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Monday, February 12 2001

Ron Carter: When Skies Are Grey

At a time when the Buena Vista Social Club have drawn global attention to the musical melange that is Cuba—African and Spanish colours splashed

Jonatha Brooke: Steady Pull

For more than a decade, singer / songwriter Jonatha Brooke has been standing her ground on the music scene, and she is sure to keep her

Monday, February 5 2001

    Tram: Frequently Asked Questions

Mellow, subdued, quiet, melancholy, slow-paced, somber. These are all words I would use to describe tranquil British band Tram’s second album Frequently Asked Questions.

Those Peabodys: self-titled

Holy shit. This has got to be one of the best rock and roll albums I’ve ever heard in my entire life by anyone,

    Robert Scott: The Creeping Unknown

Robert Scott has been an integral part of the New Zealand pop/rock scene, the Flying Nun crowd. With The Clean, Bats, Electric Blood, Magick

    Charlie Rich: Behind Closed Doors (Expanded Edition)

It is a consequence of the new that it makes the old look its age. But what to make of an album that isn’t

Dropkick Murphys: Sing Loud, Sing Proud!

The 1998 John Shea film Southie, about a “South Boston Irish bad boy” who gets caught between two warring Irish Mafia clans, bore the tagline “The

Boredoms: Vision Creation Newsun

For their seventh full-length album, the Boredoms have taken their manic, high-speed, cut-up form of punk rock and smoothed it out, taking that same energy

The And/Ors: Will Self-Destruct

Sometimes I get sick of rock bands that methodically plan everything out. Every little snippet of sound, every bass drum whack, every guitar note is

Sunday, February 4 2001

    Low: Things We Lost in the Fire

While Low was playing live on John Peel’s BBC radio show in England last year, an emergency back-up system kicked in without warning, momentarily

Monday, January 29 2001

Bill Frisell: Blues Dream

Guitarist Bill Frisell can be best summed up with the southern adage “You just ain’t right!” In his 19-year career (which includes appearances on

Eliza Carthy: Angels & Cigarettes

With her blue hair and facial piercings, Eliza Carthy doesn’t seem like someone who’d have a background in traditional folk music. The daughter

Frank Black and the Catholics: Dog in the Sand

It always happens once you commit yourself to something like a “Best of XXXX” list. You stumble across something, be it album, book, or film,

Saturday, January 27 2001

    Various Artists: The WB presents Pop Stars

Stop by Tower Records soon and look for this free CD. Pop Stars is a collection of songs by those who might well top anyone’

Wednesday, January 24 2001

    Tagging Satellites: Abstract Confessions

Tagging Satellites is made up of Graig Markel, Zera Marvel and Jeff Hazel. Apart from the fact that Marvel is the vocalist, they don’t

Monday, January 22 2001

    Various Artists: Turbo’s Tunes

Started in 1991 as a spoken word label, Kill Rock Stars is still probably best known as a haven for feminist rock ‘n’ roll, producing breakout

    Various Artists: Shoe Fetish: A Tribute to Shoes

Hailing from the great State of Illinois, Shoes are/were Jeff Murphy, John Murphy and Gary Klebe. Their excellent music was part of the power

    United Future Organization: Bon Voyage

Two Japanese DJs team up with a French DJ to release acid-jazz records heavily rooted in bossanova…. Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke

    Conway Twitty: Love Songs

This reviewer’s first encounter with Conway Twitty came at the Asheville (North Carolina) Civic Center in the summer of 1966. It was my very first

    Ralph Stanley: Man of Constant Sorrow

When Ralph Stanley passes on to his eternal reward America will lose a national treasure, though most music consumers in this country are tragically ignorant

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