By Steve Weinstein
By Bryan Bierman
By Lindsey Rhoades
By Chaz Kangas
By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Jena Ardell
By Jesse Sendejas Jr.
By Katherine Turman
CHOICE CUTS: Geoff Muldaur (With Jenni & Clare Muldaur), "Chicken" (Avalon Blues: A Tribute to the Music of Mississippi John Hurt, Vanguard); Dave Van Ronk, "Puttin' on the Ritz," "I'd Rather Charleston" (Sweet and Lowdown, Justin Time import); Paul Jones, "Goin' Back Home" (Not the Same Old Blues Crap II, Fat Possum); the Explosion, "No Revolution" (The Explosion, Jade Tree); Blessid Union of Souls, "Hey Leonardo (She Likes Me for Me)" (The Singles, V2); Brooke Allison, "The Kiss-Off (Goodbye)" (Brooke Allison, Virgin).
DUDS: ATC, Planet Pop (Republic/Universal); Backstreet Boys, Black and Blue (Jive); BS 2000, Simply Mortified (Grand Royal); Eden's Crush, Popstars (London/Stone Stanley/143); Keb' Mo', Big Wide Grin (Sony Wonder); Samantha Mumba, Gotta Tell You (A&M); Carly Simon, The Bedroom Tapes (Arista)
ADDRESSES: Ashmont, 10A Burt Street, Dorchester, MA 02124, ashmontrecords.com; Bloodshot, 3039 West Irving Road, Chicago, IL 60618, bloodshotrecords.com; CyberOctave, c/o Higher Octave, 23852 Pacific Coast Highway, suite 2C, Malibu, CA 90265, higheroctave.com; Dualtone, 2105 Elliston Place, second floor, Nashville, TN 37203; Hellcat, c/o Epitaph, 2798 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90026, hell-cat.com; K-Tel, 2605 Fernbrook Lane North, Minneapolis, MN 55447, k-tel.com; Label M, 53 West 23rd Street, 11th floor, NYC 10010, labelm.com; Lumperboy, c/o cdfreedom, cdfreedom.com, 800-937-3397; No Idea, 116 Northwest 13th Street, #141, Gainesville, FL 32601; Saddle Creek, Box 8554, Omaha, NE 68108-9554, saddle-creek.com; Such-A-Punch, P.O. Box 2452, Middletown, NY 10940; Sympathy for the Record Industry, 4450 California Place, suite 303, Long Beach, CA 90807, sympathyrecords.com; Trugroid, c/o Other Music, 15 East 4th Street, NYC 10003, othermusic.com.