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G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE / Electric Mile
(Epic/Sony)

While their name would seem to indicate something a bit saucy, sexy even, Philadelphia trio G. Love & Special Sauce' recipe includes more folk and blues than hip shakin' stuff. Less funky than 1999's Philadelphonic, Electric Mile opens with the reggae strains of "Unified" before settling into a jambalaya that includes dashes of folk, blues, jazz and hip hop - a style originally termed "ragmop" by leader G. Love. With the explosion in so-called "jam bands," G. Love & Special Sauce's idiosyncratic blend may not sound as novel as it once did, but with their fifth album they demonstrate that they remain atop the heap - a welcome breeze of quality songwriting and integrity at a time when image and youth seem ever more dominant in determining commercial success. G. Love & Special Sauce play Akasaka Blitz on June 7-8. See listings for details.


BEN HARPER / Live From Mars
(Virgin)


Being derivative isn't always a bad thing. Especially when you've got the talent and chops to bring off a passable, folkified version of Jimi Hendrix psychedelic blues like young American singer-songwriter Ben Harper does. Recorded on various stops on Harper and his band the Innocent Criminals' worldwide tour over the last two years, Live From Mars documents wickedly electricized versions of Harper's more restrained recorded material. Generating something of a cult following over the past few years, Harper and Co prove that their live show is one of the best around as they rock out on original material and even a worthy cover of Marvin Gaye's classic, "Sexual Healing." Tickets are sold out for Harper's upcoming Tokyo dates, but with luck, promoter Smash will add an extra show. See listings for details.


NEIL FINN / One Nil
(EMI)


"Where ever you are, it's three a.m. and I'm awake," is an unforgettable, haunting line from the former Crowded House frontman on his new solo release. How can you forget the spirit of one of the greatest international bands ever to originate from the Southern Hemisphere? Finn's latest work continues in a highly introspective vein with the flavor of his home, New Zealand that is reminiscent of Crowded House's last album, Together Alone. New Zealand's Southern Alps and proximity to Antarctica unmistakably influence the tracks "The Climber" and "Hole in the Ice." This time around, Finn has enlisted help from his family, songstress Sheryl Crow, and producers Tchad Blake and Mitchell Froom, who both helped on past Crowded House albums, ensuring that those ghosts from Finn's musical past have yet to be silenced. Ryan Hart


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OCTOBER
394:
NATALIE IMBRUGLIA/White Lilies Island
DAFT PUNK/Alive
VARIOUS ARTISTS/Trance Progression
GERLING/When Young Terrorists Chase The Sun
THE CHARLATANS/Wonderland
SEPTEMBER
392:
LAURIE ANDERSON/Life On A String
BLAKE/Step Into The Light
ROGER SANCHEZ /First Contact
BUDDY GUY/Sweat Tea
VARIOUS ARTISTS/WIRE01 Compilation
391:
The strokes
New Order
Grant-lee Phillips
390:
Ben Folds
V.A
Jamiroquai
Bjork
Cake
389:
Tantric
Turin brakes
Herbie Hancock
august
388:
Roots Manuva
Green Day
V.A.
Bran
V.A.
387:
Super Furry Animals
Usher
Boz Scaggs
386:
Farida's Cafe
Freaky Flow
Laura Liza
385:
Rhona
Dan Bryk
Jose Padilla
384:
Catatonia
Deep Dish
Manu Chao
Pre_Shrunk
Taraf De Haidouks
JULY
383:
The Cult
Sphongle
Tomb Raider Soundtrack
382:
Ursula Rucker
The Rembrants
Perry Farrel
Iggy Pop
Feed
381:
Stone Temple Pilots
Inner Circle
Gorodisch
380:
Joe Hisaishi
Plaid
Sugar Ray
Tarika
Travis
JUNE
379:
Goo Goo Dolls
Tonino Baliardo
Bran Van 3000
378:
Shur-I-Kan
Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliot
Pete Rock
Frankie Valentine
Masanori Ikeda
377:
Depeche Mode
Chilldren ov Paradise
Our Lady Peace
376:
Backyard Babies
Taj Mahal & The Hula Blues Band
ebz
Solid Ground
Weezer
375:
David Byrne
Mekon
Ken Ishii
MAY
374:
AIR
Martires Del Compas
V.A.
Coil
Cosmic Rough Riders
373:
G. Love & Special Sauce
Ben Harper
Neil Finn
372:
Alternative 3
Stevie Nicks
Snake Hip Shakes
Soul Scramble
The Slackers
371:
The Black Crowes
Dirty Beatnisk
DJ Spinna
Mogwai
Tokyo-Mirai
APRIL
370:
R.E.M.
Makyo
Missile Girl Scoot

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