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Saturday, December 31 1994

Mirah: You Think It’s Like This But Really It’s Like This

Singer/songwriters who play guitar are a dime a dozen; you see them everywhere you go, from college dorms to coffeshops to city street corners.

The Mendoza Line, I Like You When You’re Not Around

For a band named after a baseball slang term that describes the very essence of futility and mediocrity, The Mendoza Line sure doesn’t play

Mystic Rhythms Band: Mystic Rhythms

I’ve been trying to figure out the reasons for my extreme distaste for some forms of world music. There is a kind of contemporary

    Monc: Virtual Reality Spacesuit (part 1)

Monc is another one of those one-man band operations, like Nine Inch Nails, where the creative force is one person working with a floating and

Memphis Slim: The Folkways Years 1959-1973

The Smithsonian Folkways recordings are nearly always noteworthy, and Memphis Slim’s The Folkways Years 1959-1973 is no exception. Ironically, Memphis Slim, the stage name

The Monroe Brothers: The Monroe Brothers Vol. 1: What Would You Give in Exchange for Your Soul?

On February 17, 1936 the Monroe Brothers, Charlie and Bill, arrived at RCA Victor’s recording studio in Charlotte, North Carolina, really just an ad hoc setup

    Roy Montgomery: The Allegory of Hearing

The best guitar albums are those created by musicians with their own vision, people like John Fahey, Loren MazzaCane Connors and Roy Montgomery. Montgomery’s

Kurtis Mantronik, I Sing The Body Electric

As one of the legendary figures of early electronic dance music in the mid 80s, it’s perhaps a bit surprising that the massively influential

Mars Electric: Beautiful Something

Although I try to live by the old adage that you can’t judge a book by its cover (especially when it comes to something

Pat Metheny: A Map of the World

I looked at the spine of the jewel case for this album, and it said “A Map of the World.” I tucked it away in

Magnet, Shark Bait

Let me just get this out of the way. It’s hot in Chicago this weekend, really hot. Hot like in, don’t even think

Monkey Paw: Hating You Is So Easy

My mother always told me “If you can’t say something nice about someone then don’t say anything at all.” Well… Fortunately for me,

Giorgio Moroder vs. Jam & Spoon: The Chase

It’s not hard to think of Giorgio Moroder as a pioneer of technoligcally driven music. His computer disco stylings of the 1970s more or

Macha, See It Another Way

The true test of a great musical town is if it can sustain high level creative output through all the fads that come and go

Ming & FS, Hell’s Kitchen

In an genre plagued by more sameyness than AM radio in the late 70s, it’s always a revelation when an act like Ming &

    Mingus Big Band: Blues & Politics

With the release of Blues & Politics, the Mingus Big Band brings us some of the most intriguing of Mingus’ work. The band was established

Man or Astro-Man?: A Spectrum of Infinite Scale

While Man or Astro-Man? is generally labeled a surf band, assuming that the group’s music is simply 1960s revivalism would be a mistake. While

    Motorplant: American Postcard

Steve! Eric! Andy! Kevin! These are the fresh-faced men who make up Motorplant, one hell of a rock solid outfit who cut straight to the

    Samantha Mumba: Gotta Tell You

Follow the analogy: Britney is to McDonald’s as Christina is to Burger King, as Jessica is to Wendy’s as Mandy is to Dunkin

Mr. Oizo: Analog Worms Attack

Mr. Oizo has been compared to Daft Punk, and there are certain similarities. Both use synthesizers and samplers to achieve a general sense of cuteness—

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