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Wednesday, July 11 2001

    Milagro Saints: Midnight America

The Milagro Saints are that relatively rare thing, an earnest old-fashioned folk rock band. Vocalists SD Ineson and Joyce Bowden met in New York and


Shinju Gumi: Mixing a Ghost

Shinju Gumi is a thirtysomething French composer and producer (a.k.a. Frédéric Paul) whose recent forays into the world of


Ashley Park: The American Scene

Funny what happens when you spend too much time reading press about an artist and record and not enough time listening. The “that wasn’t


Tuesday, July 10 2001

    The Del McCoury Band: Del and the Boys

I caught The Del McCoury Band live a little while back, and it was a real eye-opener. I’d been to several mannered bluegrass festivals


Prefuse 73: Vocal Studies + Uprock Narratives

Here is what Scott Herren, aka Prefuse 73, says about rappers: “I like to use MCs as another layer of music. You don’t have to get the heavy load of what an MC’s saying that might piss you off, some sort of bullshit you don’t wanna hear about.”


Monday, July 9 2001

    Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Americana

Not only is the question of 'What 'is' Americana?' open to debate, but so is the very 'Americana' label itself. After all, the genre has a variety of colorful monikers: 'Insurgent Country', 'No Depression', 'Cowpunk', and 'Alternative Country' -- probably the most well known -- to name a few.


    Walker Kong: There Goes the Sun

This poor disc has so far been referred to as everything except its correct name. I first saw it listed as There Goes The Sun


    Thunderball: Scorpio Rising

Can somebody say, “Awwww yeah”? Washington DC’s Thunderball open up their second album, Scorpio Rising, with a slab of superfly pimp-funk that would do


    Spacer: The Beamer

There’s nothing wrong with a bit of good-natured eclecticism. Take Howie B, for instance, former flame of music’s favorite woman-child, Björk


    Squarepusher: Go Plastic

Tom Jenkinson is hard. Don’t be fooled by the fluffy beard, the cute Essex boy accent. He’s difficult, frustrating, out of control. Better


    The Rondelles: Shined Nickels and Loose Change

The Rondelles’ story reads like a rock ‘n’ roll fairy tale. The group was formed by Juliet Swango (vocals, guitar), Oakley Munson (drums, organ), and


    Kelly Joe Phelps: Sky Like a Broken Clock

Kelly Joe Phelps’ Sky Like a Broken Clock is undoubtedly a fine effort. His rich gravelly voice is expressive and easy to listen to. His


    Anna Lauvergnac: self-titled

Female jazz vocalists are once again in the limelight, thanks largely to the popularity of the accomplished and very marketable Diana Krall. I can’t


Ivy: Long Distance

By taking smoothness to shocking new heights in just three records, New York rock trio Ivy has evolved from an indie rock group into something


The Hermit: Flying Out of Solitude

The Hermit is Hamish Thomson. He is a Canadian, which may be relevant, but I doubt it; he is a percussionist who loves electronic music,


David Gray: A Century Ends / The EPs 92-94 / Flesh

I can't imagine what made David Gray change his style. Perhaps there was some personal tragedy or triumph. Maybe it was the frustration of trying to break through, or maybe it was an electrical life-changing charge that went through him on hearing some new piece of music. Whatever it was, Gray stands poised to make some quality, affecting pop in the years to come.


The Gourds: Shinebox

If you’ve been wowed by Phish’s version of Snoop Dogg’s “Gin and Juice”, then you’ll be interested to discover that it’


Firewater: Psychopharmacology

What a grisly place this world can be; school shootings, drug abuse, homelessness, etc. And furthermore, what a strange disorienting existence this is; we plod


Faithless: Outrospective

Is there an unlikelier dance music outfit in business these days than Faithless? With a sound best described as all over the map, fronted by


Melissa Etheridge: Skin

Amidst all of the obvious talent that Melissa Etheridge possesses, one of the keys to her success has always been about writing powerfully emotional songs


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