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Monday, March 5 2001

The Riddler and Christian B.: Club Series Part Four

Although it’s called Club Series 4, a better name for this new dance music compilation might be Radio Series 4. That’s because the two DJs


Solomon Burke: King of Blues and Soul

This reissue will probably slip by unnoticed simply because it will be assumed to be yet another re-packaging of Solomon Burke’s 1960s back catalogue.


Louis Armstrong: Swing Legends: 24 Classic Hits,1936 to 1950

Though Ken Burns idolized him at the expense of other artists whom he merely treated as footnotes to some grand made up story called “Jazz”,


Aerosmith: Just Push Play

With each new Aerosmith album the debate rages as to whether The Bio-degradable Brothers, or Toxic Twins as they were famously dubbed during their years


Wednesday, February 28 2001

    Mannix: Come to California

There is a strong case to be argued that Gram Parsons and the Flying Burrito Brothers will be THE prominent influence on the innovative pop-rock


Monday, February 26 2001

Doves

don't yet think of themselves as proper English rockstars.


    Traffic: Traffic / John Barleycorn Must Die

 Traffic Last Exit(Island)US release date: 27 February 2001 (original release, January 1969 ) Traffic John Barleycorn Must Die(Island)US release date: 27 February 2001 (original release, January 1970)


    Jacky Terrasson: A Paris

It would be easy to say that Jacky Terrasson’s new record is a sort of American in Paris: French songs and immortal melodies played


    Duncan Sheik: Phantom Moon

Duncan Sheik was introduced to the world with his hit “Barely Breathing” in 1996 and in a Sarah MacLachlan world, people responded positively to his sensitive


    The Minus 5 / Young Fresh Fellows: Let The War Against Music Begin / Because We Hate You

Trust Scott McCaughey to come up with something completely different—a double album featuring in one corner, the Young Fresh Fellows (with McCaughey, Kurt Bloch,


    Los Straitjackets: ¡Damas y Caballeros!

Donning Mexican wrestling masks and conducting all on-stage banter in gringo-fied Spanish, Los Straitjackets would be easy to dismiss as a joke if they weren’


    Lords of Acid: Farstucker

Ever since their inception and the release of the single “I Sit on Acid” in 1988, the Lords of Acid have staked their claim in the


Neil Michael Hagerty: self-titled

Instead of a bowl of spilled cherries, the cover is a collage of Mr. Hagerty’s many guitar necks and a shot of him looking


Nanci Griffith: The Millennium Collection

Nanci Griffith has always existed just outside the mainstream of public recognition, performing music that isn’t quite country (even though she’s produced by


Dave Matthews Band: Everyday

“Idid it / Do you think I’ve gone too far?” Dave Matthews asks on the chorus of “I Did It”, the first single from the


Blessid Union of Souls: The Singles

With a spiritual sounding group name and an incredible ability to blend rock, funk, and soul onto one pallet, Blessid Union of Souls have a


Friday, February 23 2001

Doves

' rather alluring set of films was projected on the screen behind the stage as the foursome (the trio is touring with a keyboardist) swaggered on stage cigarettes alight.


Tuesday, February 20 2001

Sam Densmore’s Silverhawk: Flowers in June EP: Recollections of the Broken Times…

Often when a reviewer writes about how an act sounds like R.E.M. they refer solely to the harmonies and instrumentation and not to


Monday, February 19 2001

Leonard Cohen: Field Commander Cohen: Tour of 1979

In the absence of any new material, Field Commander Cohen is a welcome reminder not only of Leonard Cohen’s genius as a songwriter but also of his abilities in concert.


    The Reverend Billy C. Wirtz: The Best of the Wirtz: 15 Years on the Road with a 77-Inch Pian

If Mojo Nixon’s a little too nitro-powered for you, but you think Ray Stevens’ stuff could use the flavor that only a night trapped


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