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Monday, July 24 2000

Dr. John: Hoodoo - The Collection

This reviewer can distinctly remember the static-laden, AM radio groove of Dr. John’s “Right Place, Wrong Time” back in 1973. This song was a clinic

Daniel Cage: Loud on Earth

Daniel Cage’s debut solo album sounds calculated to appeal to those prematurely approaching middle age. Co-produced by Kevin Killen (with Cage and Phil Nicolo),

Breakaway: Hold with Hope

Martha White’s smile is starting to fade. Her enthusiasm has melted to strained concern. Now looky here, she’s starting to pout. “Goodness gracious!”

Monday, July 17 2000

Various Artists: The Story of Bossa Nova

The Story of Bossa Nova is a remarkable story. The film Black Orpheus introduced bossa nova to the world. In 1958, Frenchman Marcel Camus expanded on

Tegan and Sara: This Business of Art

As though communicating in the shorthand of the identical twin sisters they are (one has bleached her hair or the other has dyed it), Tegan

    L’Altra: Music of a Sinking Occasion

The first time I heard L’Altra’s debut album Music of a Sinking Occasion, I recalled an image of my more spirited self in

Will Downing: All the Man That I Need

Perhaps no contemporary R&B artist has performed under as much obscurity. With the release of his seventh solo recording (his eighth recording Pleasures

The Beach Boys: Sunflower / Surf’s Up

Two of the more overlooked records in the Beach Boys canon (well, at least to those who swear by either Pet Sounds or the surf/

Appliance: Six Modular Pieces

Appreciating the sounds of Six Modular Pieces requires a type of patient listening more suited to those who enjoy ethnic or world music. In a

Absinthe Blind: Music for Security

From the first notes of the instrumental opener “Small,” Absinthe Blind assert that they are not your father’s indie band. Despite the limited visibility

Friday, July 14 2000

King’s X

There have been very few times in my life where I have been completely bowled over by a band's sound, music so special that it seemingly knocked you out of your seat.

Wednesday, July 12 2000

Mice Parade: Collaborations

Mice Parade: the name suggests something both tiny and spectacular.

Monday, July 10 2000

Stir Fried: Last of the Blue Diamond Miners

There’s nothing wrong with playing “spot the influence” while listening to new music. Pop has not had any truly original music since Liverpool’s

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes: Live at the Paradise Theater, Boston, MA 12.23.78

Products of the same New Jersey shore scene that gave the world Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes were one of the first

Pinebender: Things Are About to Get Weird

It was night, around 11:30 p.m. The color of the sky was somewhere between dark blue and black and you could hear the faint hum

Dogstar: Happy Ending

I have an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other. The angel says, “You must retain some ethics and objectivity when reviewing

Deckard: Stereodreamscene

On first listen, Deckard would seem to be just another one of the interchangeable, non-offensive, just-sensitive-enough modern rock bands that always seem to be ever-present,

The Atlanta Rhythm Section: Live at the Savoy, New York October 27, 1981

Ever wondered what it would have been like to be front row at a Led Zeppelin concert in 1973 or close enough to reach out and

Saturday, July 8 2000

The Indigo Girls (with Spearhead and Rose Pelanzaro)

There’s no denying the fact that there is almost always something magical in the air during a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrisson,

Monday, July 3 2000

Edwin: Another Spin Around the Sun

Edwin’s debut solo offering, Another Spin Around the Sun, represents a golden opportunity for the artist to blaze his own trail, his way. A

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