Concert: Jonatha Brooke in Minneapolis

Artist: Jonatha Brooke

Date: April 18, 2001

Opening Act: Kim Richey

Venue: The Fine Line Music Caf

City: Minneapolis, MN

Review by [Amy Lotsberg] Producer of Collected Sounds

I had only heard Kim Richey’s name but had not heard any of her music. Wow, I was very pleasantly surprised. She reminded me a lot of Shawn Colvin’s pop/folk stuff (as opposed to her songs that sound more “country-ish”). Though I’ve since listened to some of her other material on the internet and it seems quite country-flavored. She even resembles Shawn with short shaggy blond hair. But her voice is her own. She can sound gusty, powerful and sweet all in one song.
At one point she saw someone in the audience and said, “You are NOT talking on a cell phone are you?” Then she took the cell phone from the person and chatted a little with the woman on the other end. Seems the other person was in Chicago and was a Kim Richey fan so the friend was sort of “broadcasting” the show to her. After talking to the friend for a minute (she told us to talk amongst ourselves) she gave the phone back and continues with the show. I thought that was a cute touch and probably a great treat for the fan on the other end!
She was a great opener.

This was my first time seeing Jonatha Brooke live. She blew me away. Such stage presence. Beautiful, funny and she has great arms! The audience kept asking her “Where’s the beach?” (as in the Muscle Beach). She finally got it and gave us the, “it’s over…there” bit. Nice touch.

The set list goes like this (with comments)
Glass Half Empty
Blood From a Stone (which started out and finished as Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side”)
Red Dress
Here she told a story about how she was in Madison, Wisconsin the previous night and at the venue there was a huge moose head above the stage. The moose had red lights in his eyes and at times would blow smoke out of his nostrils. “So it’s good to be in Minneapolis!”
I’ll Take it From Here – she said she wrote this song for the “Felicity” TV show and everyone there LOVED it…but they haven’t used it yet.
Genius or a Fool – This song was a sing-a-long. She told us that this song was inspired by the time she met Daniel Lanois at a music convention. She was wearing a pair of two-toned blue boat shoes that she thought were “spanky”. He came up to her and said, “What is it that you do?” She smiled and said, “Well, I’m a chick singer songwriter, but I try to do my best.” And he said, “Well, judging by your shoes, your either a genius or a fool.” This comment took her right back to 7th grade and the insecurities you have then (and now) and the song grew from that.
Is This All
No Better
How Deep is Your Love – I didn’t really care for the song on the CD, but it really rocked live. I like it now!
Your House – She dedicated this song to a woman in the audience who was celebrating her 81st birthday. Jonatha called her a “gem”.
At the Still Point
Steady Pull
Linger – great ending song…but wait, there’s more.

Encore One:
Out of Your Mind
Because I Told You So

Encore Two!
So Much Mine

This was a fabulous show; if you ever have a chance to see her live do it!

[Jonatha Brooke Official Site]

Album Review: The Storm by Karnataka

Album Name: The Storm
Artist: Karnataka
Year/Label: 2001 / Immarama Records

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

The Welsh band Karnataka follow up their debut with the elegant, eloquent “The Storm”. At the heart of the music is the seraphic voice of Rachel Jones. She emotes in a fashion that makes Karnataka recall Clannad at their most atmospheric.

The bands fusion of progressive rock and folk is very creatively done. The songs all form a cohesive whole and “The Storm” is a record worth hearing.

Posted on April 17, 2001

Track Listing
1. Heaven can wait
2. Dreamer
3. The Journey
4. Hay
5. Love and affection
6. I should have known
7. Everything must change
8. Shine
9. Writing on the wall
10. The storm

[Karnataka Official Site]

Album Review: Daydreaming by Kia Colton

Album Name: Daydreaming
Artist: Kia Colton
Year/Label: 2000 / Susanhouse Records

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

The mood on Kia Colton’s debut album is very laid back, but her songs cut to the bone. Her vocals have a jazz influenced langour and suit the melodies well. She incorporates dance influences into her music seamlessly.

The hypnotic title track is a standout, as is the rhythmic “Not Gonna Make it alone”. “Daydreaming” is a record that is very special in a world of clones.

Posted on April 10, 2001

Track Listing
Listen to track samples
1. Get Back
2. Tangled Up In Blue
3. It’s All Right
4. Drown
5. Daydreaming
6. Back of My Mind
7. Not Gonna Make It Alone
8. Love Song
9. Redemption
10. Ordinary Day
11. Faith of Angels
12. Rain

[Kia Colton Official Site]

Concert: Sarah Harmer in Minneapolis (2001)

Artist: Sarah Harmer

Date: April 9, 2001

Venue: Bryant Lake Bowl

City: Minneapolis, MN

Review by [Amy Lotsberg] Producer of Collected Sounds

Well, Sarah Harmer know how to put on a great show!
She started a little late but that was not her fault. The theater had booked another show just prior to hers and it took them longer to take down the set then they had anticipated.

She was with her bassist, Kevin Fox and drummer, John Obercian. I have since misplaced the set list I so religiously wrote up so I’ll just tell you that she played every song from her CD, “You Were Here” and a couple of songs by other artists (I’m terrible, aren’t I…and I wasn’t even drinking!)

But I did get some pretty good photos. I was sitting about 2 feet from her, but I didn’t use a flash (didn’t want to call attention to myself).

[See all photos on my Flickr Acct]

[Sarah Harmer Official Site]

Album Review: Ging Ging by Purr Machine

Album Name: Ging Ging
Artist: Purr Machine
Year/Label: 1999 / Re Constriction

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

What is a purr machine I wonder? A cat perhaps. Purr Machine singer Betsy Martin has a more feral than kittenish approach on this album though. She used to sing with the aptly named Caterwaul. Purr Machine resemble a more organic Garbage or Curve without an icequeen for a vocalist. Martin is in fine voice on

“Ging Ging”; growling on the highlight “Speak Clearly” and displaying a softer side on the meditative “Regarding Mary”.

This high-octane debut sees Purr Machine making refreshingly cliché free modern rock.

Posted on April 4, 2001

Track Listing
Listen to track samples
1. The Moon and My Head are both Full
2. Regarding Mary
3. Speak Clearly
4. Darjeeling
5. Keep Calm
6. Perspicous Minds
7. Circumstance
8. Phoebe
9. The Enormity of it all
12.Send me an Angel
13.There’s More

[Purr Machine Official Site]


Album Review: Revelling/Reckoning by Ani DiFranco

Album Name: Revelling/Reckoning
Artist: Ani DiFranco
Year/Label: 2001 / Righteous Babe

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Review by Jennifer

Just thought I would give a little review of the new Ani album.

It is so good. What else can be said about it really? The first disc is fantastic, the second disc is soulful and sad and happy and beautiful.
It is just an incredible mixture of how Ani used to be and to how she became in the last few albums. It’s so personal in the same way that her older stuff was, but with a really perfect sound.
While listening to it, it’s almost like you can’t imagine a time BEFORE these songs were recorded, if that makes sense. It just is great.

And, let me just say briefly, that the packaging ROCKS! It is so nicely put together. (If you care about that sort of thing.)

So, on April 10, get out there and buy the new album.

Another Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

Well, I love Ani deeply but this new one isn’t really “doing it” for me as of yet.
The Reckoning CD is reminiscent of “To The Teeth”. Funky, jazzy and fun. I’ve only listened a few times and I like it…I just don’t love it. Yet.
The Revelling CD is slow and jazzy. I see it as great for background music but it hasn’t really grabbed me yet. I’m sure if I sat down with the lyrics and listened carefully it would grow on me like all of Ani’s recordings have.

Posted on April 4, 2001

Track Listing

Disc One:
1. Ain’t That the Way
2. O.K.
3. Garden of Simple
4. Tamburitza Lingua
5. Marrow
6. Heartbreak Even
7. Harvest
8. Kazoointoit
9. Whatall Is Nice
10. What How When Where Why Who
11. Fierce Flawless
12. Rock Paper Scissors
13. Beautiful Night Reckoning

Disc Two:
1. Your Next Bold Move
2. This Box Contains…
3. Reckoning
4. So What
5. Prison Prism
6. Imagine That
7. Flood Waters
8. Grey
9. Subdivision
10. Old Old Song
11. Sick of Me
12. Don’t Nobody Know
13. School Night
14. That Was My Love
15. Revelling
16. In Here

[Ani DiFranco Official Site]