June 28, 2001 Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews Freefall featuring pianist Kenny Barron and violinist Regina Carter.
June 26, 2001 Oh, Inverted World is the latest album from the Albuquerque pop-quartet The Shins. The band has been recording on independent labels for years before this, their first widespread release. Nick Mirov has a review. (4:00) The Shins' Oh, Inverted World is on Sub-Pop Records 2001, SPCD 550. See www.subpop.com.
June 25, 2001 Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds have played together for years in the underground scene. Their latest album, No More Shall We Part, has a more mainstream appeal. Jefferson Chase reviews the CD.
June 25, 2001 Ken Tucker reviews the new CD by Rufus Wainwright. Its called Poses.
June 21, 2001 Rufus Wainwright — the son of folksingers Loudon Wainwright the III and Kate McGarrigle — is out with a second album of his own. It's called Poses. Music Reviewer Tom Moon tells us about it.
June 18, 2001 Rock Critic, Ken Tucker Reviews the New Album from Missy Elliot, Miss E...So Addictive
June 13, 2001 Rev. Gary Davis was not only an ordained minister, he was also an incredible guitar player. As a blues musician, he played both popular Tin Pan Alley tunes and ragtime, incorporating his own unique style. Rev. Gary Davis influenced many folk musicians of the 1960s and '70s. Meredith Ochs reviews the work of Reverend Davis and the recent box set of his work called Demons and Angels. (4:45) The CD is called Demons and Angels: The Ultimate Collection by Rev. Gary Davis, from Shanachie Entertainment.
June 8, 2001 Music critic Tom Moon reviews Amnesiac, the new CD by Radiohead. The band recently released Kid A, which was hailed as one of the greatest albums of last year by fans and critics alike, and also considered one of the most difficult and unconventional to listen to. While they were recording Kid A, they were also writing and recording other pieces that make up this new CD. Moon says Amnesiac is transfixing, with cinematic soundscapes, full of existential doubt, and pure joy.
May 31, 2001 The Cowboy Junkies are survivors. They've just released their 11th CD — this time on their very own label. Writer Will Hermes thinks it's one of their best recordings. (4:30) The CD is Open by the Cowboy Junkies. It's on Latent Records.
May 31, 2001 Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead has a review of pianist Dave Brubeck's new CD, Impressions of Japan.
May 21, 2001 Will Hermes reviews the new solo album by David Byrne of Talking Heads fame. It's titled Look Into The Eyeball. (4:30) The album is available on Virgin Records.
May 2, 2001 Number 21 on the Billboard top 100 this week: India Arie, with her first CD, Acoustic Soul. She has drawn impressive comparisons to Roberta Flack, Tracy Chapman and Bill Withers. Reviewer Sarah Bardeen says that Arie deserves the success. India Arie's Acoustic Soul is on Motown Records.
April 29, 2001 Liane speaks with Weekend Edition Sunday music director Ned Wharton about the latest crop of new releases on CD.
April 20, 2001 Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Isolation Drills the new release by the band Guided by Voices.
April 18, 2001 The band Pavement — from Stockton California — epitomized the slacker ethos of the 1990s. But they broke up last year. And now, the band's leader, Stephen Malkmus, has a new CD. Critic James Sullivan says Malkmus's music has a new, less cynical attitude. (4:00) Stephen Malkmus' self-titled CD is on the Matador label, release number ole-444, www.matador.recs.com.
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