Monday, September 17 2001
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
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
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
Gerald Levert is arguably the most consistent R&B vocalist of this generation.
Everyone knows Al Kooper in one form or another. If the name isn’t instantly recognizable, then Kooper’s long list of musical contributions and
Yes, Diana Krall is beautiful, a jazz pinup in the most classic sense. With her latest effort, The Look of Love, it is difficult to
What Gray possesses is a distinct voice and even more distinct personality that has given her the kind of visibility that she could have never imagined-the gawky brown girl with the squeaky voice has perhaps “queered” our perceptions of “The Diva”.
Gorky's Zygotic Mynci are often tagged as a Britpop band, mainly, it seems, because they play a sometimes quirky brand of indie fare that happened to come to the attention of English listeners during the '90s amid the Cool Britannia hype and hoopla . . . [however the] sound of GZM clearly challenged the Englishness that dominated Britpop and questioned the terms of its urban, largely male, rock hegemony.
In a recent Spin feature, the members of Radiohead were asked to name their favorite albums of 2000. The one record that showed up on all
I love classic Alice Cooper albums. There’s a lot of rock and roll joy to be found in such LPs as School’s Out,
Collective Soul are definitely an interesting, if somewhat strange band. Over the course of a seven year career, the band has sold more than five
It’s been a while since I’ve heard from Curve. I was a fan of theirs from the beginning. When Doppelganger came out back
A funny thing tends to happen to bands whose early notoriety is based around catchy songs despite a conspicuous lack of technical competence. From this
It’s good to see that not EVERY new rock band supported by major labels has to be a Blink 182 clone, Limp Bizkit rip-off or
Aesop Rock, an MC who spins an enigmatic web of words like some sort of high-strung, whacked-out prophet, makes a striking mark with Labor Days.
Sunday, September 16 2001
Every insurgency has its counter, as anyone in the CIA will tell you. Thus emo has its backlash in the adherents to the gospel of
Tuesday, September 11 2001
On September 11, Bob Dylan released a master work buzzing and sparking with the depthless energy of American folk music and charged with a faith in the goodness and potential harmony of the human community as wild and oceanic as Whitman’s.
Gold feels like a record hiding behind masks. Maybe Adams has spent so many years laying his heart out on the line that he’s trying to create a little distance
Monday, September 10 2001
Like all musical labels, the horrid “Asian Underground” moniker was much hated by everyone lumped together under it. All it really meant was “anyone with