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Tuesday, September 18 2001

Tori Amos: Strange Little Girls

A Tori Amos album that even some of the most devoted fans seem to be passing on. Ah well, if nothing else it’ll score Amos a little pocket change. You gotta love product.


Monday, September 17 2001

Various Artists: Get the Blues!

I used to like 99 cent samplers, and perhaps boasted publicly too often about my once secret thrill of finding them. But with inflation, slagflation, slumpflation,


    Various Artists: Dub Selector / Lush Life Electronica

 Various Artists Lush Life Electronica(Quango/Palm Pictures)US release date: 4 September, 2001UK release date: Available as import by Matt Cibula various-dubselector.jpg :. e-mail


The Who: Live at Leeds (Deluxe Edition)

“I used to think we’d last as long as out hair did, but that doesn’t seem to matter anymore which is good for


Vue: Find Your Home

Bill Doss of the Sunshine Fix, talking about his creative process, said, “It’s all about appropriating these days isn’t it?”. And why shouldn’


    Tweaker: The Attraction to All Things Uncertain

Nine Inch Nails really had something going in 1989 with the gut-wrenching, soul-sucking album, Pretty Hate Machine. Fast forward 12 years, and Trent Reznor is still hard


Telefon Tel Aviv: Fahrenheit Far Enough

There is some electronic music that is meant for ass-shakin’ at the club: big fat beats that get the rump rockin’, hyperkinetic rhythms, fast-paced spacey


    Squeeze: Greatest Hits

Squeeze were never cool. One viewing of their atrocious videos proves that they could not compete in the image wars of the early 1980s. Their


    Superchunk: Here’s to Shutting Up

I missed out on punk rock. Sure, I listened to Social Distortion on my friend Pat’s tape deck, got into old Clash tapes in


Jennifer Paige: Positively Somewhere

1998: Toni Braxton files for bankruptcy. Titantic becomes one of the biggest films in history. Frank Sinatra dies. Swing dancing becomes the country line dancing of


    Owen: self-titled

The lights go down. The spotlight hits the stage. A crowded room of indie-rock kids clink their glasses of single malt beverages. A buzz of


    Beaver Nelson: Undisturbed

A bright Gerber daisy on his jacket is not enough to distract you from the intensity of Beaver Nelson’s piercing stare. Yet the photograph


    Money Mark: Change Is Coming

Mark Nishita, a.k.a. Money Mark, is a hard man to pin down. If you recognize the name, it’s most likely because of


    The Mad Capsule Markets: OSC-DIS (Oscillator in Distortion)

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury: My clients, the Mad Capsule Markets, are accused of many things. The prosecution has tried very hard to paint


    John Mayer: Room for Squares

Ladies and gentlemen, I give to you . . . John Mayer! Now, just be quiet a moment. You’re going to love this guy! You’re going


    Melochrome: Stay a Little Longer

Melochrome really lives up to the “mellow” in its name on Stay a Little Longer. The sophomore effort from the Chicago dream-pop unit is a


Yo-Yo Ma: Classic Yo-Yo

It’s safe to say that Yo-Yo Ma has been classical music’s most successful goodwill ambassador of the last decade. His unparalleled technical virtuosity,


    Brad Mehldau Trio: Progression—Art of the Trio Volume 5

The sleeve notes to Progression aren’t going to do much for jazz’s reputation as too highbrow for its own good consisting, as they


    Milemarker: Anaesthetic

Something about Milemarker’s previous album, Frigid Forms Sell, just never sat right with me. Actually, I should make that a couple of “somethings”—the


Live: V

The year is 1994. The moment the world heard “I Alone”, there was almost an audible moment of silence. Wow. Where did that come from? Who


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