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Monday, August 27 2001

    Stereolab: Sound-Dust

By now, after eight albums and a hard-to-map path of singles and EPs, Stereolab has written their own musical language. It’s one built in


    Adam Schmitt: Demolition

A long time ago, or so it seems, I had Adam Schmitt’s first album, World So Bright that I found in a bargain bin


Earl Scruggs: Earl Scruggs and Friends

One of the great things about Earl Scruggs—besides, of course, the fact that he’s a musical genius whose three-finger picking style revolutionized the


    Quiet Riot: Metal Health

When Quiet Riot released Metal Health in the spring of 1983, it was an instant success. By November the record had sold millions and became the


Phamous Phaces: New Pop City

New Pop City is populated with highly competent, melodic jangle-pop and is easily the best effort yet from this Eugene, Oregon quartet, so why do


    Bud Powell: The Amazing Bud Powell—Vols 1 and 2

That each generation of jazz pianists still marvels at and learns from Bud Powell is proof that these are so much more than historically interesting museum pieces.


    Roger McGuinn: Treasures from the Folk Den

When Roger McGuinn was a member of The Byrds—one of America’s most influential rock ‘n’ roll bands—he brought to his band an


    The Mavericks: The Best of the Mavericks: 20th Century Masters—The Millennium Collection

Though they enjoyed a modicum of success in their 10-year run, in the end the Mavericks outgrew their audience with an ever-expanding musical palette that


    The Mamas & the Papas: All The Leaves Are Brown: The Golden Era Collection

“All the leaves are brown and the sky is grayI’ve been for a walk on a winter’s dayI’d be safe and warm. . . .” —“


Sunny Ledfurd: The White Disk

“SL you guys rock, i love guys and i just wanted to say when you guys get big PLEAZ dont chang cuz most singers, groups,


    B.B. King: Here and There: The Uncollected B.B. King

BB. King once said that “the blues is an expression of anger against shame and humiliation”. Given the source of this definition (that amiable gentle


The Ivory Coast: Clouds

Clouds is one of those albums that frustrates the listener’s critical capacities. You spend half your time trying to decide if you actually like


Heavenly: Heavenly Versus Satan

Heavenly obviously recalls an earlier era in independent rock since Heavenly Versus Satan is the domestic re-release of the band’s 1990 album. Still, a bit


Club 8: self-titled

Club 8 have the elements that mark the most memorable pop music, from Astrud Gilberto to Stephin Merritt: a sense of style, a remarkable vocalist, atmosphere,


Circulatory System: self-titled

If the eponymous debut from Circulatory System looks like an Olivia Tremor Control CD, it’s because it almost is. The first thing you might


Butthole Surfers: Weird Revolution

Gibby Haynes began the Butthole Surfers’ 1987 masterpiece Locust Abortion Technician with an exchange between father and son in which (before ending with a bombastic exhortation


Madonna Live: Drowned World 2001

The difference between Em's lyrical violence against women and Madonna's battered video self-portraits is that in Em's songs, violence against women is always nasty, ugly, and despicable (contrary to those who would claim he 'glorifies' it), unlike the video-screen Madonna of 'Drowned World', who is bloodied and bruised but nevertheless glamorous.


Sunday, August 26 2001

    J.J. Johnson: The Eminent, Volume One

When trombonist J.J. Johnson died in April of this year, the obituaries were respectful, his place in jazz history was duly acknowledged and his


    Rodney Jones: Soul Manifesto

Who’s got the funk? Well, this month’s answer to that age-old question is Blue Note. Not jazz-funk, mind you, or any new-fangled variant,


Five: Kingsize

For such a good pop album, it’s a shame the band is no longer. You heard right. The superboy band Five has disbanded. Here’


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