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Monday, November 12 2001

Bonobo: Animal Magic

Animal Magic is the debut effort of Brighton producer Simon Green, a.k.a. Bonobo, but it is not in fact a new release. It’

Brasil All-Stars: Sons da Terra

“The Slowest Festival in the World” takes place every summer in Berlin. It’s called “HeimatKlänge”. Every year, they pick a different region

Barenaked Ladies: Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits (1991-2001)

It seems that sometime around 1998, mainstream pop music fell apart. After enjoying almost seven years of interesting musical phases—sparked, initially, by Nirvana and grunge,

Fred Anderson: On the Run

Fred Anderson is what jazz musicians have always been about—learning to craft their music over a lifetime, never feeling like they’ve “arrived”, and nurturing new generations of talent by providing an example and providing them with the opportunity to learn and grow in a supportive environment.

Allure: Sunny Days

A host of things went wrong for Allure when they slipped onto the R&B scene in 1997. The four fresh faces out of New

Saturday, November 10 2001

Yonder Mountain String Band: Town by Town

Let’s get one thing immediately straight: Yonder Mountain String Band will not pass muster in places like Harriman, Tennessee or Etowah, Georgia or Galax,

Friday, November 9 2001

North Mississippi Allstars

There’s something about brothers in rock & roll. For some mystical reason, when they join forces musically the results are (oftener than not) a

Thursday, November 8 2001

Shallow Hal (2001)

Jack Black is always a pleasure. Irony, weirdness, perversion -- he has it all. It was only a matter of time before Hollywood came a-knocking.

Shallow Hal (2001)

What is unfortunate about 'Hal' is that while the Farrellys' previous offerings were, for all their sophomoric dick and fart humor, somewhat good-spirited, their new film is just plain old mean.

Heist (2001)

[David Mamet's] language, severe and spare, actually sounds quite human comin

Tuesday, November 6 2001

Elvis Costello

This was not a show for the half-hearted. Even the nosebleed seats in the Beacon Theater that night ran a hefty $35. For prime position, concertgoers

Monday, November 5 2001

The Green Pajamas: The Carolers’ Song

The Green Pajamas are in a unique class, effectively taking some of the more unused psychedelic pop flourishes and reclaiming them as their own.

Various Artists: Give the People What We Want: Songs of the Kinks

Tribute albums devoted to legendary, almost untouchable musicians generally go one of two routes: hyper-reverent or purposefully subversive. Groups either stick so faithfully to the

Various Artists: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Twisted Nerve But Were Afraid to Ask

Even though he won the UK’s prestigious Mercury Music Prize, Damon Gough, a.k.a Badly Drawn Boy, isn’t much for hubris. In

Britney Spears: Britney

Britney. Yeah, Britney. “All I need is time,” sings Britney Spears on Britney, her third album in as many years, and while three years really

    The Shazam: self-titled

So begins “Oh No!”, the second track on The Shazam’s self-titled debut album. And it speaks volumes about their brand of hard-rocking pop music.

Pink Floyd: Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd

Is there a middle ground when it comes to liking the music of Pink Floyd? Can one be a “casual” Floyd fan? Personal experience would

Joe Ongie: Lovefest

With the dwindling cost of recording, many musicians have socked themselves away in home recording studios, doggedly following their own muse to produce their own

The Last Hard Men: self-titled

The term “supergroup” is supposed to bring to mind some great assemblage of rock gods at their peak, but let’s face it: most of

Stan Getz: The Final Concert Recording

A candle burns brightest just before it goes out. That well-worn expression describes so much of the final dizzying flurry of work of many of

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