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Monday, August 7 2000

De La Soul: Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump

If Mosaic Thump doesn’t stand out quite as strongly as their previous albums, it’s because it’s obviously meant as the first chapter of a book, not the whole thing itself.

The Vandermark 5: Burn the Incline

Burn the Incline is the remarkable fourth album from The Vandermark 5. The V5 have struck that delicate balance of looking forward without fear of looking

Shark Quest: Man on Stilts

Ennio Morricone’s influence can be seen throughout the world of modern instrumental rock, and Shark Quest’s music is no exception. On their latest

Saint Low: self-titled

Saint Low’s self-titled debut album opens with the voice of a woman quietly singing to herself. Though the rest of the album includes textured

Mephisto Odyssey: The Deep Red Connection

There seems to be a new trend in recent electronica releases: don’t stick to Just One Thing. Shake it up, show your versatility, and

David Grubbs: The Spectrum Between

David Grubbs has been kicking up dust for more years than he would like us to remember. In an interview a few years back, Sonic

Clayton Brothers: Siblingity

Jazz travels. It moves, both in the sense of changing place, and effecting emotion. A good jazz record, it seems to me, should take you

Chicane: Behind the Sun

I can’t really call this an “album,” or a “CD,” because the only applicable term here can be “creation.” Whatever it is, it contains

Bride of No No: B.O.N.N. Apetit!

The press surrounding this first release from the Bride of No No has circulated largely around Azita, B.O.N.N.‘s vocalist and bassist,

Bozzio Levin Stevens: Situation Dangerous

You know the moments in a rock song where the singer stops singing (and leaves the mike, wrung-out), and the band goes into an extended

Bernard Allison: Across the Water

Back in the late ‘70s, suffering from overexposure to flashing lights and revolving mirrored balls at those new discotheques, some influential music critics banded together

Sunday, August 6 2000

Coldplay: Parachutes

Alan McGee’s (former Creation Records honcho and Oasis star maker) protestations notwithstanding, Coldplay is not merely a bunch of art school wannabes. Several times

Thursday, August 3 2000

Cadillac Blindside: Read the Book, Seen the Movie

Read the Book, Seen the Movie is the debut offering from the Minneapolis outfit, Cadillac Blindside. Pulse Magazine defined the band’s sound as “blistering

Monday, July 31 2000

Various Artists: Hot Rod Magazine—Doo Wop Heaven

It’s interesting that a doo wop album with a Hot Rod Magazine cover doesn’t feature any songs from The Cadillacs or The El

King Biscuit Time: No Style

This is the second release from Beta Band vocalist Stephen Mason under the King Biscuit Time moniker. And just in case you missed his first

Sandy Denny: No More Sad Refrains: The Anthology

On last night’s episode of Young Americans on the WB, two blonde young people discussed their troubled relationship. One of them was under a

DJ Heather: Tangerine

Before I start talking about Tangerine itself, let me take a moment to expound on how difficult it is to review a mix CD by

The Barnyard Playboys: Dumbass on a Rampage

If The Beastie Boys were redneck, white-trash truck-driving wannabes instead of New York Upper West Side Jewish kids who wanted to be fly, rap/punks

Elvin Bishop & Little Smokey Smothers: That’s My Partner!

I’m under the influence of that time capsule again. Here is a quick history that happens to be a true story. Elvin Bishop was

Saturday, July 29 2000

Brian Wilson

, the enigmatic leader of The Beach Boys, one of the great pop composers of this century.

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