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Saturday, December 31 1994

Jackie-O-Motherfucker: Fig.5

Please forgive any initial bias in this review, for last spring, my girlfriend had subletted her Lower East Side apartment to two members of this


Brad Jones’s Aka Alias: Uncivilized Poise

Bassist Brad Jones cut his teeth in jazz monster The Jazz Passengers. With a reputation for insane chops and skillful cross-genre song writing (he’s


JPP, String Tease

Finland’s premier fiddle band JPP possess both a deep appreciation for traditional Finnish folk music and brilliant musical technique honed by classical conservatory training.


Mark Johnson: Last Night on the Roller Coaster

The best songwriters make you feel like you did when you were a child looking into a mirror. You react by reaching out, trying to


    Jumprope: Suitcase and Umbrella

There’s an old Peanuts cartoon in whichh Sally enters holding a limp jump rope. When asked what’s the matter she replies that she


James Gang: Yer’ Album / Rides Again / Thirds

The reissue of James Gang’s first three albums by MCA is somewhat appropriate given the consistent historical relevance this band has had over the


    Jackson 5: Anthology

Too often, the Jackson 5 are written off as simply being the group that gave Michael Jackson his start. What is equally significant about the group


Kepa Junkera: Bilbao 00:00 h

Kepa Junkera is a prodigious and prolific accordionist from the Basque region of Spain.


Jessica Six: All Good Things

So they’re from Houston. You’d never know. The semi-anthology that is All Good Things aims to highlight the works of a band that


Jewel: Joy: A Holiday Collection

A few of the songs on Jewel’s new Christmas offering, Joy: A Holiday Collection, are wonderful. Just like Jewel’s early work, they’re


Al Jarreau: Tomorrow Today

I saw Al Jarreau live about two years ago at an outdoor festival, and if Mother Nature would have kept away the small scale typhoon


    Jejune: R.I.P.

When a band you’ve followed calls it quits, you at least are left with the satisfaction that you saw them grow and develop over


J-Majesty: self-titled

Just goes to show how small the world’s gotten: even kids from the reportedly music-starved oasis of Salt Lake City love Fugazi. “No School,”


Junior Varsity: Bam Bam Bam!

File under sock-hop. Taking cues from fellow ‘50s rehashers Grieving Eucalyptus and the Kung Fu Monkeys, Texas’ Junior Varsity bangs out 14 songs in a way-short 20


Tom Jones: The Best of Tom Jones: The Millennium Collection

I dare anyone over forty to listen to Tom Jones’ “Its Not Unusual” without singing along to the chorus and attempting a brief Joneslike hip


Jungle Brothers: V.I.P.

you'll be hooked and diggin' up their back catalogue before you know it.


The Jayhawks: Smile

There is a little sticker on the CD that says: “Named one of the most influential bands of the decade by Rolling Stone and Spin.”


John Brown’s Body: Among Them

Reggae. It’s hard to deal with when done poorly, as it becomes droning and repetitive. Done well, however, those repetitive grooves become entrancing, literally.


Jazzyfatnastees: The Once and Future | PopMatters Music Review

Released in the U.S. at the beginning of last November this is an album which has only just hit the streets in the U


    Joy Electric: Unelectric

Ronnie Martin is one of the most recognizable and intriguing personalities in the alternative Christian music scene. An indefatigable worker, Martin produces a myriad of


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