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Saturday, December 31 1994

Joel RL Phelps: Blackbird

OK, so it snowed. A lot. But the snow itself is not the problem. You know what the problem is? Meteorologists. If the stupid meteorologists

Pinkie: My Little Experiment

Heartbreak, loneliness, feeling like an outcast in society . . . these themes have no doubt filled a near-infinite number of recorded minutes, from the first days of

Paxton: Ginger’s Dish

Ah, the joys of “alternative” pop/rock. The endless counting off of variations on what remains, really, less than a handful of themes. The reason

Perez Prado: Coleccion de Oro

These are the original irresistible, propulsive mambos that earned Perez Prado his crown as “The King of Mambo.” The first track here is the first

Pink Floyd: Is There Anybody Out There?

We all recognize The Wall, Pink Floyd’s magnum opus released in 1980. We might not know it as well as the band’s ever-popular The

Peace Orchestra (Peter Kruder), Peace Orchestra

Peace Orchestra is a rare gem. An electronic album that manages to be origional, funky, and sophisticated all at once.

    Dolly Parton: Little Sparrow

Dolly Parton exudes such charisma and personality that it is easy to forget just what made her a star in the first place. While Parton

    Projektor: Red Wolf Glass

Endearing Records seems to be on a mission to keep the spirit and substance of mid-‘90s rock alive and kicking into the new millennium.

Podunk: Throwin’ Bones

From the bowels of Port Arthur, Texas, comes a hard rocking quartet with AOR written all over them. One listen to “Wings” or “Catch The

Jimmy Page and the Black Crowes: Live at the Greek

The recording and distribution of live music is undergoing massive changes right along with the rest of the record industry. This 19 track, two-CD release may

Pavement, Terror Twilight

With every British band namechecking Pavement of late (think Blur and Radiohead), it shouldn’t come as any shock that the influence goes both ways.

Placebo, Without You I’m Nothing

I must admit I never thought much of Placebo in the past. The camp outrageousness has been done to death to far better effect by

    Peaches: The Teaches of Peaches

In a world where the elusive power dynamics of sex have created a form of ideological trench warfare, it's hard to deny the citrus refreshment offered by the Peach with her brights on, bearing down on an innocent priapic fellow.

    Poe: Haunted

From its first moments, Poe’s Haunted builds mood out of its own sparseness. Even when the album layers sounds, there’s a frightening intimacy

The Promise Ring, Very Emergency

Very Emergency is brilliant by consciously avoiding brilliance. Its intentional simplicity charms and energizes like nothing the band has ever done.

Prince: Dirty Mind

While Prince has made several groundbreaking albums, 1980’s Dirty Mind, which was only a minor commercial success, still provides the most satisfying listen.

PFFR: Rock Rocker Rocketh

Brooklyn owes the charmer under me. And if not, then the city has one hell of an all out rock and roll experience in the

Pachinko: Splendor in the Ass II: Electric Boogaloo

Damn. After that title, what more is there to say? Oh, plenty. Come on. This record comes out of the fabulous and famous Alternative Tentacles

Penfold: Our First Taste of Escape

Although it’s probably unintentional, there’s a small dose of irony in the title of Penfold’s first full-length release. While Our First Taste

Pearl Jam: Binaural

As one of the pioneers of the alternative rock revolution out of Seattle, Pearl Jam is also one of the only bands to survive it.

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