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Saturday, December 31 1994

Tim Sparks: One String Leads to Another

Let me say now that I love the acoustic guitar. I’ve plucked at one for about fifteen years myself, though I’m still a


Steely Dan: Two Against Nature

The title of Steely Dan’s first album in 20 years hints at what we’ve known all along, that the band consists of two people


Gil Scott-Heron, Evolution (and Flashback) The Very Best of Gil Scott-Heron

Chicago born and New York raised Gil Scott-Heron released his first of three albums in 1971 for Bob Thiele’s Flying Dutchman label. These three albums


The Merrymakers, Bubblegun

By a long shot, one of the best pure pop bands of the mid-to-late 90’s is Sweden’s The Merrymakers. I know you’re probably


Magnetic Fields: 69 Love Songs

There are times these days where I absolutely hate Stephin Merritt, where I’m overwhelmingly infuriated by his latest work with the Magnetic Fields, the meandering yet singularly-purposed three-disc master opus.


Gerald Levert: G

Gerald Levert returns with his second offering since a brief liaison with the R&B supergroup LSG (Johnny Gill & Keith Sweat).


Lynyrd Skynyrd: pronounced ‘leh-‘nerd ‘skin-‘nerd

The story of Lynyrd Skynyrd is one full of its share of triumphs and tragedies. The roots of this seminal Southern rock act can be


Hellacopters: Payin’ the Dues

In the late ‘80s critics suggested that Minneapolis’ Replacements were the saviors of rock and roll. Equal parts punk rebellion, sugar-pop and alcohol, the mighty ‘


Hesperus: Celtic Roots / Spain in the New World

The members of Hesperus are outstanding musicians. They excel at bringing older music into the next century with their deft expressions upon early musical instruments.


Michael Hutchence: Michael Hutchence

If you take the time to listen to Michael Hutchence with an open ear, you might remember that he was a singer with a sexy, cocky, rock star charm who was indeed truly talented.


Braid: Lucky to Be Alive

Lucky To Be Alive sounds so much like a live performance it is almost difficult to review it like an album as opposed to a live concert.


Various Artists: Rock Out HIV

Let’s start with the easy part. Rock Out HIV is available at stores in the Midwest or for $10:00 per copy, shipping costs included, to:


    Various Artists: Carnival

Throughout the New World, African-descent communities applied their own cultural aesthetics in adapting the popular European revels preceding the Christian observance of Lent. From Rio


Various Artists: Anthems of Trust and Decay (Tribute to Marilyn Manson)

I have commented on the strange space that tribute albums occupy in the past (see Ministry tribute reviews). Caught between being true to the artist


Various Artists, Fire & Skill: The Songs of the Jam

Rolling Stone gave this puppy three and a half stars and Entertainment Weekly dolled out a B+, which just goes to show how weak the


Various Artists: Ruff Ryders Compilation: Ryde or Die Vol: II

Despite having only emerged onto the scene three years ago the Ruff Ryders collective have had a significant impact upon the world of hip-hop. And


Various Artists: More for Your Pleasure (Tribute to Roxy Music)

This 20-track tribute clocks in at a hefty 73 minutes plus, although a few of the selections are actually from Brian Ferry’s solo albums (and


Various Artists, Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968

Proving that the DIY aesthetic didn’t begin in the 1970s with punk, Nuggets convincing makes the case for 60s garage rock as the roots


    Various Artists: Rough Guide to Hawaii

Hawaiian music was first recorded in 1890, about the same time as record cylinders were invented by the Victrola company and during the same decade the


    Various Artists: Hot Rod: Power Ballads

Get ready for some sweet romance with your sweetheart for this collection of Power Ballads. The project is part of the Hot Rod Magazine series


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