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Saturday, December 31 1994

Chappaquiddick Skyline: self titled

Joe Pernice’s latest release, Chappaquiddick Sideline is a blue recording. Literally, as he croons on the opening track, “I hate my life…,” I feel

Alex Chilton: Set

Let me get this off my chest immediately: I worship Big Star. I mean I worship at the altar of everything they did. Alex was

Cherry Poppin’ Daddies: Soul Candy

Swing isn’t king anymore, at least in the mainstream music industry, and the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies seem to realize and accept that. These pioneers

Meg Lee Chin: Piece and Love

On her debut solo album, Meg Lee Chin, frontwoman for the anarchic industrial band Pigface, demonstrates just how fierce her intelligence can be. Produced by

Johnny Cash: American III: Solitary Man

Between 1997 and 1999, the press periodically reported that Johnny Cash was mortally ill. American III: Solitary Man suggests, however, that rumors of his impending death may

Norman Connors: Eternity

Having produced two albums for Motown’s now defunct MoJazz imprint, the man who has showcased many a would-star vocalist returns with his first set

Holly Cole: The Best of Holly Cole

Specializing in jazzy versions of pop tunes, both modern and vintage, singer Holly Cole became one of Canada’s best-known alterna-pop stylists in the early 199

Chitlin’ Fooks: self-titled

When I’m crying over my beer, I don’t dig irony, or formal thievery, or a sledgehammer that says “No Depression”. I like authenticity,

The Cult: Best of Rare Cult

The Cult were always something of a musical juxtaposition—Ian Astbury’s unique doom-laden vocals combined with Billy Duffy’s melodic and punchy axework to

The Candyskins, Death Of A Minor TV Celebrity

As one of the original 90s Britpop bands, The Candyskins got lost in the rush of Oasis and Blur mania in the U.K. and

Nikka Costa: Everybody Got Their Something

Sometimes an album comes along that you would never have expected to move you. Maybe the colors on the cover are too funky, the album

Corrosion of Conformity: America’s Volume Dealer

Seventh grade was perhaps the peak of my adolescence; a year filled with mushroom haircuts, tied-dyed Ren & Stimpy T-shirts, and moldy copies of ‘70s-era

Combustible Edison, The Impossible World

Following the release of 1996’s Schizophonic!, Combustible Edison took a break to write new material and experiment with new sounds, the ultimate goal being to

The Capitol Years: Meet Yr Acres

If I was the kind of shallow bastard that many record fans might claim to think I am, then I’d dismiss The Capitol Years’

Marilyn Crispell / Gary Peacock / Paul Motian: Amaryllis

Listen to a few snippets of piano jazz, and it might be difficult to tell if the performance is that of a composed song or

The Cherry Orchard: This World Is Such a Groovy Place

The title This World Is Such a Groovy Place might sound like it should accompany the sort of ultra-cheesy, unnaturally upbeat music that makes you

Campag Velocet: Bon Chic Bon Genre

For those whose grade school learnings have long been lost in a haze of smoke, the age old French mantra Bon Chic Bon Genre translates

Cephas & Wiggins: From Richmond to Atlanta

Maybe the album’s title has a fair bit to do with it, but the scene that From Richmond to Atlanta brings to mind is

Cocteau Twins: BBC Sessions

The Cocteau Twins were the original dream pop masters; the shoegazers that emerged from a punk-dominated era that was none too subtle and certainly not

The Chamber Strings, Gospel Morning

Chances are, you’ve never heard of Kevin Junior. But he’s a vital figure in indie pop, following stints in the Rosehips and three

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