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Monday, August 6 2001

Juan Atkins: Legends: Volume 1

For once, the word “legend” actually applies: Juan Atkins is widely acknowledged, along with his old partners Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson and Rick Davis, as


Tuesday, July 31 2001

Ghosts and Vodka: Precious Blood

Maybe it’s because, as members of indiemo artrock bands Cap’n Jazz and Joan of Arc, Victor Villarreal and Sam Zurich got tired of


Fred Stein the Experiment: Between Lost and Found

Good evening and welcome to Lounge-A-Rama night at the luxurious Motel 6 in downtown Dayton, New Jersey. Tonight we’ll be featuring the song stylings of


Monday, July 30 2001

    Various Artists: Head Jazz

I am so not in a good head space to review this compilation right now. You see, as I write this, it’s just after


Various Artists: Brazilified

Every once in a while the music industry atones for its sins. Quango, a great world beat/dance label started in the mid-‘90s by


    Varnaline: Songs in a Northern Key

Listening to Varnaline feels like being trapped under the ice of a half-frozen lake. It’s springtime and the crystals are crackling, breaking apart, occasionally


    Tight Bros From Way Back When: Lend You a Hand

One could speculate that the state of Washington is still the place to look towards when it comes to the search for pure rock and


    Sam Phillips: Fan Dance

After a five-year hiatus, Sam Phillips returns to form with the very intimate 'Fan Dance', a quality collection of adult pop that allows her sexy voice to deliver cryptically introspective musings in a finely focused, mostly acoustic scheme..


    pete: self-titled

Keeeyrist. Haven’t I heard this before? Yes, I think I have. I will take “Songs That Remind You of That Crummy Styx Song Title ‘


    Owls: self-titled

I think I’ve said this before in an earlier piece, but I feel that it needs repeating. If you ever get into this business


    Wynton Marsalis: Popular Songs: The Best of Wynton Marsalis

First names of jazz: Louis; Charlie; Dizzy; Billie; Thelonious; Miles; Ornette; Wynton… Wynton? Popular Songs: The Best of Wynton Marsalis celebrates Wynton Marsalis’s 40th


    Peter Murphy: aLive Justforlove

Peter Murphy’s new double disc, aLive Justforlove, couldn’t have a more appropriate title. Recorded late last year at the El Rey Theatre in


    Mr. Wright: Hello Is Anyone Out There

Another release from Le Grand Magistery in the cool, stylistically abundant pop vein. Another release from Kevin Wright, whose Mr. Wright has put out two


    Lift to Experience: The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads

There is no way to begin a review of this challenging album without quoting this telling opening passage from “Just As Was Told”: ‘This is


A Girl Called Eddy: Tears All Over Town

The story behind A Girl Called Eddy’s debut EP Tears All Over Town, at least according to the press materials for it, is that


Cursive: Burst and Bloom

On “Sink to the Beat”, the first track of Cursive’s latest EP Burst and Bloom, lead singer Tim Kasher breaks down the “formula” behind


Crystal Method: Tweekend

Flashback 1997: A world fascinated with the power of computers, watching the Internet transform communications and business. In the midst of it all, computerized music is


Friday, July 27 2001

    Oval: Commers

I would think I was too old (or too dumb?) to understand “glitch” music—that squiggly, grating sub-genre of electronica composed of the shortest, sharpest


    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


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