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Monday, May 7 2001

    Fermin Muguruza: FM 99.00 Dub Manifest

There’s an old Basque proverb that says, “Ez ardo bizidunik, ez andre bizardunik”. Translated, that means, “Two things to avoid: sparkling wine and bearded

    Khan: No Comprendo

After countless European singles, genres, and pseudonyms Khan established his stateside reputation with 1999’s Matador debut 1-900-GET-KHAN. It featured a real live phone sex

Lea DeLaria: Play It Cool

I first saw Lea DeLaria as host of one of Comedy Cental’s periodic Out There specials focusing on gay and lesbian comics. She earned

David Byrne: Look into the Eyeball

Oh how far we’ve come, David Byrne. Byrne left an indelible mark on pop music with his first outfit (oversized), Talking Heads. In the

Natacha Atlas: Ayeshteni

The idea combining world music with dance beats is perhaps nothing new, but Natacha Atlas has mastered this art. While exhibiting her obvious love for

Tuesday, May 1 2001

Sigur Rós: 2 May 2001 - San Francisco

Icelandic musical phenomena Sigur Rós are the epitome of youth and isolation.

Monday, April 30 2001

The Green Pajamas: In a Glass Darkly

Seattle’s The Green Pajamas should be near the top of any Most Underrated Band in America list.

Badly Drawn Boy

1 May 2001: Irving Plaza - New York.

    Zero Zero: AM Gold

Frankly I’ve never given a hoot about the musical art form known as electronica. Perhaps it has to do with age or maybe it’

    Pinehurst Kids: Bleed It Dry

Nineteen ninety-five—ah, those were the good old days. Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera still had their Mickey Mouse ears, the Backstreet Boys were known

    Gram Parsons: Sacred Hearts and Fallen Angels: The Gram Parsons Anthology

One gets the sense Gram Parsons knew he wouldn't be around very long. This is music of distinction, often dark and always poignant, and whether Gram Parsons sings original music or covers a classic, his pure heart makes it his own. His genius is in making music that speaks to a certain frame of mind, a mood expressed as loneliness sung.

Ocean Colour Scene: Mechanical Wonder

Ocean Colour Scene have produced an album that’s warm and full, leaving the listener bathed in a peaceful glow.

    Stevie Nicks: Trouble in Shangri-La

Trouble in Shangri-La is Stevie Nicks’ first album of new material since 1994—since the successful Fleetwood Mac reunion, the release of her box set Enchanted,

Destiny’s Child: Survivor

Pop history is as slippery as a Tom Parker, as mysterious as a Brian Epstein, as mercurial as a Malcolm McLaren. Like its great managerial

Chris Clark: Clarence Park

Chris Clark, I thought I had him all sussed out. He’s signed to Warp (home of Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, Autechre, etc.) and

The Big Bright Lights: Take Manhattan

It took four years for Take Manhattan to be released? Why? At best it sounds like early Dinosaur Jr. meets typical college alt-rock. Oh well,

Thursday, April 26 2001

    Freddie King: The Ultimate Collection

When Freddie King died in 1976, aged only 42, the world did not mourn. A little too old to be a “Live Fast, Die Young” legend and

Blaze presents the James Toney Jnr. Project: Natural Blaze

Blaze have been around nearly 15 years. In that time they have become the leading exponents of jazzy, soulful house music, with endless remix credits and

Monday, April 23 2001

Manic Street Preachers: Know Your Enemy

Does the group once famously dubbed the most important British band of the ‘90s have anything left for us to listen to in this new millennium?

Modest Mouse: Sad Sappy Sucker

Taken on its own merits, Sad Sappy Sucker is pretty good, but the out-and-out strangeness of it all and the fact that it doesn’t hold together as a real album may throw off the uninitiated.

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