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Thursday, November 1 2001

Monsters, Inc. (2001)


Tuesday, October 30 2001

James William Hindle: self-titled

Emptiness hangs in the air throughout James William Hindle’s self-titled album, along with an eternal search for something to grasp onto. The album’s

Eagle-Eye Cherry: Present/Future

Eagle-Eye Cherry’s sophomore album Present/Future is a bit of dull experience. It seems that the sophomore jinx has wrapped its arms fully around

Blaike: Just Taste It

“A girl stopped me and insisted I was Blaike and that she’d known me years ago. She was pretty and I was single. What

Monday, October 29 2001

Various Artists: Farewell Fondle ‘Em

This is not a work of great beauty or delicacy. It’s not really even “a work” at all. It’s a compilation of songs

    Various Artists: What’s Going On: To Benefit the United Way’s September 11th Fund and Artist

A tribute album is something that continues to intrigue the masses. Remakes of old songs, new and unexpected artists get to try out their styles

    Various Artists: Songs for Cassavetes: An All Ages Film

For some time, music critics have been speculating about the cultural and social implications of punk’s “do-it-yourself” (DIY) philosophy. In the 1970s, when punk

    Angie Stone: Mahogany Soul

Brown-Skinned black. Pleasingly Thick, by all measure of contemporary standards, ghetto-fab or otherwise. The voice—recalling Betty Wright in her prime. “Tonight is that night

The Reindeer Section: Y’all Get Scared Now, Ya’hear

Fans of Scottish indiepop were recently promised a full album of Belle & Sebastian songs soundtracking the new Todd Solondz movie Storytelling. The record has

Les Paul: The Best of Les Paul: 20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection

Sure we’re all familiar with his technical innovations (consciously or otherwise) including contributions like –- even arguably inventing –- the solid body guitar and

Kittie: Oracle

Kittie has something to prove. The band is comprised of three women playing in the heavily male dominated genre of metal, and on top of

    Michael Jackson: Invincible

“I’m tired of being the victim of shame, you’re throwing me in a class with a bad name, I can’t believe this

Enrique Iglesias: Escape

Like fellow Latin heartthrob Ricky Martin (his most obvious rival), Enrique Iglesias wasn’t satisfied with being a huge star in the Spanish-speaking world, so

Alex Gold: Xtravaganza Mix

Trance will always have its faithful followers and relentless champions. Of all the fleeting musical trends (um, speed garage, anyone?) coming and going these days,

Jason Falkner: Bedtime with the Beatles: A Lullaby Album

When I first heard that studio whiz/multi-instrumental tour-de-force Jason Falkner was producing a CD full of all-instrumental versions of Beatle songs targeted for kids,

Broadway Project: Compassion

Only Dan Berridge could make claustrophobia sound so beautiful. Diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis, Berridge packed up and moved from London to the sleepy seaside town

Saturday, October 27 2001

Various Artists: Do You Know House?

Six months ago we were drowning in Chill Out compilations. Now the record stores are groaning under the weight of innumerable History of House collections.

Various Artists: Lookout! Freakout Episode 2

When Green Day found themselves flung from the status of lowly musicians to that of music biz celebrities, it was Berkeley’s Lookout! Records that

Frank Lenz: The Hot Stuff

Oh, if only all R&B records were made this way. Imagine the Bee Gees making an art album at the peak of their

Friday, October 26 2001

Monster Massive

Richard “Humpty” Vission Mark Grant 2001 has not been a good year for the Los Angeles rave scene. The summer’s biggest event, JuJu Beats, was

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