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Monday, September 17 2001

    Brad Mehldau Trio: Progression—Art of the Trio Volume 5

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

    Milemarker: Anaesthetic

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

Live: V

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: Gerald’s World

Gerald Levert is arguably the most consistent R&B vocalist of this generation.

    Al Kooper: Rare & Well Done: The Greatest and Rarest of Al Kooper

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

    Diana Krall: The Look of Love

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

Macy Gray: The Id

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: How I Long to Feel That Summer in My Heart

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.

Clinic: Internal Wrangler

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

Alice Cooper: Dragontown

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: 7even Year Itch

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

Curve: Gift

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

Bis: Return to Central

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

Athenaeum: self-titled

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: Labor Days

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

    Spokane: The Proud Graduates

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

Monday, September 10 2001

Bob Dylan: “Love and Theft”

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.

Ryan Adams: Gold

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

The Lord of the Rings (1978/2001)


    Various Artists: Swaraj: Future Asian Beat

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

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