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The ’80s and James Brown Top the List of 2001’s Best PDF Print E-mail
Music - 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 - 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.

 
New CD Delivers Power-Pop Magic PDF Print E-mail
Music - 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.

 
Labels Work Together to Speed Tribute Album PDF Print E-mail
Music - Music News
Written by John James   
Tuesday, 27 November 2001 18:00
• The “big five” major music companies – Sony, EMI, BMG, Universal, and the Warner Music Group – have laid down their swords and come together to rush the release this Tuesday of America: A Tribute to Heroes, a not-for-profit CD, VHS, or DVD documenting the somber benefit broadcast from September 21.

 
New Film a Love Letter to Indie Rock PDF Print E-mail
Music - Music News
Written by John James   
Tuesday, 20 November 2001 18:00
• The new independent film Dean Quixote is an indie-rock love letter, with an appearance by Dayton, Ohio’s Guided by Voices and a tastefully selected soundtrack. Just released on the spinART Records label, it features the band’s “If We Wait” alongside Olivia Tremor Control, Beachwood Sparks, The Minders, Bevis Frond, Bettie Serveert, and Orchestra Fantastique, a new side project from Robert Schneider of The Apples in Stereo.

 
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