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Saturday, December 31 1994

    Sunday Flood: Advisory

Wow, I listened to Sunday Flood’s Advisory and I truly thought the world was going to end! I mean, really, could everything be, like,

Steely Dan: The Royal Scam/Aja

Steely DanAja(MCA) by Mark Zeltner steelydan-aja-royal.jpg First it was the Eagles. Then it was Fleetwood Mac. Now Steely Dan, the most enigmatic of

    The Shiv: Short Order Crook

The combination of highly volatile hydrogen gas and a tiny electrical spark was all it took to create the massive explosion that brought the mighty

Otis Spann: Best of the Vanguard Years

Unlike his label-mate and sometime collaborator, James Cotton, Otis Spann’s output does not stretch evenly into his later years. That may not be a

    Stryke: Staying In: A Journey Inwards

Florida-based techno DJ Greg “Stryke” Chin takes a break from the dance floor and gets mellow with Staying In, a blend of ambient, trip-hop, breaks,

Sigur Rós: Agætis Byrjun

Critics don’t quite know what to say about Sigur Rós. Those who like them either go over the top with praise, calling

Savath and Savalas: Folk Songs for Trains, Trees and Honey

I lived in Japan for a little over three years. My travels were always by train. I would sit in the cramped confines of one

Saga: Face á Face

First things first: Face á Face isn’t a new offering from eighties rock band Saga. If you’re a fan of that Saga and

Splitsville, Repeater; The Minders, Hooray For Tuesday

 The Minders Hooray For Tuesday(Elephant 6/spinART) by Sarah ZupkoPopMatters Editor & Publisher Two of the year’s more important pop releases come from

    Snowboy: Afro Cuban Jazz

The Sunday Sessions at the Hi-Hat in North London have a special place in English club culture. Every week some of the best dancers on

Billy Swan: Like Elvis Used to Do

According to the liner notes, Swan has a songwriting (and producing) career that spans almost 30 years, including the country smash hits “I Can Help,” “Lover

    Janek Schaefer: Above Buildings

In 1998, London-based Janek Schaefer broke onto the electronic music scene after he was paired with Pan American on Fat Cat’s Splinter Series of Split 12

Sorma: Mirage of the East

“Without a coordinator they took portable DAT recorders and went to the mountains of India, the prairie of Mongoli and villages in Bali. They made

Elliott Smith: Figure 8

Mr. Smith was going to have a very tough time even matching the overall quality of his last release, XO, so I approached the listening

Sense Field

Nobody plays emo anymore. The Promise Ring have given it up for pop songs. The Get Up Kids are too obsessed with Weezer and now

    Skindive: self-titled

This is one of those albums that you have to give props to just for trying some new things, while admitting that it fails to

Stereo Total, Stereo Total

It’s getting ridiculous how much good music is emanating from the loungecore movement. What once had become a vapid and uninteresting genre has been

Supersuckers, The Evil Powers of Rock ‘N’ Roll

In 1997, the Supersuckers shocked the world by abandoning their infamous high-octane metal/punk mix in favor of honest, stripped-down country with Must’ve Been High.

Submission Hold: Waiting for Another Monkey to Throw the First Brick

Underground music has the unfortunate displeasure of existing in the post world. We now have post-punk, post-hardcore, we even have post-emo even though that “genre”

    Swell Maps: Sweep the Desert

Swell Maps released only two albums before disbanding in 1980, but the English group did not go unnoticed by a subsequent generation of musicians, particularly in

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