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Friday, July 27 2001

    Les Petits Sous: The John Hughes Project (Le Projet de John Hughes)

Okay, there’s something I’ve been wanting to get off my chest for two or three reviews now. It applies to Les Petits Sous,

Thursday, July 26 2001

Ed Cherry: The Spirits Speak

Another month, another quality release from Canada’s adventurous but always listener-friendly label Justin Time. The Spirits Speak should stroll its way up a lot

Bilal: 1st Born Second

 One way to comprehend Miles is to view him not simply as an isolated mad genius but also a product of a distinctive aspect

John Benítez Trio: Descarga in New York

A short preamble—if you will forgive me. This album was produced self-consciously as a celebration of the multicultural encounters made possible by New York.

Wednesday, July 25 2001

    New Town Animals: Is Your Radio Active?

There’s not really a whole lot left to say about punk music. It’s a genre that’s been played out to its limited

Blue Oyster Cult: Agents of Fortune / Tyranny and Mutation

AAmerican hard rock/heavy metal is and has always been a rather sad beast. The best we could really ever muster was Aerosmith, whose recycled

Monday, July 23 2001

    Various Artists: The Silence in My Heart: The Emo Diaries? Chapter 6

Ah, emo. Has there been any other musical genre that has inspired so much love, ire, apathy, and agony in the last five years? Has

    ‘N Sync: Celebrity

Dirty Pop . . . ‘N Sync . . . yo . . . BT . . .Sick and tired of hearin’ all these people talk aboutWhat’s the deal with this pop lifeand when is

    Eddie Money: The Best of Eddie Money

Not so long ago, yours truly was part of a comedy troupe known as The Last Known Foto Group. We had an Internet radio show

    Maple Mars: Welcome to Maple Mars

If any of you were to look at my reviews over the past year or so, you might notice that I have acquired a slowly

    Jimmy Eat World: Bleed American

I used to be in a band. We were alright, as rock bands go, but there always seemed to be something not quite “there”, especially

Neil Diamond: Three Chord Opera

Say what you will about Neil Diamond—he knows how to work the media. The release of Three Chord Opera was aided by a marketing

DJ Assault: Jefferson Avenue

Sex and Techno, in the UK at least, are hardly two words that share much in common. Ever since Derrick May went all intellectual on

Jimmy Cozier: self-titled

After hearing the opening lines of Jimmy Cozier’s debut single “She’s All I Got” it is clear that the singer/songwriter is singing

Cake: Comfort Eagle

There is a school of thought that thinks predictability is the same as creative impotence, that if you can’t renew your sound every few

Butterfly Jones: Napalm Springs

Some say if you wait long enough, then everything old is new again. I say, when something as good as Napalm Springs updates several decades’

Monday, July 16 2001

    Various Artists: I Want My 80’s Box!

Preamble: I love ‘80s pop. Not because I’m being clever or ironic, but because I really love it and think the early-to-mid-‘80s is

    The Workin’ Stiffs: Dog Tired . . . And Then Some

Firstly, I have some notes about this album that I wrote on a bubblegum wrapper. Hold on a sec. OK, here we go. Now let

    Three 4 Tens: Change Is on Its Way

With an album title like Change Is on Its Way, Three 4 Tens take a surprisingly retro approach to their music. Reflecting and reveling in the

    The Starting Line: With Hopes of Starting Over . . .

Perhaps I should preface this review by thanking those of you who take the time to read the pieces here and then write in with

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