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Monday, May 8 2000

Sean Na Na: Dance ‘til Your Baby Is a Man

Maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that a 21-year-old would make a record this unrefined, self-indulgent, pretentious, and, well . . . immature. What’s really infuriating about


Sue Foley: Love Comin’ Down

Not long ago I reviewed Tab Benoit’s new album and recalled how some blues records seem to fall flat on their face when compared


Centro-matic: All the Falsest Hearts Can Try

Some musicians can pull off having a terrible singing voice and still manage to have successful careers (and Bob Dylan isn’t the only one).


Calexico: Hot Rail

Much has been made about Calexico’s ability to dip in and out of musical styles. While here on Hot Rail, their third release to


The Peter Brotzmann Sextet/Quartet: Nipples

Peter Brotzmann Sextet & Quartet’s “Nipples,” the first track on the recently reissued CD of the same name, starts off with a percussive noise


Avant: My Thoughts

Hailing from Cleveland, Avant is the first artist to be signed to Magic Johnson’s new label affiliated with MCA Records. Situating itself within the


Monday, May 1 2000

    Ween: White Pepper

Keeping up with Dean and Gene Ween over the years has been no easy task. Having done everything from fabulous four track recordings to recording


Euge Groove: self-titled

The alter ego of Steve Eugene Grove, Euge Groove preceded this, his debut release for Warner, with a number one jazz hit on the Internet.


Departure Lounge: self-titled

The concept of convergence in new media fascinates me. That is, we live in an age where our television will soon morph into our computer.


Ornette Coleman: Skies of America / The Complete Science Fiction Sessions

Picasso used to be shocking. It was garbage. John Coltrane used to hurt people’s ears. Charlie Parker just made lots of staccato noise. Now,


Tuesday, April 25 2000

Calibos: self-titled

Calibos from Arlington, Virginia makes their entrance with their self-titled debut album. While not revolutionary, they have managed to create a satisfactory set of college-rock


Neil Young: Silver And Gold

Although Silver And Gold finds Neil Young further on down the road, he’s yet to show signs that the well is even getting shallow, let alone drying up.


Monday, April 24 2000

Green Velvet: self-titled

Picture the guy you know in high school who was always trying really hard to be seen as weird, and you have Green Velvet. He’


Steve Grossman Quartet: Steve Grossman with Michel Petrucciani

You have to give it this: The album’s title is self-descriptive. This CD does, in fact, feature Steve Grossman with Michel Petrucciani. Grossman plays


Dimitri from Paris: A Night at the Playboy Mansion

Disco ain’t dead, to begin with. Oh, it was off the radio for a few years, and the slew of movies Hollywood threw up


The Damage Manual: >1

The Damage Manual is a sort of supergroup of industrial rock. Chris Connelly from Ministry on vocals, Geordie Walker from Killing Joke (about whose former


Bedhead/Macha: Bedhead Loved Macha

Not so long ago, two brothers, Matt and Bubba Kadane, and friends put out an album called What Fun Life Was. With its titular nod


Franklin Bruno: Kiss Without Makeup

Lo-fi. Indie. Minimalist. Sparse. DIY. No, no, no.you’re thinking Elephant 6 or Lou Barlow or Elliot Smith. Let me try again. Pensive. Ironic. Wry.


Tuesday, April 18 2000

Ben Folds Five / Tracy Bonham

People at concerts are an interesting thing. There are people you don't know, people who look vaguely familiar, people you do know, people who look like people you know.


Monday, April 17 2000

Gauge: I

The release of Gauge’s I is a fan’s tribute to one of his favorite underheard bands. It’s a collection of previously released,


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