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Saturday, December 31 1994

Capital City: Start Your Own Country

Delicate, folksy, acoustic tunes are hard to pawn off on listening audiences these days. But for every screaming ‘N Sync fan making some global corporation

Cry Cry Cry

Last year, my roommate and I were amazed to discover that we both were enthralled by the secret pleasure-pain of being driven to tears by

Collapsis: Dirty Wake

Where would music be without the average white band? They’re everywhere—your typical four-member band—two guys on guitar, one on bass, and one

Regina Carter: Motor City Moments

The jazz violin still hovers uncertainly on the fringes of the jazz tradition. It has never been quite accepted as a core jazz instrument, despite

Kate Campbell: Wandering Strange

I first heard Kate Campbell in 1996, on her debut album Songs from the Levee. I liked that album, but not in a way I could

The Charlatans: Us and Us Only

You’d be hard-pressed to find a bigger Britpop fan than me. After all, I’ve gone so far as to make trips to Canada

Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band: I’m Going To Do What I Wanna Do

There is music, and then there is Captain Beefheart. Beefheart created an amalgamation of Sun Ra, Howlin’ Wolf and planetary pop that has never been

The Cannanes and Steward: Communicating At an Unknown Rate

Australian indie-pop legends The Cannanes have been around a long time and garnered a large following of true believers. At first glance, it’s hard

Chris Connelly and the Bells: Blonde Exodus

So you know Chris Connelly’s long hair, black shirts, ripped jeans. As a dark and angsty member of Ministry, his snarling industrial anthems made

Loren Mazzacane Conners: Airs

So you want to know about an album before you go out and buy it? “How are the vocals?” you ask. You follow that up

Campground Effect: self-titled

If any of you disparate readers out there are aware of the amusing, pixel-heavy web comic strip Diesel Sweeties, and are familiar with the character

Clinton: Disco and the Halfway to Discontent

Cornershop’s stew of Asian folk, British pop and electronica charmed the pants off critics and record buyers alike on 1997’s When I Was Born

Amy Correia: Carnival Love

No one will know what to do with Amy Correia. Radio will want to stick her in with Sarah MacLachlan and Jewel, despite the fact

The Cowsills: Best of the Cowsills: The Millennium Collection

Seeking refuge from the complexity of these troubled times? Polygram has found a place that’s simple, sweet and comforting: a little harp glissando here,

Casava Experiment: Estranged

Interestingly enough, Estranged, the first release from Minneapolis trio Casava Experiment, has caused me to reexamine some of my principles. I found myself faulting the

Chappaquiddick Skyline: self titled

Joe Pernice’s latest release, Chappaquiddick Sideline is a blue recording. Literally, as he croons on the opening track, “I hate my life…,” I feel

Alex Chilton: Set

Let me get this off my chest immediately: I worship Big Star. I mean I worship at the altar of everything they did. Alex was

Cherry Poppin’ Daddies: Soul Candy

Swing isn’t king anymore, at least in the mainstream music industry, and the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies seem to realize and accept that. These pioneers

Meg Lee Chin: Piece and Love

On her debut solo album, Meg Lee Chin, frontwoman for the anarchic industrial band Pigface, demonstrates just how fierce her intelligence can be. Produced by

Johnny Cash: American III: Solitary Man

Between 1997 and 1999, the press periodically reported that Johnny Cash was mortally ill. American III: Solitary Man suggests, however, that rumors of his impending death may

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