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Tuesday, March 13 2001

    True Love: self-titled

Well, here’s yet another band that sounds like they’re ready to have some hits. Will anyone listen? Let’s hope so. For True

Monday, March 12 2001

    Various Artists: Have You Had Your Vitamin B-3 Today?

This latest compilation from Joel Dorn and Label M is a collection of organ jazz mostly from the early 1960s. It is not, to my

    Various Artists: Pure 80’s Hits

Every generation winds up rediscovering themselves through pop culture nostalgia crazes. However, I still cannot fathom the interest in the 1980s that causes such quickie

    King Britt presents Sylk 130: Re-Members Only

Odd decade, the eighties. Reagan, Thatcher, early MTV, the cretinization of Hollywood, greed is good etc.—a sorry list. As far as music goes, many

    The Ocean Blue: Davy Jones’ Locker

Ethereal, delicate, shimmering, beautiful, mysterious, poetic, majestic, powerful, sublime. These are all words that have been used to describe the ocean, and they’re all

    Our Lady Peace: Spiritual Machines

It’s hard to know how to feel about Our Lady Peace. They have they appearance of a rock band who believes themselves to be

    Lenola: Treat Me To Some Life

These days it seems that most of the bands influenced by the early ‘90s “shoegazer” scene or interested in making similarly dreamlike music work in

    Los Super Seven: Canto

Perhaps it’s a side effect of our fast-paced, modern culture. Perhaps it’s the result of record companies always trying to hop on the

    Joe Lovano: Flights of Fancy: Trio Fascinations Edition Two

This is the introspective face of High Modern jazz that has the die-hard fans slavering. Furthermore, on the strength of this release, at the end

Hesher: Self-Titled Debut

Hesher, aka Chip Love, is being touted as “the next Beck”, which is probably our generation’s answer to the crippling “next Dylan” tag of

Johnny Griffin & Steve Grossman Quintet: self-titled

Tenor duels were a big attraction in the Kansas City Swing era. Sax men lined up in the wings waiting to do battle with whoever

Frolic: To Dream, Perchance to Sleep

Frolic’s To Dream, Perchance to Sleep is undoubtedly beautiful, with Kelly O’Brien’s misty voice and the barely there arrangements. It’s haunted

Reverend Gary Davis: Live at Newport

By becoming an ordained Baptist minister in 1937, Reverend Gary Davis avoided being labeled another “Blind…” somebody. Blues has a long list of these: Blind Boy

Daft Punk: Discovery

I’m one of those people who will often sit around and start conversations with phrases like “Remember when techno music was really good?” I

Eric Clapton: Reptile

In recent weeks Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs has found its way onto the car stereo to remind me of what a glittering, if

Steve Almaas: Kingo a Wild One

From pioneering punk rock in Minneapolis/St. Paul with Suicide Commandos in the late 1970s (thereby stirring the musical impulses of Husker Du, The Replacements,

Tuesday, March 6 2001

Bob Belden: Black Dahlia

In postwar Los Angeles, where “You can make it there when you can’t make it anywhere else”, as actor Robert Mitchum once said, the

Monday, March 5 2001

Various Artists: Respect Is Burning Presents Respect to DJ Deep

e-mail this article My local record store has got so fed up trying to keep up with all the amoebic sub-dividing that goes on in

    Roseanna Vitro: Thoughts of Bill Evans: Conviction

You know a jazz singer’s album is in trouble when you keep wishing the singer would stay quiet, so you could hear the music.

    Otto Von Schirach: 8000 B.C.

Otto Von Schirach’s debut LP 8000 B.C. fully violates the divide between interesting experimental wizardry and utter nonsense. Like his colleagues Richard Devine and

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