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: Dimitris Sakalis, "Simera Gamos Ginete"; Himerini Kolimvites, "Apo To Parko Sti Mirovolo" (The Rough Guide to the Music of Greece, World Music Network import); Gordon Gano, "Hitting the Ground (PJ Harvey: vocals & guitar solo)" (Hitting the Ground, Instinct); Eve, "Figure You Out" (Eve-Olution, Ruff Ryders); Steve Earle, "Breed," "Ellis Unit One," "Time Has Come Today" (Sidetracks, E-Squared/Artemis); Burnt Sugar, "If There's a Hell Below" (That Depends on What You Know: The Crepescularium, Trugroid); Yellow Note vs. Pukka, "Naked, Drunk and Horny" (This Is Tech-Pop, Ministry of Sound).
DUDS: Anouar Brahem, Le Pas du Chat Noir (ECM); Miss Kittin & the Hacker, First Album (Emperor Norton); Mooney Suzuki, Electric Sweat (Gammon); Paris Combo, Attraction (Ark 21); Professor Griff, And the Word Became Flesh (the Right Stuff).
ADDRESSES: Astralwerks, 109 West 29th Street, NYC 10001, astralwerks.com; Aum Fidelity, P.O. Box 170147, Brooklyn, NY 11217, aumfidelity.com; Dim Mak, P.O. Box 14041, Santa Barbara, CA 93107, dimmak.com; Jetset, 67 Vestry Street, 5C, NYC 10013, jetset.sinner.com; Koch, 2 Tri-Harbor Court, Port Washington, NY 11050, kochint.com; Luaka Bop, c/o Narada, 4650 North Port Washington Road, Milwaukee, WI 53212, narada.com; MuscleTone, 8949 Sunset Boulevard, suite 203, West Hollywood, CA 90069, muscletonerecords.com; Rounder, 29 Camp Street, Cambridge, MA 02140, rounder.com; Shanachie, 37 East Clinton Street, Newton, NJ 07860, shanachie.com; Smithsonian Folkways, 955 L'Enfant Plaza SW, suite 2600, Washington, D.C. 20560; Trikont, Kistlerstrasse 1, Postfach 901055, D 81510 Munich, Germany, trikont.de; Trugroid, c/o Other Music, 15 East 4th Street, NYC 10003, firstname.lastname@example.org; World Music Network, 6 Abbeville Mews, 88 Clapham Park Road, London SW4 7BX, England, email@example.com.
Robert Christgau is a senior fellow at the National Arts Journalism Program, Columbia University.