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Monday, July 16 2001

Groovenics: self-titled

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Edith Frost: Wonder Wonder

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The Actual Tigers: Gravelled and Green

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Wednesday, July 11 2001

    Milagro Saints: Midnight America

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Shinju Gumi: Mixing a Ghost

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Ashley Park: The American Scene

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Tuesday, July 10 2001

    The Del McCoury Band: Del and the Boys

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Prefuse 73: Vocal Studies + Uprock Narratives

Here is what Scott Herren, aka Prefuse 73, says about rappers: “I like to use MCs as another layer of music. You don’t have to get the heavy load of what an MC’s saying that might piss you off, some sort of bullshit you don’t wanna hear about.”


Monday, July 9 2001

    Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Americana

Not only is the question of 'What 'is' Americana?' open to debate, but so is the very 'Americana' label itself. After all, the genre has a variety of colorful monikers: 'Insurgent Country', 'No Depression', 'Cowpunk', and 'Alternative Country' -- probably the most well known -- to name a few.


    Walker Kong: There Goes the Sun

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    Thunderball: Scorpio Rising

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    Spacer: The Beamer

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    Squarepusher: Go Plastic

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    The Rondelles: Shined Nickels and Loose Change

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    Kelly Joe Phelps: Sky Like a Broken Clock

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    Anna Lauvergnac: self-titled

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Ivy: Long Distance

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The Hermit: Flying Out of Solitude

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David Gray: A Century Ends / The EPs 92-94 / Flesh

I can't imagine what made David Gray change his style. Perhaps there was some personal tragedy or triumph. Maybe it was the frustration of trying to break through, or maybe it was an electrical life-changing charge that went through him on hearing some new piece of music. Whatever it was, Gray stands poised to make some quality, affecting pop in the years to come.


The Gourds: Shinebox

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