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Saturday, December 31 1994

    Paloalto: self-titled

God, am I sick of bad rock and roll. Those of you who are regular readers of my reviews may detect a theme in recent


Paula Cole Band, Amen

You will not have fun listening to Amen. Any urge you may have to dance or make love—reasonable responses to the ‘70s soul that


Pale Boy: self-titled

Pale Boy is comprised of 13 musicians playing tuba, marimba, guitars, French horn, sax, violin and keyboard. The lyrics are composed and sung by one Seth


Panacea, Twisted Designz

Twisted is right—not that there’s anything wrong with it. German DJ extraordinaire Panacea has been performing his blend of teutonic hardcore and UK


The Pin-Ups: Backseat Memoirs

Punk-lite with female vocals and guys from Green Apple Quick Step and The Presidents of the USA (not the bald guy, though). Dejha has a


Plone: For Beginner Piano

Electronic music works really well when it offers ferocious beats or when it employs complex textures and soundscapes that encourage you to become lost in


Poi Dog Pondering: Soul Sonic Orchestra

For 12 years now, Poi Dog Pondering have been doing their thing without paying much attention to the fact that they’re neither well-known in the


Doug Powell: More

More is the perfect title for this CD, because Powell really delivers more on this recording. A humongous spectacle of sound, More is equal parts


Dolly Parton: The Grass is Blue

Country’s latest embrace of mall-glam sophistication (see: Faith Hill’s wardrobe for the Breathe booklet) has meant the much-noted betrayal of the music’s


    Stacey Pullen: Today Is the Tomorrow You Were Promised Yesterday

As the dance scene grows, fragments and, all too often, moves further and further away from its roots in black musical forms, it is interesting


Chuck Prophet: The Hurting Business

Chuck Prophet was once described as the missing link between Bob Dylan and Paul Westerberg. It’s not a bad thing to be. On The


    Psycho-Bitch: Beatblaster

Beatblaster is a totally accurate description of what Chicago DJ Psycho-Bitch does on her debut CD. Long time resident on Saturday nights at the Crobar


Pitchshifter: Un-UK

Originally available only in the U.K., Pitchshifter’s Un-UK EP has recently been released in North America on Jello Biafra’s Alternative Tentacles label


Pope Factory

Coming at you with a barrage of dissonant guitars not unlike that of Yo La Tengo or Pavement, Pope Factory proves that Sloan isn’t the only good indie rock coming from north of the American border.


    Tom Petty: Wildflowers

It was the summer of 1995. The setting: Rancho Cucamonga, California, home to inordinate amounts of collected smog and several quality Carl’s Jr. and Del


Rose Polenzani, Anybody

It would be easy and foolish to dismiss this album, and its author, as an example of another one of a seemingly endless string of


John Primer & The Real Blues Deal: It’s a Blues Life

John Primer, a force on the Chicago Blues scene, has been stomping through Chicago blues music since 1963. He’s been through the Willie Dixon and


    Postal Blue: self-titled

I’m sitting here with this “new” (though I believe it was released last year; no press kit info came along with the disc) self-titled


Pep Squad, Yreka Bakery

Sporting a rather warped sense of humor, ferocious rock attack, and hooks galore, Pep Squad’s new disc Yreka Bakery is a blast of pure


    Pele: Realize It

Milwaukee’s Pele tends to be lumped into a “post-rock” categorization with H.I.M., Isotope 217, Gastr del Sol, and Trans Am (many of whom


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