Monday, May 22 2000
When music is described as “introspective,” usually it’s with someone like Lou Barlow or Morrissey, the tortured soul wringing sad stories from his lonely
Just yesterday a friend of mine and I were talking about Robert Johnson and wondering what his music would sound like if it had been
George Benson’s music has always been eclectic. He’s had many agreeable R&B and pop hits, including a cover of “On Broadway,”
Friday, May 19 2000
Allen’s best work achieved greatness by being more than funny by revealing or capturing something more substantive about human relationships. With Small Time Crooks, the substance comes from the unexpected satire of class differences that gets at something truer than a mere fish-out-of-water story.
Monday, May 15 2000
When it comes to white boys trying the hip-hop thang, however subtle or nonchalantly, the result is almost always bittersweet: sure, it’s catchy and
Sarah, Maggie, and Kyle absolutely rock! Plus, they cover Cheap Trick’s “Southern Girls.” Better? Sweet Revenge gets in your face, pulls your hair, and
Let’s go on a little bullshit hunt, shall we? The following quotes are from the promotional material sent with this CD: 1. “One listen to
I’m happy to report that Mundo Loco (Mad World) spent some time at the top of the charts in Cuba. For being a serious
Thursday, May 11 2000
As the show progressed, I couldn¹t help but notice that the set list consisted almost entirely of tracks from Figure 8
Most of the humor in Road Trip depends upon the audience identifying with the characters' sexual anxiety.
Monday, May 8 2000
Maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that a 21-year-old would make a record this unrefined, self-indulgent, pretentious, and, well . . . immature. What’s really infuriating about
Not long ago I reviewed Tab Benoit’s new album and recalled how some blues records seem to fall flat on their face when compared
Some musicians can pull off having a terrible singing voice and still manage to have successful careers (and Bob Dylan isn’t the only one).
Much has been made about Calexico’s ability to dip in and out of musical styles. While here on Hot Rail, their third release to
Peter Brotzmann Sextet & Quartet’s “Nipples,” the first track on the recently reissued CD of the same name, starts off with a percussive noise
Hailing from Cleveland, Avant is the first artist to be signed to Magic Johnson’s new label affiliated with MCA Records. Situating itself within the
Monday, May 1 2000
Keeping up with Dean and Gene Ween over the years has been no easy task. Having done everything from fabulous four track recordings to recording
The alter ego of Steve Eugene Grove, Euge Groove preceded this, his debut release for Warner, with a number one jazz hit on the Internet.
The concept of convergence in new media fascinates me. That is, we live in an age where our television will soon morph into our computer.
Picasso used to be shocking. It was garbage. John Coltrane used to hurt people’s ears. Charlie Parker just made lots of staccato noise. Now,