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Tuesday, April 23 2002

The Bottle Rockets: Songs of Sahm

“No LSD, just rocking Texas music, the best stuff in the land”—Doug Sahm, “Floatway” To really enjoy Songs of Sahm, you have to forget

Beautiful Creatures: self-titled

Once upon a time, in an era when hairspray, spandex and limited musical ability were the pre-requisites to getting a record deal in L.A.,

Monday, April 22 2002

Various Artists: You Don’t Need Darkness to Do What You Think Is Right

Compilation albums are inevitably hit-and-miss affairs. We’ve all had the experience of programming our CD players to construct a playlist highlighting the standout tracks

Otis Taylor: Respect the Dead

The eerie command to Respect the Dead spelled out in blackmailer’s lettering advises the prospective listener that this record will be a challenge. Otis

Rush: Chronicles: The DVD Collection

What’s in a name, indeed? Probably no rock band has lived up its name quite like Rush. And probably no song captures the amusement

Parallax Project: Oblivious

Way back in 1999, Cherry Twister’s brand of breezy power-pop was a big hit with critics and listeners alike. Now that their highly melodic pop

Pedro the Lion: Control

By now, issues of Dave Bazan’s faith should really be beyond discussion—yeah, he’s a Christian. Yeah, sometimes he sings about it. However,

Ramsey Lewis: The Best of Ramsey Lewis

The Ramsey Lewis trio always included a light song in their repertoire that could hook a crowd of largely non-jazz listeners, including a jazz version

Black Eyed Dog: Distance Inbetween

Black Eyed Dog hail from Asheville, North Carolina and have a sound that has “been described as somewhere between the pop savvy of Big Star

Sunday, April 21 2002

Uncle Tupelo: Uncle Tupelo 89/93:  Anthology

The story of Uncle Tupelo is, well, legendary. In the mid-1980s, high school friends Jay Farrar (guitar), Jeff Tweedy (bass), and Mike Heidorn (drums)

Josh Clayton-Felt: Spirit Touches Ground

Were it not for the dedication of fans, musicians, and a few brave souls at Dreamworks Records, you would never have had the chance to

Candy Butchers: Play with Your Head

What's missing in so much of modern music is the type of craftsmanship that Mike Viola (who in essence IS the Candy Butchers) brings to his songwriting.

Thursday, April 18 2002

Cassandra Wilson: Belly of the Sun

When the word got out late last year that Cassandra Wilson was recording a blues album in an abandoned train station in Clarksdale, Mississippi, expectations

Pamela Williams: Evolution

What is in many ways an absolutely run of the mill smooth jazz offering is generating great interest within the UK soul fraternity. This is

Varnaline: self-titled

The latest Varnaline record, Songs in a Northern Key, has gotten a lot of positive press, and for good reason -– it’s a damn

Ed Harcourt: Here Be Monsters

He’s 23 years old, he’s a multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter, he seems like a good person and has lots of quirky quotes, and this, his

Louise Goffin: Sometimes a Circle

It can’t be easy trying to establish yourself as a singer/songwriter when you’re a child of a well-known musician, let alone two

Glide: Disappear Here

August 20, 1999 probably doesn’t strike you as a particularly dark day in the history of pop music. However, there’s a damn good reason that

François K: Deep and Sexy

Not many artists survived disco’s crash and burn, but DJ/producer François Kevorkian (or François K as he now likes to be

Deryl Dodd: Pearl Snaps

It's 1992, and a relatively unknown Martina McBride has gone from selling T-shirts to opening for the very well known Garth Brooks. For part of her road band, McBride chooses a good-looking Texan who's been in Nashville for about six months.

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