Monday, August 27 2001
New Pop City is populated with highly competent, melodic jangle-pop and is easily the best effort yet from this Eugene, Oregon quartet, so why do
That each generation of jazz pianists still marvels at and learns from Bud Powell is proof that these are so much more than historically interesting museum pieces.
When Roger McGuinn was a member of The Byrds—one of America’s most influential rock ‘n’ roll bands—he brought to his band an
Though they enjoyed a modicum of success in their 10-year run, in the end the Mavericks outgrew their audience with an ever-expanding musical palette that
“All the leaves are brown and the sky is grayI’ve been for a walk on a winter’s dayI’d be safe and warm. . . .” —“
“SL you guys rock, i love guys and i just wanted to say when you guys get big PLEAZ dont chang cuz most singers, groups,
BB. King once said that “the blues is an expression of anger against shame and humiliation”. Given the source of this definition (that amiable gentle
Clouds is one of those albums that frustrates the listener’s critical capacities. You spend half your time trying to decide if you actually like
Heavenly obviously recalls an earlier era in independent rock since Heavenly Versus Satan is the domestic re-release of the band’s 1990 album. Still, a bit
Club 8 have the elements that mark the most memorable pop music, from Astrud Gilberto to Stephin Merritt: a sense of style, a remarkable vocalist, atmosphere,
If the eponymous debut from Circulatory System looks like an Olivia Tremor Control CD, it’s because it almost is. The first thing you might
Gibby Haynes began the Butthole Surfers’ 1987 masterpiece Locust Abortion Technician with an exchange between father and son in which (before ending with a bombastic exhortation
The difference between Em's lyrical violence against women and Madonna's battered video self-portraits is that in Em's songs, violence against women is always nasty, ugly, and despicable (contrary to those who would claim he 'glorifies' it), unlike the video-screen Madonna of 'Drowned World', who is bloodied and bruised but nevertheless glamorous.
Sunday, August 26 2001
When trombonist J.J. Johnson died in April of this year, the obituaries were respectful, his place in jazz history was duly acknowledged and his
Who’s got the funk? Well, this month’s answer to that age-old question is Blue Note. Not jazz-funk, mind you, or any new-fangled variant,
For such a good pop album, it’s a shame the band is no longer. You heard right. The superboy band Five has disbanded. Here’
In the rush to sign bands in the wake of Nirvana and Teen Spirit, many mediocre nouveau heavy metal bands signed major label deals and
I thought I would hate City High when I first read about them. Look at the ingredients—an over-hyped, MTV-driven, debut set from a teen-oriented
Friday, August 24 2001
In his latest film, Woody Allen moves in slow motion. Actually, the whole of The Curse of the Jade Scorpion appears to be creaking and shuffling, like it's been made by zombies.
Tuesday, August 21 2001
Fans of pure pop often act like they’re a tiny breed of specialist music lovers, obscured by mainstream commercial acts and forced to justify