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Thursday, October 18 2001

Low

Low, Obscured by Crowds In the wake of recent events here in New York City—and elsewhere, it goes without saying—the idea of an


Focus (2001)

William H. Macy plays Larry like a length of coaxial cable in a bowtie and a cardigan.


Wednesday, October 17 2001

The Breeders

The Breeders Give Birth to a Good Time “Hey, nothing’s in my heartI’d rather be cool than be smartHey, what I’m thinking


Basement Jaxx

Basement Jaxx have surely obtained a convert. I’ve never been a fan of electronica, but after the Basement Jaxx show, I have been struck


Monday, October 15 2001

    Michael Wolff & Impure Thoughts: Intoxicate

Pianist Michael Wolff’s previous album, the first with his band Impure Thoughts (and which also bore that name) was one of the finest records


    The Velvet Underground: Bootleg Series Volume 1: The Quine Tapes

You can’t discuss punk music and not talk about The Velvet Underground and their great legacy that continues to inspire musicians from all walks


    Triangle: self-titled

The word triangle evokes high-school geometry and that instrument you were handed to play at the right moment in elementary school music class, and, in


Saturnine: Pleasure of Ruins

What if, long ago, Robert Smith of the Cure and Michael Stipe of R.E.M. had decided to write some songs and form a


Steve Reich: Triple Quartet

Steve Reich’s compositional genius and influence over contemporary music—especially over recent developments in electronic music—have established him as a living legend. Perfecting


    New Order: Get Ready

On 'Get Ready', New Order create a new sound out of their own past. Mining the subtleties of melody and rhythm that were so pronounced throughout their career, New Order seem to have crafted themselves anew out of nostalgia and the timelessness of pop sensibility.


    James Mathus & His Knockdown Society: National Antiseptic

The Squirrel Nut Zippers caught a lot of flack for their neo-Dixieland/jump-blues/swing stylings. Perhaps it was a problem of “swing revival” street cred;


Hugh Masakela: Grazin’ in the Grass: The Best of Hugh Masakela

Hugh Masakela’s crisp but mellow trumpet tones will always be associated, by my generation, with the international Anti-Apartheid movement, to which he made a


    The Lassie Foundation / Duraluxe: I Duel Sioux and the Ale of Saturn

This is a split CD featuring what would have been a “side” on a cassette or vinyl LP each devoted to different, but similar and


Lit: Atomic

The sound of a helicopter fills your ears. A crowd roars as the propellers whip through your brain. A guitar starts whining like the voice


Ides of Space: There Are No New Clouds

In a not-so-bizarre-these-days instance of television imitating life, the Australian freshman outfit Ides of Space were featured on this week’s Dawson’s Creek. The


Eardrum: Side Effects / Orange Glass: Underwater Underground

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Beatle Jazz: Another Bite of the Apple

Throughout the past four decades, the Beatles’ vast catalogue has been mined by various groups seeking to put their own stamp on the Fab Four’


Bertrand Burgalat: The SSSound of MMMusic

I don’t know about the rest of the country, but it’s starting to feel like something out of The Shining up here at


AM/FM: Getting Into Sinking

I miss the old days of the music industry. You know, when you could count on your favorite artist or band releasing an album per


Sunday, October 14 2001

Dave Olson: #80

Iowa City is a very small town. Highlights of the musical life here have included what I’m told is an annual visit from Jonathan


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