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Leonard Cohen Needs to Get Out More Often PLUS: Amélie, Cutthroats 9, Shelby Lynne and Sarah Dougher

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Leonard Cohen Ten New Songs (Sony/Columbia)Cohen shares space on the cover with Sharon Robinson, his collaborator throughout his first new album in nine long years. The Canadian bard hasn't engage ...   More
Wednesday, November 28, 2001 Willamette Week Staff. Edited By Zach Dundas

New Eastern Standard

Son Volt songwriter digs up some spice in the Mysterious Orient. PLUS: Miles Davis, Fugazi, Terry Southern and more.

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Jay Farrar Sebastopol (Fellow Guard/ Artemis) While ex-Uncle Tupelo comrade Jeff Tweedy transformed himself into a Tom Petty clone with hand-clap-happy pop-rock band Wilco, Jay Farrar continued th ...   More
Wednesday, November 14, 2001 Zach Dundas (editor)


With Gold, Ryan Adams Reanimates Classic Rock. PLUS: Lost Kids, Groove Armada Tenacious D., The Dimes, The Culottes and Enrique Iglesias (of course)

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Ryan Adams Gold Universal/Lost Highway At the Aladdin Theater last Valentine's Day, the new tunes blew through Ryan Adams' lips and fingertips nearly as fast as the pack-and-a-half he chain-smo ...   More
Wednesday, November 7, 2001 Byron Beck, Zach Dundas, Brian Libby, Jeff Rosenberg, Sam Dodge Soule, Brett Weinstein

Bad Luck & Trouble

Burnside on Burnside Screams the Blues Like Lightning Striking An Icy Lake. PLUS: Garbage, Goddamn Gentlemen, Mistreaters, Porterhouse Quintet, a Kinks tribute and a BSI reggae platter.

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R.L. Burnside Burnside on Burnside Fat Possum RecordsFame is a double-edged blade for R.L. Burnside. His alliance with the young blues fanatics of Fat Possum Records assures this seventysomething ...   More
Wednesday, October 31, 2001 Philip Dawdy, Zach Dundas, Colleen Mcgraw, Sam Dodge Soule

Of Human Bondies

Reviews of albums by the Von Bondies, Flux Information Sciences and James "Blood" Ulmer

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THE VON BONDIES: LACK OF COMMUNICATION (Sympathy for the Record Industry)Heart-wrenching, arousing, mean, dirty and rough rock 'n' roll, with enough chill jazzy and dark bluesy sides to make you sna ...   More
Wednesday, October 24, 2001 John Graham, Chris Hofgren, Jenny Tatone

Left Coast Favorites

New discs by Portland's TV:616, San Fran's Resineators and Seattle's Blow Up.

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TV:616: POISON BLANKET (Elemental)The Portland band's tightly controlled thesis on fury.At the dawn of the '90s, heavy metal teetered on the edge of a Darwinian cliff, where there were but two optio ...   More
Wednesday, October 17, 2001 John Graham, Sam Dodge Soule

Four Little Hipsters Sitting in a Tree

New discs by Death Cab For Cutie, Vue, Stereolab and Björk

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BJORK: VESPERTINE (WEA/Elektra) Somehow, the Icelandic nymph creates the perfect record for the times.I bought Bjork's new album, Vespertine, at a record store in lower Manhattan a few weeks ago. ...   More
Wednesday, October 3, 2001 Liz Brown, Brian Libby, Jenny Tatone


Unwind with new entertainments by Federation X, the Residents and H2O.

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FEDERATION X: AMERICAN FOLK HORROR (Estrus)A blasting metal/blues elegy to a drunken soul.There's something going on out there. Hard as it is to believe--I know--there is something happening beyond ...   More
Wednesday, September 26, 2001 John Graham, Jenny Tatone

Pyramid Schemes

Roy Campbell invades new jazz territory. PLUS: Ozma and Robert Pete Williams.

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ROY CAMPBELL PYRAMID TRIO: ETHNIC STEW AND BREW (Delmark) Jazz, reinvented.A freedom cry of blazing brass soars out of frenetic, hard-thumping bass and explosive cymbal crash. Hardcore chemistry: t ...   More
Wednesday, September 19, 2001 Dewey Mahood, Sam Dodge Soule

Eno Transcends Techno

Discs by Brian Eno and Grant-Lee Phillips

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BRIAN ENO AND J. PETER SCHWALM: DRAWN FROM LIFE (Astralwerks)The English ambient master and his German apprentice explore virgin electronic soil.When it comes to the music of Brian Eno, you're eithe ...   More
Wednesday, September 5, 2001 Jemiah Jefferson, Jeff Rosenberg
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