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Monday, October 16 2000

Jega: Geometry

There’s a common link among most all pieces of electronic music. Maybe it goes for most instrumental music for that matter. It’s the

Margo Guryan: Take a Picture

Take a Picture is a reissue of an underground classic from 1968. Margo Guryan was/is a respected songwriter from the ‘60s whose songs were recorded

    Fixx: The Best of Fixx: The Millennium Collection

The brief for The Millennium Collection series, as the news release would have it, is to feature “new ‘best of’ albums from the most significant

Saturday, October 14 2000

    Reckless Kelly: The Day

On previous releases, Austin roots-rockers Reckless Kelly have been accused of toeing too close to the Steve Earle line of country rock. With this new

Wednesday, October 11 2000

Ashley Park: Town and Country

Ashley Park’s music is straight out of the ‘60s. But whose isn’t nowadays? Town and Country is Ashley Park’s debut album, and

Monday, October 9 2000

Bob Dylan: John Wesley Harding

Bob Dylan’s John Wesley Harding is an album of half-spoken secrets, hushed whispers, illegible writings, and missing pages.

Various Artists: Heavy Flute

If you will forgive an already somewhat dated pop culture reference, in the words of South Park‘s Stan Marsh, this is sweet! As the

    Michael Wolff: Impure Thoughts

Ben Varkentine: Who was it that said if you can’t tap your foot to it it’s not a jazz song? Michael Wolff: Gregory

    Orgy: Vapor Transmission

Orgy made their name on Alternative radio last year with their cover of New Order’s “Blue Monday”, from their 1998 release Candyass. It was an

    The Lull Account: self-titled

The Lull Account is the musical equivalent of traveling through fog. Sparse and shadowy, they pull listeners along without revealing where they’re going or

    Waylon and Waymore Blues Band: Never Say Die Live

The great thing about most country music, much like processed cheese food, is that it never really goes bad. Of course, it is only cheese.

Keith Jarrett: Whisper Not

In 1985, Keith Jarrett had a breakdown of sorts. His forays into classical music were taking him away from jazz, and the strain caused by this

Joe Jackson: Night and Day II

The millennium is truly at hand: Joe Jackson has put out an album I don’t love. You have to understand the magnitude of this.

Catch 22: Alone in a Crowd

Wow…now, that’s an unexpected feeling. The last thing I expected when I threw on the latest from Victory’s lone ska-punk band, Catch 22,

Kasey Chambers: The Captain

Kasey Chambers sounds Old Nashville. She hails from Australia, and is being touted as a potential major country music star.

    Afu-Ra: Body of the Life Force

Martial arts references in hip-hop music are abundant. Part of the brilliance of Jim Jarmusch’s recent film Ghost Dog was the awareness it had

Sunday, October 8 2000

90 Day Men: (It Is It) Critical Band

I don’t know what it is about people drawing upon bands of the past that never really made it out of DC. There has

Big Ass Truck: Who Let You In Here?

With the increasing genre-fication of mainstream radio into ever-smaller stylistic neighborhoods, is there room for a band like Big Ass Truck? The Memphis, Tennessee combo’

Wednesday, October 4 2000

Deke Dickerson & The Ecco-fonics: Rhythm Rhyme and Truth

With a name like Deke Dickerson, only three vocational options exists: Air Force test pilot, high school girls’ basketball coach, or roots rocker. Given that

Tuesday, October 3 2000


I went with my friend Shannon, who almost didn’t get in. We were both lax in terms of buying our tickets, and it seemed

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