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Monday, July 31 2000

Various Artists: Hot Rod Magazine—Doo Wop Heaven

It’s interesting that a doo wop album with a Hot Rod Magazine cover doesn’t feature any songs from The Cadillacs or The El

King Biscuit Time: No Style

This is the second release from Beta Band vocalist Stephen Mason under the King Biscuit Time moniker. And just in case you missed his first

Sandy Denny: No More Sad Refrains: The Anthology

On last night’s episode of Young Americans on the WB, two blonde young people discussed their troubled relationship. One of them was under a

DJ Heather: Tangerine

Before I start talking about Tangerine itself, let me take a moment to expound on how difficult it is to review a mix CD by

The Barnyard Playboys: Dumbass on a Rampage

If The Beastie Boys were redneck, white-trash truck-driving wannabes instead of New York Upper West Side Jewish kids who wanted to be fly, rap/punks

Elvin Bishop & Little Smokey Smothers: That’s My Partner!

I’m under the influence of that time capsule again. Here is a quick history that happens to be a true story. Elvin Bishop was

Saturday, July 29 2000

Brian Wilson

, the enigmatic leader of The Beach Boys, one of the great pop composers of this century.

Jethro Tull

The platinum-wigged female string quartet has been conspicuously absent since 1974's Warchild tour, and the bassist who once sported a matching diagonal black and white striped suit and guitar has long since moved on.

Monday, July 24 2000


Since the inglorious public demise of the Jesus and Mary Chain in 1998, when William Reid quit the band onstage in Los Angeles, the brothers Reid have gone their separate musical ways.

Bela Fleck: Outbound

Pioneering banjo player Bela Fleck describes his new album, Outbound, as “a party with people from different cultures all hanging out.” In a nutshell, that

Dr. John: Hoodoo - The Collection

This reviewer can distinctly remember the static-laden, AM radio groove of Dr. John’s “Right Place, Wrong Time” back in 1973. This song was a clinic

Daniel Cage: Loud on Earth

Daniel Cage’s debut solo album sounds calculated to appeal to those prematurely approaching middle age. Co-produced by Kevin Killen (with Cage and Phil Nicolo),

Breakaway: Hold with Hope

Martha White’s smile is starting to fade. Her enthusiasm has melted to strained concern. Now looky here, she’s starting to pout. “Goodness gracious!”

Monday, July 17 2000

Various Artists: The Story of Bossa Nova

The Story of Bossa Nova is a remarkable story. The film Black Orpheus introduced bossa nova to the world. In 1958, Frenchman Marcel Camus expanded on

Tegan and Sara: This Business of Art

As though communicating in the shorthand of the identical twin sisters they are (one has bleached her hair or the other has dyed it), Tegan

    L’Altra: Music of a Sinking Occasion

The first time I heard L’Altra’s debut album Music of a Sinking Occasion, I recalled an image of my more spirited self in

Will Downing: All the Man That I Need

Perhaps no contemporary R&B artist has performed under as much obscurity. With the release of his seventh solo recording (his eighth recording Pleasures

The Beach Boys: Sunflower / Surf’s Up

Two of the more overlooked records in the Beach Boys canon (well, at least to those who swear by either Pet Sounds or the surf/

Appliance: Six Modular Pieces

Appreciating the sounds of Six Modular Pieces requires a type of patient listening more suited to those who enjoy ethnic or world music. In a

Absinthe Blind: Music for Security

From the first notes of the instrumental opener “Small,” Absinthe Blind assert that they are not your father’s indie band. Despite the limited visibility

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