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Wednesday, June 27 2001

    Graig Markel and Verses on Venus: The Summer Fire EP

Let me take a few moments here to describe the packaging of this EP. It doesn’t come in a jewel box, but in a

    Lucky 57: Lovely Melancholy

One reason nouveau traditional genres like roots rock or twang arise is to offer new expressive tropes when the old ones wear out. Rock and

Tuesday, June 26 2001

The New Pornographers

the dubious distinction of 'supergroup'. Yet they're all still anonymous enough that you don't get the pretension that is usually attached to anything 'super'.

Eliane Elias: The Best of Eliane Elias

Eliane Elias is one of those musicians who have tended to slip through the critical net and therefore she receives less than her share of

Monday, June 25 2001

Various Artists: Fluorescent Tunnelvision

It’s 2001 and what better time for the kind of space (rock) oddities collected on Fluorescent Tunnelvision? This new Mother West/Submergence compilation charts the

    Various Artists: Totally Dance

If you’re a club-hopper you’ll know chart hits like Dido’s not-so-bad “Thank You” presented here in a “deep dish vocal remix.” This

    Saru: Downtempo Dojo

It used to be Trip-Hop now it’s Downtempo. A better name, I think, if a little unspecific. Anyhow, this is as good an example

    Res: How I Do

Am I the only one who allows himself to think outside the box.? —Dale Gribble, King of the Hill Though neo-soul and its various incarnations

    Q-Burns Abstract Message: Invisible Airline

There is always a particular risk involved in attempting to fuse two distinct musical genres. Apart from artistic difficulties, which are often overwhelming, there is

    Parker and Lily: Hello Halo

Parker and Lilly are a dream pop band formed in New York early last year. Vocalist Parker Noon sings in the breathy trademark of that

    Prime Sth: Underneath the Surface

And then there are the bands that just have it. Maybe the music is a groovy little gimmick that overwhelms your body like an electric

    Lila McCann: Complete

Oh where to begin here? Admittedly, I’m not at all a country music fan. I don’t flat out dislike the genre, as my

Patty Loveless: Mountain Soul

Mountain Soul is not a career-revival strategy but a homecoming for Patty Loveless.

    Alicia Keys: Songs in A Minor

In the aftermath of Jill Scott’s surprising breakthrough last year and in what is year four of the Badu evolution, there have been several

David Garza: Overdub

There is something strangely disconcerting about witnessing the monkey’s wedding of modern rock’s incestuous breeding. The last couple of years have thrown out

Duotang: The Bright Side / The Intentions: self-titled

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The Beta Band: Hot Shots II

The Beta Band were featured prominently in the film version of High Fidelity when John Cusack’s character said “I’ll bet I can sell

The Bionaut: Lubricate Your Living-Room

There’s something charmingly retro about this collection of tracks released between 1993 and 1997—given that electronica, with its focus on technology and sound innovation, changes

Bliss 66: Trip to the 13th

We’re still waiting for the first truly successful modern rock band. Apart from million-selling Vertical Horizon, there’s been plenty of good records that

The Berlin Project: The Transition Radio EP

The cover of The Berlin Project’s Transition Radio EP features a cool picture of a girl looking into a storefront window that features various

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