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Saturday, December 31 1994

Various Artists: Dr. Demento’s 30th Anniversary Collection:  Dementia 2000!

Novelty music is extremely polarizing-you either love it, or you hate it. Dr. Demento has been collecting and publishing various novelty ditties for 30 years now


    Various Artists: Inhale 420: The Stoner Rock Compilation

Here comes death. This is a real bumper crop of heavy doom metal. This compilation is some kind of bongazilla harvest of sludge heavy on


    Various Artists: Jazz on the Latin Side

Perhaps the most surprising musical trend of the past decade, signs of the growing influence of a thriving population finally gaining some semblance of mainstream


Various Artists: World Playground

Putumayo issues nice, safe World Music that you hear about first on National Public Radio, a neoconservative endorsement that doesn’t necessarily mean that you


Various Artists: Free the West Memphis Three

The power of music is amazing. Sometimes it can bring you to such a wonderful and beautiful place. It’s a time machine, for when


Various Artists, The Rolling Stone Women In Rock Collection

A three disc set that illustrates women’s contributions to rock, the Rolling Stone collection begins with the blues of Big Mama Thornton and ends


    Various Artists: Solesides’ Greatest Bumps

It has become annoyingly popular among critics to laud hip-hop albums because they are “old school” and don’t contain references to pimpin’ hos, killin’


Various Artists: Classic Ballads of Britain and Ireland

Most of us have never sat down and listened to storytelling ballads. They are not a popular style of music nowadays, to say the least.


Various Artists: Fox Sports Presents Game Time!

Based on how successfully this thump’n'lurch collection of jock-doofus standards (the CD is subtitled “19 of your favorite stadium pumping, crowd rocking hits” to which


    Various Artists: Not the Same Old Blues Crap II

With the death last June of John Lee Hooker, American blues lost one of its few remaining geniuses from the generation of World War II-era


Various Artists, The Look Of Love: The Burt Bacharach Collection

You’ve heard dozens of Bacharach songs and may not even know it. From the 1950s to the present, Bacharach has written scores of standards


Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Irish Folk

If you don’t know what Irish music is, then this is a good place to start. Bringing everything from jigs to unaccompanied vocal solos


    Various Artists: The Unbound Project Volume One

If you are beginning to feel that the social commentary side of hip-hop has either disappeared or degenerated into bankable cliche, then this remarkable collection


Various Artists: Puerto Rico

Bomba, Plena, Salsa, and Son from the Island of Enchantment However unlikely it might have seemed, the music of the Spanish Caribbean has found its


Various Artists: Klubb Jazz 3

Slip and Slide’s Jazz in the House series was crucial for the development of a home listening market for what is now a sizeable


Various Artists, Old School vs. New School

Cool concept, no doubt about it. Shrewdly recognizing the parallels between early hip-hop and the recent dance underground, Jive has formed a new imprint dedicated


Various Artists: Hollywood Swing & Jazz

This is going to seem like I’m going way off on a tangent, but trust me. In 1989 the DJ dance duo Coldcut released a


Zen Guerrilla: Shadows on the Sun

As Sub Pop labelmates Vue take their cues from ‘60s garage rock, Zen Guerrilla cut their own sharp channel into the well eroded riverbed of


Frank Zappa, Son of Cheap Thrills

With somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 original Zappa albums, you simply have to wonder if Rykodisc will ever need to find another artist to keep


    Zeni Geva: 10,000 Light Years

Zeni Geva’s music sounds like outtakes from the soundtrack to The Matrix. It would be good for some two-minute hyped-up action scene, but do


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