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Monday, October 23 2000

Nelly Furtado: Whoa, Nelly!

Nelly Furtado is a 21-year-old first generation Canadian, the daughter of Portuguese parents, and sings in English, Portuguese, and Hindi, which goes a long way


Dice Raw: Reclaiming the Dead

On the Roots’ classic LP Things Fall Apart (by far my favorite album of 1999), Black Thought had the line, “You need to buy the CD


Death Cab For Cutie: Forbidden Love EP

There’s a certain miniature quality to the name Death Cab For Cutie, like the music might just collapse in a giggle fit before it


A3: La Peste

Familiar to millions as the band behind “Woke Up This Morning”, the theme song from The Sopranos, A3 returns with a follow-up to 1997’s Exile


Sunday, October 22 2000

Deltron 3030: self-titled

With an album like Deltron 3030, I realize it is best that I state my biases up front. So here goes, I’m crazy about everything


Thursday, October 19 2000

Eminem: The Marshall Mathers LP

No one is saying that Eminem’s vile language or violent imagery typifies the white race or even the young urban white male. In part this is a function of his own acerbic self-censure, which allows him a comedic, almost Woody-Allen-style cut-and-run


Wednesday, October 18 2000

Manic Street Preachers: This is My Truth Tell Me Yours

Weathering the disappearance of original primary lyricist Richey Edwards, the band has not only thrived, but also grown in new directions.


Tuesday, October 17 2000

    Jean Caffeine: Idée Fixe

With her guitar-based introspective songs, Jean Caffeine’s Idée Fixe gives the constant impression that you’ve heard this done better by other musicians.


Monday, October 16 2000

    Rick Wakeman: Recollections: The Best of Rick Wakeman (1973-79)

In the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, when British heavyweights like Pink Floyd and Traffic were chewing up American roots rock and spitting back at


    Ben Watt and Jay Hannan: Lazy Dog: Deep House Music

Reviewing a DJ mix CD is tricky. There’s not much music on the disc original to the DJ doing the mixing (Timo Maas’ Music


Squirrel Nut Zippers: Bedlam Ballroom

There once was a year called 1996. Hit songs came from bands like La Bouche. Humanity, near the brink of ruin, tottered, deserpate for salvation. So


Superdrag: In the Valley of Dying Stars

When I saw Superdrag open for Pulp a few years ago, I quickly dismissed the group as a bunch of hillbillies who desperately wanted to


Sunday’s Best: Poised to Break

From the somewhat unnerving homage to The Police’s “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” on “The Hardest Part” to the vocals which sound


    Profyle: Nothin’ But Drama

In an already crowded market, Profyle’s debut album Whispers in the Dark marked them out as capable of breathing some much needed life into


    The Mountain Goats: The Coroner’s Gambit

The Mountain Goats are a veritable army of one, generaled by Colo, Iowa resident John Darnielle. His weapons of choice are a Panasonic boom box


Libraness: Yesterday and Tomorrow’s Shells

Yesterday and Tomorrow’s Shells, the first release from Ash Bowie’s solo project Libraness, has an indefinable strangeness about it. Hypnotic but beautiful, Libraness


The Letter E: No. 5ive Long Player

According to Funk & Wagnall’s Multimedia Encyclopedia, the letter E is the “most frequently used letter of the English alphabet.” However, The Letter E


Jega: Geometry

There’s a common link among most all pieces of electronic music. Maybe it goes for most instrumental music for that matter. It’s the


Margo Guryan: Take a Picture

Take a Picture is a reissue of an underground classic from 1968. Margo Guryan was/is a respected songwriter from the ‘60s whose songs were recorded


    Fixx: The Best of Fixx: The Millennium Collection

The brief for The Millennium Collection series, as the news release would have it, is to feature “new ‘best of’ albums from the most significant


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