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Monday, March 5 2001

    Jenifer Jackson: Birds

The musical texture of Birds is lush, but without an abundance of instruments. Waves of vibes, cymbals, marimbas and other percussion create an elegant scene

Hefner: We Love the City

Hefner clearly don’t intend to be taken entirely seriously. On their previous releases, the band’s quirky, lo-fi pop has been laced with a

Gwenmars: Driving a Million

Over the past couple of years glam-rock has been the prevailing style of choice among young, upstart club bands, particularly in L.A. So many

Steve Fisk: 999 Levels of Undo

Because as an indie godfather Steve Fisk has seeped up so much adulation, it is easy to forgive his fallibility as he enters this stage

The Free Design: Cosmic Peekaboo

The Free Design are one of the many pop groups of the past getting more attention now than they did when they were together, thanks

Eve: Scorpion

Eve doesn’t need my support for this album, as it is sure to sell as ridiculously well as her debut. With that in mind

Dog Fashion Disco: Anarchists of Good Taste

All right, try not to laugh too hard when you listen to Anarchists of Good Taste. I’m pretty sure vocalist Todd Smith didn’t

Jay Dee: Welcome to Detroit

“Y’all ready for some live shit? Welcome. Welcome to the D, baby.” With these opening lines we enter the wonderful, bass-heavy world of the

The Riddler and Christian B.: Club Series Part Four

Although it’s called Club Series 4, a better name for this new dance music compilation might be Radio Series 4. That’s because the two DJs

Solomon Burke: King of Blues and Soul

This reissue will probably slip by unnoticed simply because it will be assumed to be yet another re-packaging of Solomon Burke’s 1960s back catalogue.

Louis Armstrong: Swing Legends: 24 Classic Hits,1936 to 1950

Though Ken Burns idolized him at the expense of other artists whom he merely treated as footnotes to some grand made up story called “Jazz”,

Aerosmith: Just Push Play

With each new Aerosmith album the debate rages as to whether The Bio-degradable Brothers, or Toxic Twins as they were famously dubbed during their years

Wednesday, February 28 2001

    Mannix: Come to California

There is a strong case to be argued that Gram Parsons and the Flying Burrito Brothers will be THE prominent influence on the innovative pop-rock

Monday, February 26 2001


don't yet think of themselves as proper English rockstars.

    Traffic: Traffic / John Barleycorn Must Die

TrafficLast Exit(Island)US release date: 27 February 2001 (original release, January 1969 ) TrafficJohn Barleycorn Must Die(Island)US release date: 27 February 2001 (original release, January 1970) by Simon Warner

    Jacky Terrasson: A Paris

It would be easy to say that Jacky Terrasson’s new record is a sort of American in Paris: French songs and immortal melodies played

    Duncan Sheik: Phantom Moon

Duncan Sheik was introduced to the world with his hit “Barely Breathing” in 1996 and in a Sarah MacLachlan world, people responded positively to his sensitive

    The Minus 5 / Young Fresh Fellows: Let The War Against Music Begin / Because We Hate You

Trust Scott McCaughey to come up with something completely different—a double album featuring in one corner, the Young Fresh Fellows (with McCaughey, Kurt Bloch,

    Los Straitjackets: ¡Damas y Caballeros!

Donning Mexican wrestling masks and conducting all on-stage banter in gringo-fied Spanish, Los Straitjackets would be easy to dismiss as a joke if they weren’

    Lords of Acid: Farstucker

Ever since their inception and the release of the single “I Sit on Acid” in 1988, the Lords of Acid have staked their claim in the

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