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Saturday, December 31 1994

    Supa DJ Dmitry: Screams of Conciousness

I’m going to start throwing dance parties whenever my shipment o’ CDs from PopMatters arrives. It’s difficult to gauge the effectiveness of a

Static-X: Machine

In the lack of anything new to add, the current band’s musical failings overshadow their angry insistence on their personal shortcomings.

    Spyglass: Strategies for the Stranded

Hey, Spyglass, why don’t you just lighten up a little bit? Nine songs here on this Strategies for the Stranded and they all make

    Shaggy: Hotshot

The latest import from Jamaica to heat up your chill blue winter comes in the form of a super-catchy ragamuffin named Shaggy, whose hit, “Lonely

    Noel Sanger: Ritual

Somewhere out there in the great, big world, there are some people who just can’t get enough of trance, and who need one more

Joe Satriani: Engines of Creation

One thing I have to comment Joe Satriani on is his liquid ability to change with the times, and still retain his amazing ability as

Shalini: We Want Jelly Donuts

Shalini’s debut album We Want Jelly Donuts would have almost definitely yielded airplay on college radio and MTV’s 120 Minutes had it come out

The Shazam: Godspeed The Shazam

Arena rock with melody and without cliches. The Who in the 70’s without the attitude. What The Move would have sounded like if they were

    The Spongetones: Odd Fellows

When does mimicry end and innovation begin? It is perhaps superfluous to comment that nothing is original in the 21st century pop music scene. Not

Somatic, The New Body

Hyped primarily as a British export, drum ‘n’ bass is flourishing in the U.S., as evidenced by the new release by New York producer

Bobby Short, How’s Your Romance

He’s a national treasure, no doubt about it. In his 50 some years of performing American popular song, Bobby Short has built a 5,000-song repertoire.

Adam Sandler, Stan and Judy’s Kid

I can still remember the first time I heard Adam Sandler in his post-Saturday Night Live celebrity status. It was Christmas, 1994, and one of my

    Bobo Stenson Trio: Serenity

I’m a sucker for a good piano player, and Bobo Stenson is a fantastic pianist. He has a way of traveling the keys that

Frank Sinatra, A Swingin’ Affair, Songs For Swingin’ Lovers, Songs For Young Lovers/Swing Easy, Com

Sinatra didn’t just sing great songs, he took them off the market by making each performance the definitive interpretation of the song. He was

    Straw Dogs: any place at all

Perhaps it only seems that acoustic guitar playing, perfectly harmonizing, grizzly bearded campfire singers are old hat. Then again, maybe it’s all too common

Satisfact, The Third Meeting At The Third Counter

Often unjustly tagged as 80s new-wave-wannabes because of the analog synthesizers that weave through their songs, Satisfact is really more of a fully modern post-punk

Ryuichi Sakamoto: BTTB

Wow. This music is so extraordinarily beautiful that you won’t believe it. If any of the following reads as though I am speaking in

Sonia Dada: Lay Down and Love It Live

On its latest recording, Lay Down and Love It Live, Chicago based blues/soul/funk/whatever group Sonia Dada rocks its way through 13 tracks of

    Sviraj: Cigannine

Though Sviraj (pronounced SVEE-rye) is from the United States, it’s virtually impossible to tell. Their name captures their sound well. Sviraj means “play on”

Tommy Smith: Bluesmith

Sax player Tommy Smith comes billed as “legendary.” This is probably the usual press-agent puffery, but Smith is a wonderful player of impressive accomplishments. Born

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