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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

DJ Irene: Global Housediva 2:  Live in Ibiza

This ain’t no ear candy. The pump, the bump, the funky, freaky beats are going to get you, whether you like it or not.

Call and Response: self-titled

Even if you're a die-hard Slipknot fan and you can't stand anything with keyboards or women, you'll have to admit that Call and Response make flawless pop.

Sunday, September 30 2001

Béla Fleck: Perpetual Motion

Perpetual Motion is Fleck’s latest project, a daring foray into Baroque, Classical and Romantic art music.

Thursday, September 27 2001

Godspeed You Black Emperor!

Needless to say, these are serious times. There is little place for irony. There is even less place for facile rock and roll rebellion. Enter

Tess Wiley: Rainy Day Assembly

Tess Wiley began her music career in earnest seven years ago as a member of Sixpence None the Richer. Not to be confused with tow-headed

Now It’s Overhead: self-titled

Enough of this Indian summer, I need winter now. Not because of a masochistic obsession with extreme snow sports or a romantic notion about hot

Wednesday, September 26 2001

Keb’ Mo’

With his 1994 eponymous debut, Keb’ Mo’, the Los Angeles-native also known as Kevin Moore let loose with an album full of solid songwriting and extraordinary

Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson & Sigur Rós: Angels of the Universe

Sigur Rós fans take note: although the Icelandic art-rockers get prominent billing on this film soundtrack, they contribute only two songs. The bulk of

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