Leonard Cohen, The Essential Leonard Cohen (2002)

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The first song I heard by Leonard Cohen was Suzanne, a song that brilliantly captured the spirit of the Sixties. Suzanne takes you down…

Sigur Rós, Takk/Thanks (1997)

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In 1994 three teenagers formed a band in Iceland, naming it after the sister of one of the band members, Sigur Rós, which is…

Fiona Apple, Extraordinary Machine (2005)

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Soon after Fiona Apple’s third CD, Extraordinary Machine was released, Travis Scott phoned to say it was extraordinary. I’ve learned to trust Travis when…

David Eugene Edwards, Woven Hand (2002)

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I am nothing without his ghost within and all your wooden eyes cannot see the good hand upon me ~David Eugene Edwards Out of…

Creed, Human Clay (1999)

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In 1997 a group of rock musicians from Tallahassee, Florida, calling themselves Creed pooled $6000 and recorded their first CD, My Own Prison. Four…

Bob Dylan, Love and Theft (2001)

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I listened to Bob Dylan’s latest CD for the first time a few days after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. I…

Over The Rhine, Drunkard’s Prayer (2005)

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In 1990 a band began performing in small venues in Cincinnati; it took its name from a notorious neighborhood called Over the Rhine. It’s…

Aimee Mann, Lost in Space (2002)

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Aimee Mann does not try to produce singles that will become hits; she writes and sings songs that are meant to get under your…

T Bone Burnett, The True False Identity (2006)

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In the fourteen years since his last album, The Criminal Under My Own Hat, T Bone Burnett has been in the background, neither touring…

Hip Hop 101

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Something historic happened in October 2003. As Joan Anderman reported in the Rochester Post-Bulletin, “For the first time in the 50 year history of…