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Monday, October 30 2000

Chicks on Speed: The Re-Releases of the Un-Releases

More of a sonic art project than a band, the three international women that make up Chicks on Speed exude a laid-back coolness during every

Cradle of Filth: Midian

The kind of quality one expects from a new Cradle of Filth record is constantly being upped with each successive release. With Midian, Dani Filth

Aluminum Group: Pelo

The Chicago pop band, Aluminum Group is changing directions again—which is OK. After all, when you’ve reached the top of the heap, you’

Thursday, October 26 2000

Je Suis France: self-titled

Don’t let the name fool you; Je Suis France are not French. They are from Athens—not Greece, but Georgia—the town that spawned

Monday, October 23 2000

Various Artists: New Beats from the Delta: The Fat Possum Hip-Hop Record

Fat Possum has branched out! Now you can get a new sound from Oxford, Mississippi: dark blues-inspired rap. On this brand new CD, Fat Possum

    Willie D: Loved By Few, Hated By Many

The eternal debate about the genre of music simplistically labeled “gangsta rap” is often over whether the musicians are merely creating accurate snapshots of inner-city

Emiliana Torrini: Love in the Time of Science

Don’t mistake 23-year-old Emiliana Torrini for Björk. They may both share Icelandic accents and a love for ambient electronic sounds, but Torrini deserves

    Medeski Martin and Wood: The Dropper

Someone here is on something, and let me tell you, the Drug Czar is gonna have a hard time of it if acid-droppin’, joint-smokin’, ecstasy-takin’

J. Mascis and the Fog: More Light

J. Mascis has always come across as an eccentric introvert who spends most of his time sitting around and watching TV. In an interview years

    The Kinks: Come Dancing: The Best of The Kinks 1977-1986

The Kinks have survived 35-plus years in the music business not just because they are talented, but because they are versatile. While few could have

Nelly Furtado: Whoa, Nelly!

Nelly Furtado is a 21-year-old first generation Canadian, the daughter of Portuguese parents, and sings in English, Portuguese, and Hindi, which goes a long way

Dice Raw: Reclaiming the Dead

On the Roots’ classic LP Things Fall Apart (by far my favorite album of 1999), Black Thought had the line, “You need to buy the CD

Death Cab For Cutie: Forbidden Love EP

There’s a certain miniature quality to the name Death Cab For Cutie, like the music might just collapse in a giggle fit before it

A3: La Peste

Familiar to millions as the band behind “Woke Up This Morning”, the theme song from The Sopranos, A3 returns with a follow-up to 1997’s Exile

Sunday, October 22 2000

Deltron 3030: self-titled

With an album like Deltron 3030, I realize it is best that I state my biases up front. So here goes, I’m crazy about everything

Wednesday, October 18 2000

Eminem: The Marshall Mathers LP

No one is saying that Eminem’s vile language or violent imagery typifies the white race or even the young urban white male. In part this is a function of his own acerbic self-censure, which allows him a comedic, almost Woody-Allen-style cut-and-run

Tuesday, October 17 2000

Manic Street Preachers: This is My Truth Tell Me Yours

Weathering the disappearance of original primary lyricist Richey Edwards, the band has not only thrived, but also grown in new directions.

    Jean Caffeine: Idée Fixe

With her guitar-based introspective songs, Jean Caffeine’s Idée Fixe gives the constant impression that you’ve heard this done better by other musicians.

Monday, October 16 2000

    Rick Wakeman: Recollections: The Best of Rick Wakeman (1973-79)

In the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, when British heavyweights like Pink Floyd and Traffic were chewing up American roots rock and spitting back at

    Ben Watt and Jay Hannan: Lazy Dog: Deep House Music

Reviewing a DJ mix CD is tricky. There’s not much music on the disc original to the DJ doing the mixing (Timo Maas’ Music

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