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Monday, April 9 2001

    Various Artists: Mexico

With Mexico, the folks over at Putumayo are banking on the fact its listeners have never visited the dirty hole of a tourist trap that


    Various Artists: Red, Hot and Indigo: A Tribute to Duke Ellington

It has been 10 years since the Red Hot organization brought together an eclectic group of artists and musicians to record Red, Hot and Blue, a


    Red House Painters: Old Ramon

The year 1998 was not very good for Mark Kozolek and his band The Red House Painters. Following critical acclaim for albums like Down Colorful Hill


    The O’Jays: The Ultimate O’Jays

It is hard not to listen to this, and other products of the golden age of Philadelphia International Records, without succumbing to nostalgia. I am


    Monster Movie: self-titled

Prepare to be washed away. The music contained on this EP will certainly change your minds about that whole Britpop franchise. Monster Movie has brought


    Lemon Jelly: lemonjelly.ky

Every so often there is a true musical “moment” when an act breaks through that is so complete, so utterly surprising, that as a music


Earth, Wind & Fire: Open Our Eyes / Spirit

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Ani Difranco: Reveling/Reckoning

When I was a punk rock kid, I lived in constant fear of my favorite punk bands “selling out”. It seems fans of Ani Difranco


DJ Smash: Phonography

Phonography, compiled and mixed by DJ Smash, is a laid-back party mix for lazy afternoons and the quiet calm of late nights and early mornings.


Couch: Profane

There is significantly more to German instrumental band Couch than its unfortunately staid moniker might at first suggest. This is the group’s fourth full-length


Dave Brubeck: At Carnegie Hall / Jazz Impressions of Japan

Pianist Dave Brubeck and his Quartet—with Paul Desmond on sax, Eugene Wright (later Bob Bates) on bass and Joe Morello (later Joe Dodge) on


Sunday, April 8 2001

J Mascis and The Fog

9 April 2001: Black Cat - Washington DC.


Wednesday, April 4 2001

    Pookey Bleum: Lo-Fi Rainbow

I don’t know if you guys out there remember Pianosaurus. If you don’t, they were this novelty group who played all their songs


Tuesday, April 3 2001

E*Vax: Parking Lot Music

Parking Lot Music has both an absolute coherence of sound missing from most pop music and a sense for tunefulness and songcraft missing from most


Monday, April 2 2001

    Various Artists: Sounds Eclectic

Los Angeles public radio station KCRW has been long been regarded as one of the last bastions of sophisticated radio programming. Their flagship program, Morning


    Twigs: Epicure

TThe Twigs are completely unoriginal. Every hook on this English/Norwegian quartet’s second length LP, Epicure, every lyric, every distortion drenched moment, is lifted


    Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band: Live in New York City

What can I say about Bruce Springsteen? I grapple and grapple with him, constantly attempting to reconcile his mythic place as the voice of some


    Sixer: Saving Grace

I remember liking Social Distortion alright back in the old days. Their early stuff wasn’t bad, but it all sounded just like off-the-shelf SoCal


    The Richmond Sluts: self-titled

Straight out of San Francisco comes another band who’s trying to bring back the spirit of ‘77. That’s the first impression I had of


    Run DMC: Crown Royal

While it is indisputable that Run DMC are legendary figures in hip-hop, it is also hard to overlook the fact that the last time they


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