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Monday, May 22 2000

The Clientele: A Fading Summer

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

Robert Belfour: What’s Wrong With You

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: Absolute Benson

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

Small Time Crooks

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

Elwood: The Parlance of Our Time

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

Bangs: Sweet Revenge

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

BBMAK: Sooner Or Later

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

David Alvarez y Juego de Manos: Mundo Loco

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

Elliott Smith

As the show progressed, I couldn¹t help but notice that the set list consisted almost entirely of tracks from Figure 8

Road Trip (2000)

Most of the humor in Road Trip depends upon the audience identifying with the characters' sexual anxiety.

Monday, May 8 2000

Sean Na Na: Dance ‘til Your Baby Is a Man

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

Sue Foley: Love Comin’ Down

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

Centro-matic: All the Falsest Hearts Can Try

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).

Calexico: Hot Rail

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

The Peter Brotzmann Sextet/Quartet: Nipples

Peter Brotzmann Sextet & Quartet’s “Nipples,” the first track on the recently reissued CD of the same name, starts off with a percussive noise

Avant: My Thoughts

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

    Ween: White Pepper

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

Euge Groove: self-titled

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.

Departure Lounge: self-titled

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.

Ornette Coleman: Skies of America / The Complete Science Fiction Sessions

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,

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