by Robert Lanham
and in no particular order
1. Belle and Sebastian - Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant
So what if they are hokeythey consistently write damn
catchy songs, period. A great follow-up to the lovely If You're Feeling
Sinister, that is filled with syrupy summer afternoon melodies that
are as light as they are beautiful.
Broadcast - The Noise Made By People
A far superior record than Work and Nonwork, which wasn't
too shabby either. Give up on Stereolab, they are just putting out crap.
Broadcast is where it is at.
3. Radiohead - Kid A
I was the only person in America who doesn't like this band,
but after hearing the latest release I am a convert. I still am not
sold on OK Computer, but I have nothing but praise for Kid
4.Vadislav Delay (AKA Luomo) - Vocal City
House music has never been my thing. It all sounds like homogenous
crap that should be spun at Canal Jeans to me. I was initially horrified
to find that minimal techno artist Vadislav Delay was venturing into
this genre, but my fears were pacified after the first listen. Vocal
City is a diamond among coal.
5. Pole - 3
You either love him or hate him. I love him. More dub on this
outing makes it the best one yet for Stefan Betke.
6. Yo La Tengo - And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out
They keep getting better and better! The last 2 releases are
amazing (despite their inept live performance at Town Hall). This record
may be too sleepy for some, but it is nice to see the reflective side
of Yo La Tengo.
7. Blonde Redhead - Melodie Citronique
Yes they are the quintessential pretentious indie band, but
the latest release is darn nice. And the finally have a sound that is
distinct from that of Sonic Youth.
Pram - The Museum of Imaginary Animals
Not as good as Sargasso, but Pram fans will surely delight
in this beautiful record.
9. Jurassic 5 - Great Expectations
And expectations were high since all we had for what seemed
like years was the EP. The most fun to be had from hip hop since Old
10. The Fucking Champs - IV
ROCK ON! See the review
Merle Haggard - If I Could Only Fly
Queens of the Stone Age - R
Anti-Pop Consortium - Tragic Epilogue
Mouse on Mars - Niun Niggund
The Modernist - Explosion
TRS-80 - The Manhattan Love Machine
Lambchop - Nixon
PJ Harvey - Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea
The Sea and Cake - Oui
- Robert Lanham
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| December 2000 | Issue 9