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NEW REVIEWS ADDED TO THE ARCHIVES:
[March 15, 2000]


Louis Prima - The Capitol Collector's Series
Well, you gotta/Jump n' jive n'/Then you wail


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A-B | C | D | E | F | G | H-I | J | K | L | M | N-O | P-Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | XYZ

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Air - Moon Safari
Sexy boy/Cíest líhomme ideal charme au masculin

Beastie Boys - PAUL'S BOUTIQUE
Step step to the rhythm/Step to the rhyme/I got an open mind/So why donít you all get inside

Belle & Sebastian - IF YOU'RE FEELING SINISTER
When sheís on her back/She had the knowledge/To get her into college

Bjork - HOMOGENIC
Iím a path of cinders (my love)/Burning under your feet/You're the one who walks me (me love)/I'm your one-way street

Black Flag - DAMAGED
It feels good to say what I want/It feels good to knock things down

Black Star - MOS DEF AND TALIB KWELI ARE BLACK STAR
Black like the cheeks that are roadways for tears/That leave black faces well-traveled with years

Billy Bragg & Wilco - MERMAID AVENUE
Way over yonder in the minor key/There ainít nobody who can sing like me

Bonnie "Prince" Billy - I SEE A DARKNESS
Today was another day full of dread/But I never said I was afraid/For dread and fear should not be confused/By dread Iím inspired, by fear Iím amused

The Brian Jonestown Massacre - TAKE IT FROM THE MAN!
I gave you my body/I gave you my soul/Fuck everything else/Letís rock and roll

Buena Vista Social Club - BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB
Se me sale la babita/El carino que te tengo/Yo no lo puedo negar/Se me sala la babita/Yo no lo puedo evitar

Built to Spill - THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH LOVE
You get the car/Iíll get the night off/Youíll get the chance to take the world apart/And figure out how it works/Donít let me know what you find out

R. L. Burnside - A ASS POCKET OF WHISKEY
I got a ass pocket oí whiskey and a front pocket oí gin/If you donít open this door, Iím-a kick the motherfucker in


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Can - TAGO MAGO
[Iíd love to include a quote, but I have no idea what the hell Damo Suzuki is talking about. His sensual blend of English, German and barbaric yawps defies transcription.]

Captain Beefheart - TROUT MASK REPLICA
A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag/Is fast and bulbous, got me?

Ray Charles - THE BIRTH OF SOUL
Now baby when you sigh/I want to sigh with you/When you cry/I want to cry some too/Now ainít that love/That I feel in my heart for you

Noam Chomsky - PROPAGANDA AND CONTROL OF THE PUBLIC MIND
"The war against working people should be understood to be a real war. Itís not a new war. Itís an old war. Furthermore, itís a perfectly conscious war."

The Clash - LONDON CALLING
When they kick out your front door/How you gonna come?/With your hands on your head?/Or on the trigger of your gun?

John Coltrane - A LOVE SUPREME
[A four-part hymn of tense, terrible beauty]

Elvis Costello & The Attractions - LIVE AT THE EL MOCAMBO
The radio is in the hands of such a lot of fools/Tryiní to anesthetize the way that you feel

Creedence Clearwater Revival - WILLY AND THE POOR BOYS
Whoíll work the fields with his hands? Whoíll put his back to the plow? Donít look now, it ainít you or me/Donít look now, someoneís done your starving/Donít look now, someoneís done your praying, too

Vinicius Cantuaria - TUCUMA
[Seductive, subversive bossa-nova that feeds your mind and libido]


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Olu Dara - IN THE WORLD: FROM NATCHEZ TO NEW YORK
Zora/Write me a letter, child/Write me something/Tell me where my baby sugar is

Desmond Dekker - ROCKIN' STEADY: THE BEST OF DESMOND DEKKER
Them-a loot/Them-a shoot/Them-a wail/At Shanty Town

Dismemberment Plan - EMERGENCY & I
Thereís a kind of music that reminds me of you/itís all clear expensive drinks and shiny shirts/and the click of heels as they descend from the taxi/like the first foot on the moon

DJ Shadow - ENTRODUCING...
Iím a student of the drums/And Iím also a teacher of the drums too

Bob Dylan and The Band - THE BASEMENT TAPES
Too much of nothing/Can make a man a liar/It can cause some men to sleep on nails/It can cause others to eat fire


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Brian Eno - ANOTHER GREEN WORLD
Brown eyes and I were tired/We had walked and we scrambled/Through the moors and through the briars/Through the endless blue meanders/In the blue August moon/In the cool August moon

EPMD - STRICTLY BUSINESS
Total chaos/The mass confusion/Rhymes so hypnotizing/Known to cause an illusion

Eric B & Rakim - PAID IN FULL
I start to think/And then I sink into the paper/Like I was ink/When Iím writing Iím trapped in between the line/I escape/When I finish the rhyme


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The Fall - THIS NATION'S SAVING GRACE
All those who mind and title themselves/And whose main and title is themselves/Shall feel the wrath/Of my bombast

The Feelies - CRAZY RHYTHMS
The boy next door is into better things/As far as I can see/The boy next door is into bigger things/The boy next door is me

Aretha Franklin - AMAZING GRACE
Now let us all/Go back to the old landmark/Well let us all/Go back to the old landmark/Where weíll stay in the service of the Lord

Fugazi - REPEATER
When we have nothing left to give/Thereíll be no reason left to live/When we have nothing left to lose/You will have nothing left to use/We owe you nothing/You have no control

Funkadelic - MAGGOT BRAIN
I have tasted the maggots in the mind of the universe/and I was not offended

Funkadelic - ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE
Weíre in a state of mental diarrhea/Talkiní shit a mile a minute/Or in a state of constipated notions/The Promentalshitbackwashpsychosisenemasquad


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G. Love and Special Sauce - G. LOVE AND SPECIAL SAUCE
Me and my band we all must agree/We like to get busy with the sounds of the old time

Galaxie 500 - TODAY
Baby my headís full of wishes/Baby my headís full of pictures/Baby my headís full of colors/Baby my headís full of pictures of you

Gang of Four - ENTERTAINMENT!
Watch new blood on the 18-inch screen/The corpse is a new personality/Guerilla war struggle is a new entertainment

Gastr Del Sol - CAMOUFLEUR
September reverses and the equinoxes flip/Winter slides into fall/The seasons reverse/They reshuffle when you touch down after long intervals

Grant Green - ALIVE!
[Crisp, funky solos from a killer jazz guitarist]

Guns n' Roses - APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION
Welcome to the jungle/We got fun and games


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Mississippi John Hurt - WORRIED BLUES 1963
Donít your home look lonesome when your baby pack up and leave/Donít the sun look lonesome shining down through the trees

Husker Du - FLIP YOUR WIG
I donít know why you want to tell me/When Iím right or when Iím wrong/Itís the same thing, in your mind/The only time Iím right is when I play along


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The J.B.'s - FUNKY GOOD TIME: THE ANTHOLOGY
You know, we speak of love and happiness/To me, happiness is: Fred Wesley playin his horn

Jane's Addiction - RITUAL DE LO HABITUAL
There ainít no wrong, now/Ainít no right/Thereís only pleasure and pain

June of 44 - FOUR GREAT POINTS
This is the greatest place on earth/Interstated North and South/How did we get here/We must leave/Information and belief


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Albert King - KING OF THE BLUES GUITAR
Born under a bad sign/Iíve been down since I began to crawl/If it wasnít for bad luck/I wouldnít have no luck at all

The Kinks - MUSWELL HILLBILLIES
This is the age of machinery/A mechanical nightmare/The wonderful world of technology/Napalm hydrogen bombs biological warfare/Iím a paranoid schizoid product of the 20th century

The Klezmatics - RHYTHM & JEWS
Farkoyfn di sapozhkelakh/In furn af di drozhkelakh/Abi mit dir in eynem tsi zan

Kraftwerk - TRANS-EUROPE EXPRESS
Life is timeless/Hearts hotels and palaces/Promenades and avenues/Real life and postcards views/Europe endless


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Laika - SOUNDS OF THE SATELLITES
Iím not talking anymore/All the skin of the words fell off in my hands/Lose track of days, whiling away/I donít have the strength to get away

Latin Playboys - DOSE
This is all about the Locoman/Who tried to cut the world in two/Wrapped it up in chicken wire/And tried to drag it home to you

Led Zeppelin - THE BBC SESSIONS
There ainít no harm in thinking to myself/Thatís fine looking, man/Thatís something else

Arto Lindsay - NOON CHILL
I do love your lack of all expression/Find it not at all distressing/You are one of those creatures who simply are/Simply beyond why

The Lonesome Organist - CAVALCADE
There was a fly on my plate/Was eating my food/Letís eat it together/Letís eat it together


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Magnetic Fields - HOLIDAY
Iíll be the madness that carries you away/Iíll be the sadness to light your darkest day/Iíll be the desert island where you can be free/Iíll be the vulture you can catch and eat

Taj Mahal - TAJ'S BLUES
I learned to love you/Babe before I call/Honey Ďfore I call your name/I wouldnít trade your love for money/Honey youíre my warm heart/Baby youíre my warm heartís flame

Man...or Astroman? - PROJECT INFINITY
[Hilarious, skilled, exciting surf-punk]

Massive Attack - MEZZANINE
Inertia creeps/Movin up slowly

Curtis Mayfield - CURTIS
Brothers! Sisters! Niggers! Whiteys! Crackers! Donít worry Ė if thereís hell below/Weíre all gonna go

Mermen - A GLORIOUS LETHAL EUPHORIA
[Classical instrumental punk surf psychedelia....aw hell, just call it Visionary]

Charles Mingus - MINGUS, MINGUS, MINGUS, MINGUS, MINGUS
[Insane, overwhelming bass lines from this amazing bandleader]

The Minutemen - DOUBLE NICKELS ON THE DIME
I stand for language/I speak for truth/I shout for history/I am a cesspool/For all the shit/To run down in

Mission of Burma - VS.
Honestyís an actorís first mistake/Thatís how I escaped my certain fate

The Modern Lovers - THE MODERN LOVERS
Well he was only five-foot-three but girls could not resist his stare/Pablo Picasso never got called an asshole/Not like you

Mogwai - YOUNG TEAM
Music is bigger than words and wider than pictures/If the stars had a sound/They would sound like this

The Monks - BLACK MONK TIME
Youíre a monk, Iím a monk, weíre all monks! Letís go, itís beat time, itís hop time, itís monk time!

Thelonious Monk and Art Blakey - ART BLAKEY'S JAZZ MESSENGERS WITH THELONIOUS MONK
[Sparks fly when jazz's most innovative pianist and polyrhythmic drummer get together]

Lee Morgan - LEEWAY
[Blistering, energetic, lyrical solos mark this excellent hard bop date]

Morphine - CURE FOR PAIN
Where is the ritual/Where is the taste/Where is the sacrifice/Where is the faith/Someday thereíll be a cure for pain/Thatís the day Iíll throw my drugs away

Van Morrison - ASTRAL WEEKS
If I ventured through the slipstream/Between the viaducts of your dream/Where immobile steel rims crack/And the ditch in the back road stops/Could you find me/Would you kiss-a my eyes/Lay me down/In silence easy/To be born again

Mos Def - Black on Both Sides
All the doubters and believers adjust your receivers/You can taste it though the speakers

My Bloody Valentine - LOVELESS
[Gorgeous melodies forged from feedback and dissonance]


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