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Monday, August 6 2001

Better Than Ezra: Closer

After three albums with Elektra, and after steadily declining sales for every album since their debut, Better Than Ezra hopped to an indie label for

Alfie: if you happy with you need do nothing

Alfie—it’s such a quintessentially British name for a quintessentially British band, what with it being the title of a quintessential British film starring

Arling and Cameron: We Are A & C

Though you may not think you know what the duo Arling & Cameron sound like, you most likely have heard their music. This postmodern-kitsch-lounge-electro-europop group’

Juan Atkins: Legends: Volume 1

For once, the word “legend” actually applies: Juan Atkins is widely acknowledged, along with his old partners Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson and Rick Davis, as

Tuesday, July 31 2001

Ghosts and Vodka: Precious Blood

Maybe it’s because, as members of indiemo artrock bands Cap’n Jazz and Joan of Arc, Victor Villarreal and Sam Zurich got tired of

Fred Stein the Experiment: Between Lost and Found

Good evening and welcome to Lounge-A-Rama night at the luxurious Motel 6 in downtown Dayton, New Jersey. Tonight we’ll be featuring the song stylings of

Monday, July 30 2001

    Various Artists: Head Jazz

I am so not in a good head space to review this compilation right now. You see, as I write this, it’s just after

Various Artists: Brazilified

Every once in a while the music industry atones for its sins. Quango, a great world beat/dance label started in the mid-‘90s by

    Varnaline: Songs in a Northern Key

Listening to Varnaline feels like being trapped under the ice of a half-frozen lake. It’s springtime and the crystals are crackling, breaking apart, occasionally

    Tight Bros From Way Back When: Lend You a Hand

One could speculate that the state of Washington is still the place to look towards when it comes to the search for pure rock and

    Sam Phillips: Fan Dance

After a five-year hiatus, Sam Phillips returns to form with the very intimate 'Fan Dance', a quality collection of adult pop that allows her sexy voice to deliver cryptically introspective musings in a finely focused, mostly acoustic scheme..

    pete: self-titled

Keeeyrist. Haven’t I heard this before? Yes, I think I have. I will take “Songs That Remind You of That Crummy Styx Song Title ‘

    Owls: self-titled

I think I’ve said this before in an earlier piece, but I feel that it needs repeating. If you ever get into this business

    Wynton Marsalis: Popular Songs: The Best of Wynton Marsalis

First names of jazz: Louis; Charlie; Dizzy; Billie; Thelonious; Miles; Ornette; Wynton… Wynton? Popular Songs: The Best of Wynton Marsalis celebrates Wynton Marsalis’s 40th

    Peter Murphy: aLive Justforlove

Peter Murphy’s new double disc, aLive Justforlove, couldn’t have a more appropriate title. Recorded late last year at the El Rey Theatre in

    Mr. Wright: Hello Is Anyone Out There

Another release from Le Grand Magistery in the cool, stylistically abundant pop vein. Another release from Kevin Wright, whose Mr. Wright has put out two

    Lift to Experience: The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads

There is no way to begin a review of this challenging album without quoting this telling opening passage from “Just As Was Told”: ‘This is

A Girl Called Eddy: Tears All Over Town

The story behind A Girl Called Eddy’s debut EP Tears All Over Town, at least according to the press materials for it, is that

Cursive: Burst and Bloom

On “Sink to the Beat”, the first track of Cursive’s latest EP Burst and Bloom, lead singer Tim Kasher breaks down the “formula” behind

Crystal Method: Tweekend

Flashback 1997: A world fascinated with the power of computers, watching the Internet transform communications and business. In the midst of it all, computerized music is

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