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Monday, October 8 2001

Death Cab for Cutie: The Photo Album

Death Cab for Cutie’s songs live in a tiny, claustrophobic, brilliant space. Every sound matters. Ben Gibbard massages every word he sings, exacting the

Guy Clark, Steve Earle and Townes Van Zandt: Together at the Bluebird Café

Could this be a win-win-win situation, a trio of the finest Texas songwriters taking turns strumming their tunes in a casual sitting? This collection, the

Beachwood Sparks: Once We Were Trees

Beachwood Sparks is a California band; it is the Byrds and the Beach Boys, Love and Buffalo Springfield, the Minutemen and Rank and File. Country-rock or alt-country might be the easiest tags to hang round the band's neck, but it doesn't follow the rules of that genre or any other, it offers more than any pigeonhole could hold.

Aveo: Bridge to the Northern Lights

Aveo is a band that doesn’t know quite who it wants to be. At times, it shares the quiet adolescent misery of bands like

Sunday, October 7 2001

Mercury Rev

For a band that has been through so much in its 10 year lifespan, it is a touch surprising to see the Rev saunter onto the

The Fab Faux

Seek a gear show for those in the know? Go hear Fab Faux! One of my few regrets in life is not having attended a

Stars of the Lid: The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid

It tires you out, makes you feel like you just awakened from either a week-long nap or a coma, as you tend to lose track of time when attempting to sit through it all.

Saturday, October 6 2001

    Various Artists: Listen to What the Man Said: Popular Artists Pay Tribute to the Music of Pa

 Various Artists Coming Up: Independent Artists Pay Tribute to the Music of Paul McCartney(Oglio)US release date: 30 October 2001 by Jason Damas various-mccartneytributes.jpg :.

Thursday, October 4 2001


“It’s not up to you”: or Ethics According to Björk It’s rare when a pop star is also a prophet. The awesomeness

Ryan Adams

At age 26, Ryan Adams has already earned enough praise and criticism to last a career. When he was just 20 years old, Adams’ band Whiskeytown was

Tuesday, October 2 2001

Syd Barrett: The Best of Syd Barrett: Wouldn’t You Miss Me?

If buying a Syd Barrett CD is our electronic equivalent of paying to watch the crazies, what sort of vicarious experience do we hope to get for our $12.99? Whatever we see in Syd probably reveals more about our own delusions than about his.

Monday, October 1 2001


While J.D. is running from pages and hiding in closets, Turk 'is learning by doing,' cutting, poking, and defibrillating with gusto.

Various Artists: Bare Essentials Vol. 1

Rhythm may well be a dancer (serious like cancer, as Snap! taught us all in ‘92) but away from the club, what seemed like an electrifying

    Violet Indiana: Special

I reviewed Violet Indiana’s Roulette album for PopMatters earlier this year. In that review, I praised Robin Guthrie’s delicate, artful guitars and Siobhan

Steve Tyrell: Standard Time

Before 1991, Steve Tyrell was known to just a handful of cognoscenti as the man who put BJ Thomas on the map by producing his version

Ray Romano: Live at Carnegie Hall

Great comedy albums are in short supply these days, which is to be expected. After all, great comedians are equally rare. There was a stretch

    Keith Jarrett / Gary Peacock / Jack DeJohnette: Inside Out

You’d think Keith Jarrett had something to prove. Each release since a bout with chronic fatigue syndrome sidelined him for three years in the

The Gipsy Kings: Somos Gitanos

It’s been 15 years since the Gipsy Kings came on to the world music scene with their multinational take on traditional flamenco music. The trick

Garbage: Beautifulgarbage

Garbage is back. Cue the fanfare. Wait . . . not so fast, junior. Seems that Shirley Manson and pals have upset a few of the old diehards

Four Tet: Pause

Electronic music is a funny medium. Purists balk at it, claiming there’s no talent required when composing with a bank of synths, computers, and

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