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Monday, September 25 2000

Mark Selby: More Storms Comin’

Mark Selby’s Vanguard debut rocks. The opening track, threatening as it is, “Don’t You Throw That Mojo on Me” is about as houserockin’

The Solipsistics: Jesus of the Apes

This is the fourth album from the Solipsistics, produced by Earle Mankey, the man who brought us the great Jupiter Affect record released this year.

Pearl Jam: Arena di Verona

Sometime around 1993, Pearl Jam began removing the middlemen that obscured the way their music was marketed to the public. They stopped making videos, abandoned the

Morphine: Bootleg Detroit

When Morphine leader Mark Sandman collapsed and died in July of 1999, music lost one of it’s most unique and talented voices. During the band’

The Mayflies USA: The Pity List

Though I’m slightly embarrassed to say it now, I didn’t think much of The Mayflies the first time I heard The Pity List .

    Lower East Side Stitches: Lower East Side

The Lower East Side—once home to the immigrants, the dreamers, and the destitute has become residence to a new legion of dot-commers, sheeshee bistros,

John Hiatt: Crossing Muddy Waters

Things couldn’t be much better for John Hiatt right now. Seen on public television weekly as the host of Sessions at West 54th Street,

Lesley Gore: The Best of Lesley Gore: 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection

While the new millennium did not start with the expected power outages and mass looting, it did bring us a number of new compilations of

Stan Getz: My Foolish Heart: Live at the Left Bank

This Getz performance, recorded May 20, 1975, presents his saxophone in quartet with Richie Beirach’s piano, Dave Holland’s bass, and Jack Dejohnette’s drums. It

Faith & Disease: Beneath the Trees

This is Faith & Disease’s sixth release, and their first on the Projekt label. The gothic genre has divided a number of ways, providing

Black Eyed Peas: Bridging the Gap

Black Eyed Peas’ debut album Behind the Front was an energetic hip-hop party thoroughly derivative of A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul, right

Anton Barbeau: 17th Century Fuzzbox Blues

Anton Barbeau is one of the best unknown pop singer-songwriters in the world, period. If this were 1970, and PopMatters was Creem, and I were Lester

Back before it was “cool” to act like you didn’t care, before there was punk rock, new wave, grunge or indie rock, bands prided

Sunday, September 24 2000

Barenaked Ladies / Guster

The Barenaked Ladies seemed a bit lethargic for the first half of their Chicago set, which mostly featured songs from the group’s latest release

Thursday, September 21 2000

Phife Dawg: Ventilation: Da LP

A Tribe Called Quest’s breakup left three talented musicians pursing their own endeavors. As much as the media focuses on Q-Tip over the others,

Tuesday, September 19 2000

Phoenix: United

On United, the music is unoriginal and the lyrics lack substance.

Madonna: Music

And indeed, for Madonna, music, like most everything else, is always going to do something.

Björk: Selmasongs

Björk Gudmundsdottir has the ability to create music both whimsical and melancholy. Her latest release, Selmasongs illustrates this ability to an extreme. “Sometimes

Monday, September 18 2000

Adventures in Stereo / Waxwings / Chamber Strings

Adventures In Stereo, the Beach Boys influenced pop group from the UK, stopped in Seattle near the end of the month-long Bobsled Tour, featuring artists from that label.

Pele: The Nudes

The Nudes: ones who are without dress or adornment. Music without dress: when melody is in its barest essentials, what does it become? What does

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