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Monday, August 6 2001

Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks: Alive & Lickin’

Alive & Lickin’ will inevitably be compared with Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks’ peerless 1971 live album, Where’s the Money?, but Alive & Lickin’

John Hiatt: Anthology

For someone who has been plugging away at his chosen craft for close to three decades it is short of criminal that John Hiatt has

Gilberto Gil & Milton Nascimento: Gil & Milton

Just as every country has its own cuisine, its own set of festive occasions, maybe even its own versions of the Dewey Decimal System, nowadays

DJ Onionz: Future Acoustics

New York-bred DJ Onionz may have a great rep, but Future Acoustics certainly isn’t a great album. That is, it isn’t great to

Benton Falls: Fighting Starlight

When I reviewed Deep Elm’s Emo Diaries Chapter Six, I noted that Benton Falls’s “Tell Him” was one of the standout tracks on

Better Than Ezra: Closer

After three albums with Elektra, and after steadily declining sales for every album since their debut, Better Than Ezra hopped to an indie label for

Alfie: if you happy with you need do nothing

Alfie—it’s such a quintessentially British name for a quintessentially British band, what with it being the title of a quintessential British film starring

Arling and Cameron: We Are A & C

Though you may not think you know what the duo Arling & Cameron sound like, you most likely have heard their music. This postmodern-kitsch-lounge-electro-europop group’

Juan Atkins: Legends: Volume 1

For once, the word “legend” actually applies: Juan Atkins is widely acknowledged, along with his old partners Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson and Rick Davis, as

Tuesday, July 31 2001

Ghosts and Vodka: Precious Blood

Maybe it’s because, as members of indiemo artrock bands Cap’n Jazz and Joan of Arc, Victor Villarreal and Sam Zurich got tired of

Fred Stein the Experiment: Between Lost and Found

Good evening and welcome to Lounge-A-Rama night at the luxurious Motel 6 in downtown Dayton, New Jersey. Tonight we’ll be featuring the song stylings of

Monday, July 30 2001

    Various Artists: Head Jazz

I am so not in a good head space to review this compilation right now. You see, as I write this, it’s just after

Various Artists: Brazilified

Every once in a while the music industry atones for its sins. Quango, a great world beat/dance label started in the mid-‘90s by

    Varnaline: Songs in a Northern Key

Listening to Varnaline feels like being trapped under the ice of a half-frozen lake. It’s springtime and the crystals are crackling, breaking apart, occasionally

    Tight Bros From Way Back When: Lend You a Hand

One could speculate that the state of Washington is still the place to look towards when it comes to the search for pure rock and

    Sam Phillips: Fan Dance

After a five-year hiatus, Sam Phillips returns to form with the very intimate 'Fan Dance', a quality collection of adult pop that allows her sexy voice to deliver cryptically introspective musings in a finely focused, mostly acoustic scheme..

    pete: self-titled

Keeeyrist. Haven’t I heard this before? Yes, I think I have. I will take “Songs That Remind You of That Crummy Styx Song Title ‘

    Owls: self-titled

I think I’ve said this before in an earlier piece, but I feel that it needs repeating. If you ever get into this business

    Wynton Marsalis: Popular Songs: The Best of Wynton Marsalis

First names of jazz: Louis; Charlie; Dizzy; Billie; Thelonious; Miles; Ornette; Wynton… Wynton? Popular Songs: The Best of Wynton Marsalis celebrates Wynton Marsalis’s 40th

    Peter Murphy: aLive Justforlove

Peter Murphy’s new double disc, aLive Justforlove, couldn’t have a more appropriate title. Recorded late last year at the El Rey Theatre in

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