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Saturday, December 31 1994

Low: Christmas

I admit it. I am a holiday music fanatic. Each year, I roam the stores in search of the perfect Christmas record. But this year

Love As Laughter: Destination 2000

First the Backstreet Boys released Millenium. Then Will Smith had a hit with “Will2K.” Even Queensryche attempted to revive their bloated carcass of a

    Laika & the Cosmonauts: Laika Sex Machine

Laika & the Cosmonauts are, in simplest terms, a Finnish surf band. “A Finnish surf band?” you ask. Well, it may seem odd, but consider

Linus of Hollywood: Your Favorite Record

This recording burst out of nowhere to tremendous underground acclaim on the Internet among various persons who understand the beauty of a hook and high

David Lindley and Wally Ingram: Twango Bango Deluxe

David Lindley is for the fun-loving music adventurer. This generous 75-minute record approximates his vivacious live performances. He consistently delivers the most unique and musically

Looper, Up A Tree

Having cornered the market on indie pop cool with Belle & Sebastian, bassist Stuart David steps out on his own with Looper, a poetic performance

Like Wow: Burn, World, Burn

This album started, and I thought I was watching Velvet Goldmine—or living it. It continued, and I thought I was watching one of those

The Lepers: self-titled

Once upon a time I visited the local artsy coffee shop to sit and smoke a few cloves and down some mochas. It’s the

Oliver Lake Steel Quartet: Kinda Up

While jazz is generally associated with instruments like drums, bass, piano, woodwinds and brass, jazz is of course very inclusive. That is the way jazz

Mark Lanegan: I’ll Take Care of You

Who’d've guessed that that guy from the Screaming Trees would leave behind the whole flash-in-the-pan scene his band got lumped into and become, uh,

Ronnie Lane, April Fool

Lane’s jubilant sound mixed pop, country, English roots music, and folk.

Ray Lema & Tyour Gnaoua: Safi

Tyour Gnaoua is not a person—it is a performance collective based in Morocco. Like all gnaoua (or gnawa) groups, it consists of musicians, dancers,

    Lush: Ciao! Best of Lush

By definition, a best of for a band like Lush is rather bizarre. It’s not that they haven’t been instrumental in creating some

    The Lisa Marr Experiment: 4AM

It’s best to listen to the Lisa Marr Experiment while wearing important shoes; it’s mood music for the inner-schizophrenic in us all, and

    Lady D: Naked Kaleidoscope

The best way to describe Naked Kaleidoscope is “nice”. It’s not the most enthralling and exciting release out there. It probably won’t make

Chris Lee: self-titled

This is pretty much what you could expect to hear in many clubs as a supporting act. Straightforward, this-is-how-I-feel- and-this-is-my-song music. But the music never

    The Lucksmiths: Why That Doesn’t Surprise Me

Evening news got you down? Life giving you a few rough turns lately? What you need is a healthy dose of pleasant love songs with

Ute Lemper: Punishing Kiss

Hey pop kids, hands up anyone who has heard of Ute Lemper? Nobody? Well, it’s hardly surprising. She probably hasn’t been on any

Lee Konitz: Another Shade of Blue

While the trio Konitz assembled on Another Shade of Blue sticks to a very narrow span of material, that’s no barrier to the excellence

Labtekwon: Song of the Sovereign

Baltimore underground MC Labtekwon projects a multi-sided persona on his career retrospective Song of the Sovereign. Collecting tracks from 8 albums that he released on Anh

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