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The Year Offered Plenty of Out-of-the-Way Treasures PDF Print E-mail
Music News
Written by John James   
Tuesday, 25 December 2001 18:00
As the year wraps itself into a nice little bow, here’s my “best of 2001” to perhaps tickle your ear and set you in search of these under-the-radar favorites. Yes, none of these found a home among the Lolitas, pretty boys, and thuggish bravado that continues to dominate the charts, but you, dear reader, are one of the enlightened ones, eh? In no particular order, here are the albums that made my heart soar, stretched the space between my ears, and totally captured my attention.

 
The ’80s and James Brown Top the List of 2001’s Best PDF Print E-mail
Music News
Written by John James   
Tuesday, 18 December 2001 18:00
As the record industry cools down the factory boiler for the holidays, let me share with you my picks for the best of 2001. Favorite Single: Sugarcult, “Stuck In America” (Ultimatum Music). An energetic power-pop anthem that mixes up 1970s punk and 1980s power-chord pep spiked up with new-millennium swagger.

 
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like (a Very Odd) Christmas PDF Print E-mail
Music News
Written by John James   
Tuesday, 11 December 2001 18:00
• It’s time for holiday music to get the mood – or the party – started right. No muzak or Mitch Miller here, mates. So allow me to share my highlights of this season’s funkiest new Christmas CDs. Cut right to the chase of the bitchin’-est of the bunch: the power rawk girl-power duo of Evil Beaver and its Smells Like Christmas Spirit on the Johann’s Face record label.

 
Benefit CD Worthy for More than Its Cause PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Tuesday, 04 December 2001 18:00
It was a great idea by the Blackthorn Pub & Eatery. Host local bands on four consecutive Sundays in late summer, record their sets, compile the best performances on CD, and sell it as a benefit for two charities, Gilda’s Club of the Quad Cities and the Mississippi Valley Blues Society’s BlueSKool program.

 
New CD Delivers Power-Pop Magic PDF Print E-mail
Music News
Written by John James   
Tuesday, 04 December 2001 18:00
• My favorite new CD of the moment goes to Rick Altizer and his power -pop masterpiece All Tie Zer. Bearing the imprint of the Not Lame Recordings, a Colorado label serving up the best in indie pop, this new album is candy for the ears with its “Dear God”-era XTC meets Tom Petty cleverness and melancholy melodies.

 
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