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Monday, October 22 2001

Be: Thistupidream

Thistupidream is an album teetering on perfection. Its ten tracks threaten to transform themselves into a musical epic at nearly every turn thanks to the


Bush: Golden State

Golden State, the new release from alternative-rock mainstay Bush, is finally here, but is it any good? Bush continues on the road that began with


The Beanweevils: self-titled

The Beanweevils is without a doubt the most repugnant release of the year. Period. I hasten to even write a full-length review for this group


Don Byron: You Are #6

Don Byron is the most ambitious jazz artist in the United States of America. He wants it all, and he wants it bad. In 10 years,


The Appleseed Cast: Low Level Owl Volume II

Now that we’re here at Volume II of the Appleseed Cast’s epic project Low Level Owl, let’s take a few minutes to


The Allman Brothers Band: The Road Goes on Forever: A Collection of Their Greatest Recordings [Expa

“The vision was anti-industrial, anti-mechanical. It was mystical, just out of reach: a private self-revelation. It was the myth of the South, recast for a


Sunday, October 21 2001

Various Artists: Hallelujah

Gospel has been part of dance music for a long time of course, though never so explicitly as in this current manifestation.


The Dismemberment Plan: Change

Two years ago The Dismemberment Plan were independent rock’s Next Big Thing. After being dropped by Interscope, they released Emergency and I on DeSoto—


Aphex Twin: Drukqs

We were all on the edge of our seats back in the day, when Richard James' tunes were an explosive mixture of ray guns, mouth harps, and ping-pong balls. On 'Drukqs' he just opens up his box and draws out the same dusty old props.


Friday, October 19 2001

DJ Shadow

Party Politics: Musical Culture is Safe With DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist and Friends Though the thorough body search at the entrance to Hollywood’s Knitting


Thursday, October 18 2001

Low

Low, Obscured by Crowds In the wake of recent events here in New York City—and elsewhere, it goes without saying—the idea of an


Focus (2001)

William H. Macy plays Larry like a length of coaxial cable in a bowtie and a cardigan.


Wednesday, October 17 2001

The Breeders

The Breeders Give Birth to a Good Time“Hey, nothing’s in my heartI’d rather be cool than be smartHey, what I’m thinking


Basement Jaxx

Basement Jaxx have surely obtained a convert. I’ve never been a fan of electronica, but after the Basement Jaxx show, I have been struck


Monday, October 15 2001

    Michael Wolff & Impure Thoughts: Intoxicate

Pianist Michael Wolff’s previous album, the first with his band Impure Thoughts (and which also bore that name) was one of the finest records


    The Velvet Underground: Bootleg Series Volume 1: The Quine Tapes

You can’t discuss punk music and not talk about The Velvet Underground and their great legacy that continues to inspire musicians from all walks


    Triangle: self-titled

The word triangle evokes high-school geometry and that instrument you were handed to play at the right moment in elementary school music class, and, in


Saturnine: Pleasure of Ruins

What if, long ago, Robert Smith of the Cure and Michael Stipe of R.E.M. had decided to write some songs and form a


Steve Reich: Triple Quartet

Steve Reich’s compositional genius and influence over contemporary music—especially over recent developments in electronic music—have established him as a living legend. Perfecting


    New Order: Get Ready

On 'Get Ready', New Order create a new sound out of their own past. Mining the subtleties of melody and rhythm that were so pronounced throughout their career, New Order seem to have crafted themselves anew out of nostalgia and the timelessness of pop sensibility.


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