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Monday, October 30 2000

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


Emiliana Torrini: Love in the Time of Science

Don’t mistake 23-year-old Emiliana Torrini for Björk. They may both share Icelandic accents and a love for ambient electronic sounds, but Torrini deserves


    Medeski Martin and Wood: The Dropper

Someone here is on something, and let me tell you, the Drug Czar is gonna have a hard time of it if acid-droppin’, joint-smokin’, ecstasy-takin’


J. Mascis and the Fog: More Light

J. Mascis has always come across as an eccentric introvert who spends most of his time sitting around and watching TV. In an interview years


    The Kinks: Come Dancing: The Best of The Kinks 1977-1986

The Kinks have survived 35-plus years in the music business not just because they are talented, but because they are versatile. While few could have


Nelly Furtado: Whoa, Nelly!

Nelly Furtado is a 21-year-old first generation Canadian, the daughter of Portuguese parents, and sings in English, Portuguese, and Hindi, which goes a long way


Dice Raw: Reclaiming the Dead

On the Roots’ classic LP Things Fall Apart (by far my favorite album of 1999), Black Thought had the line, “You need to buy the CD


Death Cab For Cutie: Forbidden Love EP

There’s a certain miniature quality to the name Death Cab For Cutie, like the music might just collapse in a giggle fit before it


A3: La Peste

Familiar to millions as the band behind “Woke Up This Morning”, the theme song from The Sopranos, A3 returns with a follow-up to 1997’s Exile


Sunday, October 22 2000

Deltron 3030: self-titled

With an album like Deltron 3030, I realize it is best that I state my biases up front. So here goes, I’m crazy about everything


Wednesday, October 18 2000

Eminem: The Marshall Mathers LP

No one is saying that Eminem’s vile language or violent imagery typifies the white race or even the young urban white male. In part this is a function of his own acerbic self-censure, which allows him a comedic, almost Woody-Allen-style cut-and-run


Tuesday, October 17 2000

Manic Street Preachers: This is My Truth Tell Me Yours

Weathering the disappearance of original primary lyricist Richey Edwards, the band has not only thrived, but also grown in new directions.


    Jean Caffeine: Idée Fixe

With her guitar-based introspective songs, Jean Caffeine’s Idée Fixe gives the constant impression that you’ve heard this done better by other musicians.


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