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Monday, March 19 2001

    Powderfinger: Odyssey #5

You don’t really hear what all the fuss is about until you’re well into Odyssey Number Five‘s third track, “The Metre”. Then,


    Old 97s: Satellite Rides

Over the last handful of years, the Old 97s have gone from playing rock-ish country music to slightly country-ish rock music, to pop-ish rock that


    Ohgr: Welt

Last Saturday night I went to a “goth party” on a boat in Chelsea Piers, New York City. This goth barge contained three floors and


    Mumble & Peg: All My Waking Moments in a Jar

The first moments of Mumble & Peg’s All My Waking Moments in a Jar declares “This is pointless” and “Mumble & Peg hates you”


    The Mary Janes: Flame

With their country-tinged blend of indie-folk rock, The Mary Janes may not be for everyone, but their music is executed with such intelligence and heart,


    Linus of Hollywood: Let Yourself Be Happy

Anyone who has had a song featured on the Dude, Where’s My Car? soundtrack gets my stamp of approval. Not that I ever saw


Delinquent Habits: Merry Go Round

Delinquent Habits were all over MTV in 1996 with “Tres Delinquentes”, a snappy hip-hop track with a hook supplied by mariachi trumpets. At the time perceived


Miles Davis & John Coltrane: The Best of the Complete Columbia Recordings

In hindsight, it’s easy to assume the albums Miles Davis made with John Coltrane and the rest of his fabled first quintet between 1955 and 1961


Black Box Recorder: The Facts of Life

Its Gallic flavor notwithstanding, 'The Facts of Life' serves up a wonderful slice of traditional English miserablism. Like Pulp and Blur, Black Box Recorder has mastered a pop culture aesthetic inextricably linked to the post-war decline, one that turns complaining about how dreadful everything is into a supremely ironic, comic art form.


Tim Buckley: Morning Glory: The Tim Buckley Anthology

Tim Buckley died of a heroin overdose in 1975 at age 28. During his lifetime he recorded nine studio albums. He was a uniquely gifted singer whose


The Black Halos: The Violent Years

The musical atrocities being committed these days in the name of punk rock are astounding. A quarter-century ago a handful of intrepid artists did their


Alpha: The Impossible Thrill

Until the dawn of punk, those of us who grew up in Bristol in the 1970s had little to be happy about on the rock


Asa Cruz: Pop Star / ATC (A Touch of Class): Planet Pop

 ATC (A Touch of Class) Planet Pop(Republic/Universal)US release date: 6 February 2001 by Patrick Schabe asacruz-popstar.jpg :. e-mail this article:. print this article:.


Friday, March 16 2001

Nomeansno

I am slipping into nothingness. A strange nothingness this is though: a nothingness with substance.


Tuesday, March 13 2001

    True Love: self-titled

Well, here’s yet another band that sounds like they’re ready to have some hits. Will anyone listen? Let’s hope so. For True


Monday, March 12 2001

    Various Artists: Have You Had Your Vitamin B-3 Today?

This latest compilation from Joel Dorn and Label M is a collection of organ jazz mostly from the early 1960s. It is not, to my


    Various Artists: Pure 80’s Hits

Every generation winds up rediscovering themselves through pop culture nostalgia crazes. However, I still cannot fathom the interest in the 1980s that causes such quickie


    King Britt presents Sylk 130: Re-Members Only

Odd decade, the eighties. Reagan, Thatcher, early MTV, the cretinization of Hollywood, greed is good etc.—a sorry list. As far as music goes, many


    The Ocean Blue: Davy Jones’ Locker

Ethereal, delicate, shimmering, beautiful, mysterious, poetic, majestic, powerful, sublime. These are all words that have been used to describe the ocean, and they’re all


    Our Lady Peace: Spiritual Machines

It’s hard to know how to feel about Our Lady Peace. They have they appearance of a rock band who believes themselves to be


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