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Wednesday, December 26, 2001

The Rainbow Children

Posted By on Wed, Dec 26, 2001 at 12:00 AM

This might be his quintessential work, the album he prayed he’d make before dying. After all, it’s a prayer that combines tonal elements of everything from “A-U-T-O-matic” to “Erotic City.” But that’s not what makes The Rainbow Children special. Put this in perspective. Remember Dirty Mind? Controversy? 1999? Do...

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Olympia 2000

Posted By on Wed, Dec 26, 2001 at 12:00 AM

This quartet date, recorded live at the Olympia in Paris last year, shows 70-year-old pianist Jamal in peak form, his tasteful gaudiness undiminished and his famously epigrammatic approach intact. Jamal has always been something of a guilty pleasure, despite the early endorsement he received from Miles Davis, who saw...

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13 Hillbilly Giants

Posted By on Wed, Dec 26, 2001 at 12:00 AM

It’s good — no, great — to hear Robbie Fulks indulging his deepest musical roots. Obviously a gifted singer, songwriter and performer, there was a period a few years back when he was caught between the siren song of the NashVegas major labels and bona fide grassroots country music...

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Wednesday, December 19, 2001

Even in Darkness

Posted By on Wed, Dec 19, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Since Outkast’s debut in the early ’90s, fans of Atlanta hip hop have taken pride in the emergence and establishment of the Dungeon Family. Each year since 1994, them boys from the ATL have introduced a new branch of the family tree to their loving public. In order by...

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Born Into Trouble as the Sparks Fly Upward

Posted By on Wed, Dec 19, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Born Into Trouble as the Sparks Fly Upward is a haunting, beautiful album. The Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestra is a side project of Efrim, Thierry and Sophie of the revolutionary Canadian group Godspeed You Black Emperor! The group’s first album, He Has Left Us Alone But Shafts of...

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The Glow Part II

Posted By on Wed, Dec 19, 2001 at 12:00 AM

While solo artists are nothing new, there seems to be a growing amount of music coming out by individuals single-handedly creating entire recordings and presenting the results as the work of a group. Rather than going the traditional route of using one’s own name, solo projects appear under invented...

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The Photo Album

Posted By on Wed, Dec 19, 2001 at 12:00 AM

For its third album, Death Cab for Cutie has finally found a suitably inventive drummer (Michael Schorr) whose added power has enabled the band to release its most sonically creative work yet. Not only are the melodies more pointed and pronounced in an early R.E.M. vein than ever before...

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Outside Looking In

Posted By on Wed, Dec 19, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Chances are somebody has already labeled this guy the Australian Blue Thunder from Down Under. For some reason that title keeps kicking around in my head as I listen to this cat. But I honestly can’t think of a much better handle to attach to somebody who attacks music...

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5:30 Saturday Morning

Posted By on Wed, Dec 19, 2001 at 12:00 AM

What’s worse than a singer who follows a mundane formula? It’s knowing that the singer could’ve done so much better. Such as it is with Lennon. Her debut album, 5:30 Saturday Morning, growls, snarls and stumbles its way through an already well-navigated musical region: grinding guitars mismatched with a...

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Lifestyles of the Laptop Café

Posted on Wed, Dec 19, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Agent OPP: We have been recording your activities. Your elusiveness is unprecedented, shrouding yourself in mystery at nearly every juncture. It is your signature, however, that leads to your true identity. It can be safely concluded that you have some association with Dopplereffekt, Drexciya, Japanese Telecom, Underground Resistance and...

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