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Monday, September 25 2000

    Lower East Side Stitches: Lower East Side

The Lower East Side—once home to the immigrants, the dreamers, and the destitute has become residence to a new legion of dot-commers, sheeshee bistros,

John Hiatt: Crossing Muddy Waters

Things couldn’t be much better for John Hiatt right now. Seen on public television weekly as the host of Sessions at West 54th Street,

Lesley Gore: The Best of Lesley Gore: 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection

While the new millennium did not start with the expected power outages and mass looting, it did bring us a number of new compilations of

Stan Getz: My Foolish Heart: Live at the Left Bank

This Getz performance, recorded May 20, 1975, presents his saxophone in quartet with Richie Beirach’s piano, Dave Holland’s bass, and Jack Dejohnette’s drums. It

Faith & Disease: Beneath the Trees

This is Faith & Disease’s sixth release, and their first on the Projekt label. The gothic genre has divided a number of ways, providing

Black Eyed Peas: Bridging the Gap

Black Eyed Peas’ debut album Behind the Front was an energetic hip-hop party thoroughly derivative of A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul, right

Anton Barbeau: 17th Century Fuzzbox Blues

Anton Barbeau is one of the best unknown pop singer-songwriters in the world, period. If this were 1970, and PopMatters was Creem, and I were Lester

Back before it was “cool” to act like you didn’t care, before there was punk rock, new wave, grunge or indie rock, bands prided

Thursday, September 21 2000

Phife Dawg: Ventilation: Da LP

A Tribe Called Quest’s breakup left three talented musicians pursing their own endeavors. As much as the media focuses on Q-Tip over the others,

Tuesday, September 19 2000

Phoenix: United

On United, the music is unoriginal and the lyrics lack substance.

Madonna: Music

And indeed, for Madonna, music, like most everything else, is always going to do something.

Björk: Selmasongs

Björk Gudmundsdottir has the ability to create music both whimsical and melancholy. Her latest release, Selmasongs illustrates this ability to an extreme. “Sometimes

Monday, September 18 2000

Pele: The Nudes

The Nudes: ones who are without dress or adornment. Music without dress: when melody is in its barest essentials, what does it become? What does

Octant: Car Alarms and Crickets

The 30-second introduction to Car Alarms and Crickets might have you fooled. Inside this barrage of samples, manipulated and spliced into something industrially eerie, lies

The New Amsterdams: Never You Mind

The ever-popular Get Up Kids play power-pop with punkish tones and a populist, crowd-pleasing bent. They rock for the people, to get the kids jumping

    Little Feat: Hotcakes and Outtakes

The greatest American rock band, if such a beast can be captured, wasn’t The Doors—Morrison’s putrid poetry hasn’t aged well, and

Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek: Reflection Eternal

Talib Kweli belongs to an ever-growing legion of young hip-hoppers who celebrate the roots of the music while melding it with neo-soul rhythms and a

Damien Jurado: Ghost of David

This is the kind of recording that Paul Simon and Neil Young used to release. You know…the kind of songs that glow like a

The Go-Betweens: The Friends of Rachel Worth

What a difference a decade makes. Or not, as the case may be, at least when it comes to a new Go-Betweens records. Last heard

EC8OR: The One and Only High and Low

EC8OR are some angry kids, that’s for sure. What they’re angry about, though, is a little harder to figure out. Like Atari

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