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Monday, October 1 2001

DJ Irene: Global Housediva 2:  Live in Ibiza

This ain’t no ear candy. The pump, the bump, the funky, freaky beats are going to get you, whether you like it or not.


Call and Response: self-titled

Even if you're a die-hard Slipknot fan and you can't stand anything with keyboards or women, you'll have to admit that Call and Response make flawless pop.


Sunday, September 30 2001

Béla Fleck: Perpetual Motion

Perpetual Motion is Fleck’s latest project, a daring foray into Baroque, Classical and Romantic art music.


Thursday, September 27 2001

Godspeed You Black Emperor!

Needless to say, these are serious times. There is little place for irony. There is even less place for facile rock and roll rebellion. Enter


Tess Wiley: Rainy Day Assembly

Tess Wiley began her music career in earnest seven years ago as a member of Sixpence None the Richer. Not to be confused with tow-headed


Now It’s Overhead: self-titled

Enough of this Indian summer, I need winter now. Not because of a masochistic obsession with extreme snow sports or a romantic notion about hot


Wednesday, September 26 2001

Keb’ Mo’

With his 1994 eponymous debut, Keb’ Mo’, the Los Angeles-native also known as Kevin Moore let loose with an album full of solid songwriting and extraordinary


Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson & Sigur Rós: Angels of the Universe

Sigur Rós fans take note: although the Icelandic art-rockers get prominent billing on this film soundtrack, they contribute only two songs. The bulk of


Wayne Escoffery: Times Change

In the awkward divide that has built up between the Burns-Crouch-Marsalis camp and the anti-Burnsites in the past year, any young artist who shows anything


Dear John Letters: Rewriting the Wrongs

Okay, right off the bat, let’s acknowledge the Paul McCartney influence here. Matt Nichols of KEXP radio in Seattle said of Rewriting the Wrongs


Tuesday, September 25 2001

    The Strokes: Is This It

The Strokes have a great sound, and the album is lots of fun. But they are not the saviors of rock 'n' roll, nor are they even remotely cool.


Monday, September 24 2001

The Waterboys

The Big Music is back. Now Mike Scott calls it “sonic rock” (there is no flesh-and-blood saxophonist these days) as he has come full circle


    Various Artists: @ Home: @ Sunrise / @ Home: @ Sunset

With enough chill-out compilations out there to fill a giant-sized bargain bin, it’s going to take a really good album to impress me. As


Various Artists: Timeless: Hank Williams Tribute

The range of subjects of tribute albums is vast: everyone from the Beatles to Elvis, Cole Porter to Leonard Cohen, Suzanne Vega to Black Sabbath,


Woven: EPrime

Woven is probably an appropriate name for this band. It does, indeed, weave together a few different styles of music to create something that is


    Loudon Wainwright III: Last Man on Earth

Whether being hailed as the “new Bob Dylan” (early in his career) or better known (now) as the father of Rufus Wainwright, singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright


Will.i.am: Lost Change

BBE have chosen this year, not one that will be remembered for its hip-hop classics, to launch their would-be-definitive Beatmasters series. BBE collections carry a


The Verve Pipe: Underneath

The Verve Pipe, though, seem to be made of sterner stuff. Teaming with producer Adam Schlesinger (of Fountains of Wayne), the group has effectively reinvented/


Suzanne Vega: Songs in Red and Gray

Unlike Suzanne Vega’s previous albums, Songs in Red and Gray comes with a lot of public baggage. Since 1996’s wonderful Nine Objects of Desire,


Transient: The Conceptual World Is Losing Its Grip

A common misconception about electronic based music is that if it isn’t being played in a dance club with a couple hundred sweaty bodies


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