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Monday, November 13 2000

Fisher: True North

You almost can’t help liking Fisher. Their combination of sensitively haunting lyrics with honest vocals is familiar but still compelling. While nothing on True


Elysian Fields: Queen of the Meadow

With song titles such as “Tides of the Moon” and “Fright Night,” it’s obvious where Elysian Fields’ interests lie. Exploring the darker sides of


The reviews coming out on The Beatles’ 1, an anthology of 27 songs that went to number one in Britain and America, have been largely anecdotal. That’


Roy Ayers: Best of Roy Ayers - Millenium Collection

The genius of Roy Ayers spans decades. From the ‘70s to the present day, his music continues to be supported by performers and audiences of


Monday, November 6 2000

    Sad Rockets: Transition

One thing Andrew Pekler, the sole member of Sad Rockets, is particularly adamant about is making sure his true-to-form, played-with-real-instruments and analog-recorded music is known


    Pru: self-titled

In addition to its invocation Miles Davis’ classic Sketches of Spain, one of the most striking features of Pru’s “Sketches of Pain” is the


    The Pharcyde: Plain Rap

Thank God for the next generation of hip-hop. About this time two years back, I had just about resigned myself to the fact that Snoop


    R. Kelly: TP-2.COM- PopMatters Music Review

It is my suspicion that critics and listening audiences have taken R. Kelly for granted. Simply put, he is arguably the most accomplished R&


    B.B. King: Anthology 1962-1998

B.B King’s guitar sound is immediately identifiable and hugely influential. The All-Music Guide is not exaggerating when they say, “A contemporary blues guitar


Thursday, November 2 2000

    Tino Izzo: Nostalgia Trails

Just as many times people rarely can describe why they’re drawn to a form of music other than speaking in generalities, “it’s restful”, “


Monday, October 30 2000

    Thee Michelle Gun Elephant: Gear Blues

On the surface, Japan’s Thee Michelle Gun Elephant inspires interest and amusement from their name to Gear Blues’ ultra-serious cover art, featuring the four


The Search for Saturnalia: Four Letters

Once upon a time, in the halcyon days of college rock and modern rock radio, it was possible and topical to talk about this strange


PJ Harvey: Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea

PJ Harvey storms into the opening bars of her new album with the force of a hurricane. It’s been two years since Harvey’s


Dakota Suite: Signal Hill

I recall reading a scathing review of Dakota Suite’s 1998 LP, Songs For a Barbed Wire Fence (I believe it was in the NME) which


Chicks on Speed: The Re-Releases of the Un-Releases

More of a sonic art project than a band, the three international women that make up Chicks on Speed exude a laid-back coolness during every


Cradle of Filth: Midian

The kind of quality one expects from a new Cradle of Filth record is constantly being upped with each successive release. With Midian, Dani Filth


Aluminum Group: Pelo

The Chicago pop band, Aluminum Group is changing directions again—which is OK. After all, when you’ve reached the top of the heap, you’


Thursday, October 26 2000

Je Suis France: self-titled

Don’t let the name fool you; Je Suis France are not French. They are from Athens—not Greece, but Georgia—the town that spawned


Monday, October 23 2000

Various Artists: New Beats from the Delta: The Fat Possum Hip-Hop Record

Fat Possum has branched out! Now you can get a new sound from Oxford, Mississippi: dark blues-inspired rap. On this brand new CD, Fat Possum


    Willie D: Loved By Few, Hated By Many

The eternal debate about the genre of music simplistically labeled “gangsta rap” is often over whether the musicians are merely creating accurate snapshots of inner-city


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