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Monday, September 10 2001

Various Artists: African Odyssey

Everytime I read or hear about Africa, I have to work to even imagine what a huge and ancient continent Africa is, second in size


    Robert Pete Williams: self-titled

Though we associate the folk and blues revivals with the 1960s, the movement has its origins much earlier. The interest in an 'authentic' folk as opposed to 'pop' music has a long history.


Doc Watson: At Gerdes Folk City

America has been blessed with more than its share of roots music troubadours. . . . Musicians like Leadbelly, Lonnie Johnson, Mance Lipscomb, Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Dylan, Mississippi John Hurt, Townes Van Zandt, Woody Guthrie . . . and Arthel 'Doc' Watson.


    They Might Be Giants: Mink Car

Once upon a time, They Might Be Giants saved my life. Well, okay, not literally saved it, but they did offer me a sense of


    Talk Talk: Spirit of Eden

“Something awful has happened; something terrible. Something worse, even, than the fall of man. For in that greatest of all tragedies, we merely lost Paradise—


    Techno Animal: The Brotherhood of the Bomb

This is Monster Island hip-hop. That’s the absolute best description I’ve been able to come up with, after a couple of weeks of


    Son, Ambulance: Euphemystic

Oh Holy Fools: The Music of Son, Ambulance and Bright Eyes, released earlier this year, was filled with eight heart-baring pop/rock songs, four from


Doug Sahm: Son of San Antonio: The Roots of Sir Douglas

I found myself grieving a bit with Doug Sahm’s departure. I had to stop and assess this twinge of loss, as I never collected


    Solex: Low Kick and Hard Bop

Phoebe: I loved it! It was so moving. Oh, plus it’s just, it’s so different from the stuff you usually hear. Chandler: You


    Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder: History of the Future

The fact that Ricky Skaggs has cut another bluegrass album is about as thrilling as Michael Jordan’s Third Coming to the NBA. We’re


    Ken Stringfellow: Touched

Ken Stringfellow really is a master of the modern pop idiom, which should come as no surprise considering his involvement in about a hundred different


P.O.D.: Satellite

P.O.D.—or to give them their full name, Payable on Death—are believe it are not, a massively popular Christian band. But with


    Ozomatli: Embrace the Chaos

Don’t believe everything you read in the papers, especially when it comes to coverage of political protests and street demonstrations. Despite what nearly every


The New York Dolls: I’m a Human Being / Red Patent Leather / Seven Day Weekend

The truth? The New York Dolls had an outrageous image but nothing going on musically. They were a great idea for a band that never


    Jason Moran: Black Stars

Jason Moran’s latest Blue Note offering, Black Stars, features the great saxophonist Sam Rivers with Moran’s working trio of Nasheet Waits (drums) and


    Metrovavan: Retrofitting

At first it’s hard not to associate a musician with what he or she has done in the past. Metrovavan is a project of


    Mercury Rev: All Is Dream

It’s a shame the term “trailblazer” has been so woefully overused in the world of music, because it’s surely the best way to


    Lu: self-titled

Somewhat anonymous, Lu play retro-new wave, playing “alternative” pop/rock instrumentals on drums, bass, guitars and assorted unspecified machines that sound like an Atari arcade


Lynyrd Skynyrd: One More from the Road (Deluxe Edition)

Lynyrd Skynyrd Live at the Fox Theatre (Revisited): The 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of One More from the Road Between July 7 and July 9, 1976, audiences at


    Albert King: I Get Evil

He is still unmistakable, visually and aurally, after all these years. A huge man, six foot four and weighing 250 pounds, always photographed with his trademark


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