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Monday, September 4 2000

Bettie Serveert: Private Suit

This CD is the latest from one of the coolest bands in the world, hailing from the coolest country in the world, released on the

The Black Heart Procession: Three

The closest I ever got to walking the edge of a horrible drunken loneliness was from listening to the Nick Cave song “I Let Love

Wednesday, August 30 2000

Hanin Elias: In Flames (1995-1999)

It comes as no real surprise to learn, from Hanin Elias, that the Digital Hardcore Recordings stable is—like so many previous organizations espousing radical

Monday, August 28 2000

The Sunshine Fix: The Future History of the Sunshine Fix

On their debut EP, The Sunshine Fix experiments with modern psychedelic sounds. With a carefree attitude that does not undermine the cleverness of their music,

Nada Surf: The Proximity Effect

So, I’m stranded on a desert island. No, worse: I’m stranded in nothing town in AnyState, where a McDonald’s, a WalMart, and

The Jealous Sound: The Jealous Sound EP

If I had a nickel for every press release I’ve read that referred to their up and coming artist as “the talk of the

The Jimmy Nations Combo: Tarheel Boogie

Tarheel Boogie? That sounds like a provocative title. Let’s see, Tar Heel music legends…Doc Watson…John Coltrane…Nappy Brown…Kay Kaiser…Earl Scruggs…

Imbroco: Are You My Lionkiller?

The whole emo scene seems to sprout supergroups quicker than you can say “Traveling Wilburys”—everybody who’s in one band has already been in

Sarah Harmer: You Were Here

Sincerity can go a long way for a musician, especially in these days of pre-packaged pop. It’s doubtful that ‘N Sync means every word

Caviar: self-titled

From the outset, everything about Caviar screams potential. The sexy design of the album liner notes. The indulgence that oozes from a band named like “

The Churchills: You Are Here

The Churchills’ You Are Here is solid evidence that not all albums can be judged by the first few tracks. Tradition dictates that an unknown

Sunday, August 27 2000

Various Artists: Holiday Matinee Volume II

In the liner notes of Holiday Matinee Volume II producer David J. Brown wrote about the founding of his record label, Better Looking Records. “A

Monday, August 21 2000

Various Artists: Reggae Over Africa

In the United States, reggae and the rasta lifestyle have become trendy. White teenagers grow fat dreads, wear Bob Marley tie-dyed shirts and jam on

Zebrahead: Playmate of the Year

The band hired several Playboy models to appear within the context of their CD booklet—a photo shoot that the all male group made sure

Riptones: Buckshot

Elvis may have been King, but his guitar player, Scotty Moore, was a major contributor to the kingdom. The “sound” of those classic Elvis singles

Maria McKee: Ultimate Collection

A waif-ish pixie with a tornado-sized voice, Maria McKee burst onto the international stage in 1985 with her band Lone Justice. You’re forgiven if you

Lolita Storm: G-F-S-U

On G-F-S-U (Girls Fucking Shit Up), Lolita Storm proves beyond any reasonable doubt that Brighton rocks, albeit with a little help from Berlin—in the

Chris Knox: Beat

From his native Invercargill, New Zealand (described by that noted travel writer, Keith Richards, as “the asshole of the world”), to France (where he was

Elastica: The Menace

Elastica, the pop-punk band that became a poster child for Britpop in America back in 1995, has been best known of late for their disappearing act.

Ian Dury and the Blockheads: All the Best, Mate: Live

In 1977 I was 14 when my much older brother returned from law school in San Francisco. I have always said that he was responsible for my

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