banded together


Sunday, August 6 2000

Coldplay: Parachutes

Alan McGee’s (former Creation Records honcho and Oasis star maker) protestations notwithstanding, Coldplay is not merely a bunch of art school wannabes. Several times


Thursday, August 3 2000

Cadillac Blindside: Read the Book, Seen the Movie

Read the Book, Seen the Movie is the debut offering from the Minneapolis outfit, Cadillac Blindside. Pulse Magazine defined the band’s sound as “blistering


Monday, July 31 2000

Various Artists: Hot Rod Magazine—Doo Wop Heaven

It’s interesting that a doo wop album with a Hot Rod Magazine cover doesn’t feature any songs from The Cadillacs or The El


King Biscuit Time: No Style

This is the second release from Beta Band vocalist Stephen Mason under the King Biscuit Time moniker. And just in case you missed his first


Sandy Denny: No More Sad Refrains: The Anthology

On last night’s episode of Young Americans on the WB, two blonde young people discussed their troubled relationship. One of them was under a


DJ Heather: Tangerine

Before I start talking about Tangerine itself, let me take a moment to expound on how difficult it is to review a mix CD by


The Barnyard Playboys: Dumbass on a Rampage

If The Beastie Boys were redneck, white-trash truck-driving wannabes instead of New York Upper West Side Jewish kids who wanted to be fly, rap/punks


Elvin Bishop & Little Smokey Smothers: That’s My Partner!

I’m under the influence of that time capsule again. Here is a quick history that happens to be a true story. Elvin Bishop was


Saturday, July 29 2000

Brian Wilson

, the enigmatic leader of The Beach Boys, one of the great pop composers of this century.


Jethro Tull

The platinum-wigged female string quartet has been conspicuously absent since 1974's Warchild tour, and the bassist who once sported a matching diagonal black and white striped suit and guitar has long since moved on.


Monday, July 24 2000

Freeheat

Since the inglorious public demise of the Jesus and Mary Chain in 1998, when William Reid quit the band onstage in Los Angeles, the brothers Reid have gone their separate musical ways.


Bela Fleck: Outbound

Pioneering banjo player Bela Fleck describes his new album, Outbound, as “a party with people from different cultures all hanging out.” In a nutshell, that


Dr. John: Hoodoo - The Collection

This reviewer can distinctly remember the static-laden, AM radio groove of Dr. John’s “Right Place, Wrong Time” back in 1973. This song was a clinic


Daniel Cage: Loud on Earth

Daniel Cage’s debut solo album sounds calculated to appeal to those prematurely approaching middle age. Co-produced by Kevin Killen (with Cage and Phil Nicolo),


Breakaway: Hold with Hope

Martha White’s smile is starting to fade. Her enthusiasm has melted to strained concern. Now looky here, she’s starting to pout. “Goodness gracious!”


Monday, July 17 2000

Various Artists: The Story of Bossa Nova

The Story of Bossa Nova is a remarkable story. The film Black Orpheus introduced bossa nova to the world. In 1958, Frenchman Marcel Camus expanded on


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