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Monday, June 11 2001

    The Pearlfishers: Across the Milky Way

Can we talk for a minute? Let’s transcend this music reviewer/audience dichotomy—that’s not what human relationships have come to today, is


    Neotropic: La Prochaine Fois

Riz Maslen is somewhat of an enigma in electronic music. For starters, she’s not that electronic. In the past she’s leaned toward creating


Willie Nelson: Rainbow Connection

Over the course of a long and winding career, Willie Nelson has been a lot of things: gifted songwriter, outlaw country singer, concept album master,


    Bob Marley and the Wailers: Catch a Fire / Burnin’

Catch a Fire, Bob Marley and the Wailers’ first major label release, was the album that set the band—primarily Marley, of course—on the


    Bob Marley and the Wailers: Natty Dread

Their sound was already classic. Despite being together close to a decade, the release of Catch a Fire in 1973, marked the first the music of


    Kevin Kling: Stories off the Shallow End / Home and Away

Kevin Kling speaks like he’s a little kid jumping up and down, giddy with enthusiasm to tell you something. As is the case with


Fontanelle: F

The electronic jazz/post-rock instrumental experimentation of Fontanelle’s 2000 self-titled debut suggested a slightly funky hybrid of Can and early-‘70s Miles Davis. F offers


Electric Light Orchestra: Eldorado

“The communion of the saints, in earlier times it was set by painters in a golden heaven, shining, beautiful and full of peace . . . It is


David Candy: Playpower

Utilizing the same retro-futuristic attitude as groups like Pizzicato Five and Air, the musician known as David Candy (a persona of Washington D.C. musician


Ass Ponys: Lohio

With “indie rock” wallowing in self-consciousness and annoying twee-pop, it is with relief that one realizes the utter lack of pretension that characterizes an Ass


Absinthe Blind: The Everyday Separation

A name like Absinthe Blind would lead listeners to expect more than pleasantly composed modern rock. The Everyday Separation is huge in its scope and


Friday, June 8 2001

    Starflyer 59: Leave Here a Stranger

Starflyer 59 make shoe-tapping, dreamy, anxious, melancholy, playful, quirky, wistful pop/rock, and if that sounds like a peculiar combination, now you’re getting the picture.


Monday, June 4 2001

    Various Artists: Chitlin’ Circuit Soul

“It was 1954, 1955. I’m either 15 or 16 years old. The place is somewhere in a barn with a bandstand along the east Texas/Louisiana border. We


    Various Artists: Cosmic Funk

What is the first thing you think of when you hear the term “mood music?” Sex, right? “Mood music” is, in fact, “in the mood


    Rufus Wainwright: Poses

Rufus Wainwright is the Real McCoy—talent in spades. Not that he needs to hear that repeated for the umpteenth time. When his eponymously titled


    Violet Indiana: Roulette

As I listened to this Roulette for the first two times, I prepared myself to write a review that would point out things like the


    Ron Sexsmith: Blue Boy

The charm of Canada’s Ron Sexsmith has always been the seeming ease and simplicity of his lyrical storytelling, at once immediate, unadorned and direct.


    Raft of Dead Monkeys: Thoroughlev

Raft of Dead Monkeys’ album Thoroughlev is absolutely one of the best albums to come out this year. It is reminiscent of the work of


    Ted Nugent: Full Bluntal Nugity

The ever-controversial Ted Nugent is many things to many people. To some, he is an arrogant, outspoken, self-righteous, crossbow-packin’, gun-totin’ murderer of defenseless animals. To


Herbert: Bodily Functions

The electronic medium is one that is tremendously appealing to the air-guitar enthusiasts of the world simply because it allows one who is not classically


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