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Monday, August 20 2001

Elvis Costello: Spike / All This Useless Beauty

What makes Elvis Costello’s music so vital is its restlessness. For better or worse, he has continually refused to rely on formulas or reputation,

The Clean: Getaway

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Black Cat Music: Hands in the Estuary, Torso in the Lake

Some interesting things about Black Cat Music: 1. They hate being compared to the Murder City Devils, and have considered making a section of their website

Bosco: Action

From the boom-clap-bash of the first track, “Satellite” to the meaningless but inoffensive snippet of the last, “Runk Pockers”, Bosco’s Action is undeniably the

Black Box Recorder: The Worst of Black Box Recorder

After the tetchy tirades of the Auteurs, Luke Haines decided to shift focus—his Angry Young Man for the ‘90s act never quite hit the

The Appleseed Cast: Low Level Owl Volume I

Boy oh boy, did I expect to hate this record. The press kit alone nauseated me, with its hyperbolic invocations of “blossoming atmospherics” and “waves

Laurie Anderson: Life on a String

One of the keys to Laurie Anderson’s material success as an artist has been the ability of her albums to stand on their own

Thursday, August 16 2001

Radiohead: 17 August 2001 - New Jersey

The real change in Radiohead, however, is in their demeanor. They no longer exude the air of whiny, depressed, petulant art-rockers.

Craig David: Born to Do It

R&B crooner Craig David took his native England by storm last year. He became Britain’s youngest solo artist ever (at 19) to have

Monday, August 13 2001

    The Two-Minute Miracles: Volume II

Memo from the ISEPG To: J. Andrew Magoffin (p.k.a. “The Two-Minute Miracles”) From: The International Society of Eccentric Pop Geniuses (ISEPG) Re: Your

    Strike Anywhere: Change is a Sound

My friend Edwin has a favorite statistic, one he brings out whenever the subject of punk rock and authenticity comes up: The Sex Pistols’ Never

    Spiv: Everybody’s a Rock Star Tonight

I’ll tell you: this EP is worth buying just to hear what person would actually be in a project with Ken Stringfellow and have

    Lonnie Plaxico: Melange

A lot of jazz fans, particularly those who worship anything that involves ex-members of M-Base, are going to love this album. It has complex arrangements,

    k.d. lang: Live By Request

There’s really something fascinating about the whole concept behind A&E’s Live By Request. The idea of musicians performing on television is

Fernando: Dreams of the Sun and Sky

Fernando’s troubled folk-rock aches with a wildness it can’t quite contain. His guitars own up to their country and Mexican influences and his

Andrew Clyne: Plugged IN

Tech-house can be a bit difficult to pin down. It’s the bridge between techno and house, two genres which themselves have so many sub-genres

Centro-Matic: Distance and Clime

The Denton, Texas-based quartet Centro-Matic have a rock and roll sound that is melodic, crunchy, and gleeful, but also a bit obtuse at times. It

Randy Crawford: Permanent

Randy Crawford was barely 20 years old when she began touring as George Benson’s opening act in 1972. Shortly thereafter the late Julian “Cannonball” Adderley would

Aram: Ghosts in a Season

Sometime last year, singer/songwriter Aram (no last names, please) developed a throat condition that kept him from singing or even talking for six whole

Saturday, August 11 2001

Squarepusher / Plaid / Mira Calix

The plush and posh El Rey Theater, a brief walk from the perpetually sinking mammoths of the La Brea tar pits, may be an unlikely

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