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	Hobart Smith: Blue Ridge Legacy

 Texas Gladden Ballad Legacy(Rounder)US release date: 3 July 2001UK release date: 6 August 2001 by Matt Cibula smithhobart-blue.jpg :. e-mail this article:. print this article:.

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11 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Reivers: Saturday / End of the Day

Ahead of their time, or out of their time? The Reivers was cut from the same indie cloth as R.E.M., only they were

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11 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Gorillaz: G-Sides

The concept of cartoon bands has always fascinated me. You can’t ask for a better marriage between visual and audio than sharp animation and

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11 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Dimitri from Paris: After the Playboy Mansion

It’s not that cool to be cool anymore. Back when Dimitri from Paris put out A Night at the Playboy Mansion in 2000—or “Y

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11 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Brendan Benson: Lapalco

The good news is that Brendan Benson is back. Six years later, this singer/songwriter returns with a winning sophomore collection of a dozen personal

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11 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

Spy Game (2001)

The film's assumptions about the Agency, are, in a word, Before September 11, before top secret government agencies (CIA, FBI, etc.) were revealed as not doing what they've been pretending to be doing all this time.

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11 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Sweetest Thing (2002)

The Sweetest Thing targets moviegoers who seek out the familiar and formulaic.

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11 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

Pauline and Paulette (2002)

It's not every day that you see an older adult with mental disabilities as the star in an internationally distributed film.

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11 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

Promises (2002)

When the children speak for themselves, 'Promises' is very powerful.

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National Lampoon’s Van Wilder (2002)

National Lampoon's Van Wilder [is] the latest version of Maxim, the Movie.

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Grey Gardens / Salesman - PopMatters Film Review
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What makes the Maysles' work special lies in how they manage, by focusing so intently on their subjects, to elicit a body of information that the audience is compelled to examine for its possible meaning.

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11 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

Frailty (2002)

Moody, perverse, and full to busting with metaphorical cautions.

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11 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

Changing Lanes (2002)

PULL.

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	ShelleyDevoto: Buzzkunst

It’s very fitting that the reunited duo of Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto have released their new album, Buzzkunst, under the name ShelleyDevoto. After

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10 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Radio 4: Gotham!

Having grown jaded by what had become the definitive portrait of the indie/math rock aesthetic throughout the 1990s—a sulking, shiftless-when-idle mentality juxtaposed with

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	Genya Ravan: For Fans Only

Flash! To any and all who ever wished they had experienced the best of late ‘70s punk-rock-new wave, and especially if you have, you gotta

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10 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Pat Metheny Group: Speaking of Now

Speaking of Now disappoints. It disappoints because at first it seems so promising. On the first two tracks, “As It Is” and “Proof”, the Pat

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	Patti Labelle: Greatest Love Songs

Though everyone acknowledges the fact that Patti Labelle possesses one of the most powerful and expressive voices in popular music, she remains best known for

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Steve Earle: Guitar Town (Expanded Edition)

Without this brilliant effort, none of the others would’ve been possible. A modern classic.

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10 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Sean Altman: alt.mania

Years of experience singing a cappella have brought a feast of harmonic delights that grace the songs on this new and spectacularly melodic collection from

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10 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

How is a sense of security retained in an environment embedded with hidden policies and clauses that come to the foreground only after the fact? The same security measures put in place to protect our privacy have the capacity to strip them from us.

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10 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

Something of this clumsy love can get us through a season of war. By way of the benefit concert, pop has seemed like a parade of virtue; by way of everything else, it has sounded like knee-jerk nationalism.

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To the movie maven, Billy Wilder was the last of his kind, the most visible link to the Golden Age of Hollywood . . . he epitomized the professional spit and polish that the factory system of the major studios promoted.

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10 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

The White Stripes are the real deal. No bass guitar, no samples, no click tracks, no "exploratory jams" -- just monster tunes, earth-shaking guitar, a telepathically intuitive drummer, and a vocal delivery that can evoke Iggy Pop as easily as Gene Vincent.

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10 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

This was one of the most oddly-billed shows I have witnessed in quite some time. Allow me to explain myself. For the opening band we

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10 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

“Holy shit!” are the first spoken words out of Phantom Planet’s lead singer Alex Greenwald’s mouth when he takes in the roar of

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10 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

This past December, former Downbeat associate editor and part time pundit for the JazzTimes Nat Hentoff pontificated that Jane Monheit and Diana Krall—two of

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10 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

Divadom was the order of the night at the Magic Stick in Detroit, Michigan last Friday. From the put-upon bartenders, to the heavily made-up party

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The Faint Are Anything But It was a night of surprises, of embarrassing schlock and unexpected glee. But more on that later. The evening’s

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10 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

. . . in light of September 11th you can imagine the current of backlash, and why the Australian's government's harsh handling of the Tampa met public approval.

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. . . but since the de-merger from Thorn in 1996, it has looked a rather lonely whale in a sea of increasingly hungry sharks.

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9 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Plus Ones: It’s a Calling

Power pop as a genre has changed little during its existence. It can be traced from the Beatles, down through Cheap Trick, Matthew Sweet, the

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	Haven: Between the Senses

Let’s not jump to conclusions, however: Between the Senses is hardly a record of “Say Something"s; it sometimes seems as if the remainder

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9 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Wes Cunningham: Pollyanna

If a tree falls in a forest and there’s no one there to hear it, does it make a sound? If the tremendously talented

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	Larry Carlton: Deep Into It

I take it Larry Carlton is not somebody who gets tired of people still associating him with the Crusaders. He was with them for less

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9 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Brick Layer Cake: Whatchamacallit

Brick Layer Cake:Todd Trainer—GuitarsTodd Trainer—DrumsTodd Trainer—Vocals As the above caption humbly states in the accompanying press release, Shellac drummer Todd Trainer

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9 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Aerosmith: Pump

After having accomplished the goal of getting back on the rock/pop radar with its previous album, Aerosmith decided the Great White North, particularly Vancouver,

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	ABC: The Lexicon of Love

Few periods in music are viewed with the contempt that is held for the early ‘80s. We witnessed the death of disco and punk. New

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	Carole King: Love Makes the World

As with any record, how it is received often depends on the listener’s expectations. To get this out of the way right now, this

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8 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Giant Sand: Cover Magazine

In the mid-‘90s, journalists, cognizant of a burgeoning scene comprised of a contingent of artists including Jayhawks, Bottlerockets, Son Volt and Wilco—bands bred

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8 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Good Life: Black Out

The development of British rock has gone through a long evolution. Most would consider the Beatles, Stones, Kinks, The Who, The Clash and The Sex

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	Fila Brazillia: Jump Leads

Jump Leads ought to be my kind of album. It’s got weird sounds, funky basslines, and downtempo grooves galore. It fearlessly mixes synths, samples,

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8 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Dashboard Confessional: The Swiss Army Romance

It’s an amazing thing when trends recycle. I’ve always found the phenomenon fascinating. Seriously, a decade like the ‘70s—renowned for introducing the

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8 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Big Country: The Crossing

The suicide death of Big Country leader Stuart Adamson late last year was sad enough. But the fact that so many pop music fans had

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8 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Arkitekchur: Of Solids, Climate and Homes

Oh, how indie electronica of Arkitekchur (the Brooklyn-based Joseph Lisciandro, and others) to record and distribute their intriguing EP, Of Solids, Climate and Homes on

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	The Detachment Kit: They Raging.  Quiet Army

Chicago is a city with a proud rock ‘n’ roll tradition, but in the past few years, the well of talent has run horribly dry.

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4 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Sparkle*jets u.k.: Bamboo Lounge

One of the most important, yet one of the most oft-forgotten, details of being a pop band is that pop music is essentially fun. This

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	Moth: Provisions, Fiction and Gear

Moth is making its bid to be the next big thing in rock and roll. With the debut album, Provisions, Fiction and Gear, Moth just

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	Natalie Imbruglia: White Lilies Island

Three or four years ago, you had to feel just a tiny bit sorry for Natalie Imbruglia. For a fleeting moment, she was reasonably cool;

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	Johnny Gill: Ultimate Collection

Johnny Gill is easily the most enigmatic R&B vocalist of his generation. Blessed with a stunningly mature full baritone that he first introduced

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	Ghostface Killah: Bulletproof Wallets

When Charles Mingus was undergoing psychiatric treatment at Bellevue, he wrote a tune called “All the Things You Could Be If Sigmund Freud’s Wife

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	The Church: After Everything Now This

To say that The Church have been at it for quite awhile now is a bit of an understatement. To say that it’s a

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4 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Billy Mahonie: What Becomes Before

What Becomes Before by London outfit Billy Mahonie is a terrific fucking album, to put it bluntly. If PopMatters was into capsulized reviews, we’d

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At the start of the '90s, Kurt Cobain appeared to be the savior of rock 'n' roll. He was a beacon of hope to the black and flannel set, who saw him emerge from the fog of macho groups like Guns N' Roses as the only guy who could wear liberalism on his sleeve, begging sexist, racist, and homophobic rednecks not to buy his records, while still gaining their admiration by rocking fucking hard.

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4 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

When talking about movies, the phrase 'based on a video game' does not have to mean simply 'dumb'.

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4 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T SingGood FeelingWriting to Reach YouPipe DreamsAs You AreDriftwoodThe FearSideLast TrainMore Than UsFollow the LightTurnFlowers in the

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4 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

In the recent past people tried to tell us that quiet was the new loud. Britain was awash with troubled singers standing on the shoulders

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4 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

With the much heralded musical shift from the country-soul amalgam of Nixon, to the sparser, quieter textures of their latest offering Is A Woman, Lambchop

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4 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

What is the desire to recapture magical moments that belong only to the past? The term I’m searching for is something that goes beyond

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It was all Clash over the Echo Lounge’s PA system on a Tuesday night. The debut album before the first band, The Drill Team,

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4 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T Richter Scale MadnessMistakes and RegretsMark David ChapmanGargoyle WaitingHomageFake Fake EyesAnother Morning StonerBaudelaireRelative WaysAged DollsA Perfect TeenhoodTotally

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4 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Piano Teacher (2001)

Haneke's films challenge not only media violence, but also unsuccessful satires of media violence, like Oliver Stone's indulgent, bloodily hedonistic 'Natural Born Killers'.

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4 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

No Such Thing (2002)

Arid and hermetic, it's the first misstep in Hartley's intriguing and varied career.

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4 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

High Crimes (2002)

'High Crimes' is a movie starring Ashley Judd whom someone has determined is the ideal Flinty Woman in Danger.

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E.T. the Extraterrestrial (1982/2002)

The rerelease of 'E.T.' raises questions that underscore the difference between the Reagan-Bush years and the years of Bush Jr. and Dick Cheney.

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4 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

Death to Smoochy (2002)

PULL.

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4 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

Crush (2001)

'Crush' is surely 'quaint,' but . . . it's also sad in ways it probably doesn't mean to be.

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3 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Texas is the Reason: Do You Know Who You Are?

When I listen to Texas is the Reason’s Do You Know Who You Are?, I have the feeling I’ve been here before. The

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3 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Roxy Music: Avalon

Put in percussion, lots of imported blocks scrapingMuted bongos, plucked bass beats, empty hollow soundingTones to get your empty ribcage reverbratingHe’s singing lyrics about

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3 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Chris Isaak: Always Got Tonight

You have to give Chris Isaak his due—he only does one thing but he does it very well. Always Got Tonight, his new release

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3 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Hefner: Dead Media

Right from the first seconds of the opening title track of Hefner’s fourth album, the synthesizers say it all. Sparkling squiggles of vintage analogue

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3 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Maggie Connell: The Luxury of Sadness

Maggie Connell’s The Luxury of Sadness is an album to behold. It is a strange little work, one that doesn’t freely lend itself

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	The Catheters: Static Delusions and Stone-Still Days

And I had such high hopes for Sub Pop. Last year was banner year for the label by any standard. In addition to excellent albums

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	Club 8: Spring Came, Rain Fell

It should almost be law that any male/female duo that forms a band must date, then break up, but keep the band together. The

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3 Apr 2002 // 1:00 AM

During apartheid, if a controversial South African artist went out of the country and 'made it' by gaining acknowledgement from 'real' galleries Out There before returning, suddenly the former pariah would magically become prodigal son and worthy citizen.

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The [Church of Christ the Redeemer] has been rebuilt — a meticulous copy of the original — and an example of reconstruction triumphing over destruction.

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	Mingus Big Band: The Essential Mingus Big Band

See a band credited to a deceased leader the Benny Goodman Orchestra, for instance and you think old, out-of-touch, lame, boring you get the picture.

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2 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Michael Jackson: Love Songs

Perhaps you would find it fascinating to consider the oft-discussed awkward sexuality of Michael Jackson at age 43 in the context of the Love Songs on

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2 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Hives: Veni, Vidi, Vicious

“I’m stuck in ways of sadistic joy / My talent only goes as far as to annoy.” —“Main Offender” The genres known as power-pop and

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2 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Hefner: The Fidelity Wars

There is an unwritten rule to indie pop: it must come from a broken heart. And the Britpop band Hefner capitalizes on this, putting out

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2 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Freezepop: Fashion Impression Function

FreezepopFreezepop Forever(Archenemy)US release date: 1 February 2001 by Jason Damas freezepop-fashion.jpg :. e-mail this article:. print this article:.

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	Departure Lounge: Too Late to Die Young

When a band boasts not one, but two theremin players in its lineup, that’s usually not a good sign. The B.S. alarm sounds;

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	Elvin Bishop: The Best of Elvin Bishop: 20th Century Masters, The Millennium Collection

Elvin Bishop is one of the best, famous for pouring upbeat and happy music out of the blues. This “Best Of” in all fairness to

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What Earl Scruggs brought to banjo was a 'little something extra', that being his middle finger . . . In fact, it can be said with a straight face that Scruggs is the father of industrial music, because his home environment had everything to do with his sound.

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	Unwound: Leaves Turn Inside You

What the hell is post-post-punk? Well, let’s work backwards: punk rock was slammin’ good times before fracturing into millions of subgenres, at which point

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1 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Receiver: Inspiration Overload

At the end of 2001, I took a pass on the opportunity to write a “best albums of 2001” list for any of the various publications that

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1 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Posies: Nice Cheekbones and a Ph.D.

The Posies are back. Or were they ever gone? Two years after announcing they would never play together again, here is proof that breaking up

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1 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Pernice Brothers: The World Won’t End

The Pernice Brothers come from a different universe. They make music as if they’re from some parallel reality where three-minute songs teeming with guitars

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1 Apr 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Earl Hines: At the Party

Out of the voices and din of what sounds like some late night hipster hot spot comes the low rumble of a piano, like an

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	The Firesign Theatre: Waiting for the Electrician or Someone Like Him

 NATIONAL LAMPOON (1973)(Decca Broadway/Universal Classics)US release date: 25 September 2001 (re-release) by Matt Cibula firesigntheatre-reissues.jpg :. e-mail this article:. print this article:.

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	Aerosmith: Young Lust: The Aerosmith Anthology

In recent years, it appears that record companies have done everything and anything possible to ensure longstanding artists or those on the wane continue to

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	SushiRobo: Drawings and Garbage Structures

Babe, I dig your sound! No really, I’m not just saying that. It’s so—how should I put this—original! What do you

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31 Mar 2002 // 1:00 AM

Czech New Wave film was able to hold up a mirror to the other side of the Iron Curtain, and to demystify the influence of the West.

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29 Mar 2002 // 1:00 AM

Reverend Horton Heat Nashville Pussy As I arrive at the Irving Plaza just a few minutes before Nashville Pussy are to begin their show, I

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29 Mar 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T 51 PhantomSugartownLord Have MercyFreedom HighwayShake Em On DownThe Thrill Is GoneUp Over YonderSnakes in My BushesDrinking Muddy

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29 Mar 2002 // 1:00 AM

OK, imagine this. You’re standing in the beautiful Aragon Ballroom in Chicago watching the latest hyped multimedia event. You’d right click on the

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29 Mar 2002 // 1:00 AM

Driving, driving, driving. Listening to music and driving. Driving, driving, missing the exit off I-495 and driving. You’d think there’d be more signage

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29 Mar 2002 // 1:00 AM

Brown Sugar & the Emperor of Wyoming Songbirds of the rock era have never had it easy in the pop arena. Some, like Joni Mitchell,

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	Henri Salvador: Room with a View

You can’t avoid it. I’ve tried to listen to this as a standard album and to judge it accordingly. It can’t be

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	The Mountain Goats: All Hail West Texas

There’s something to be said for perseverance. For the better part of the last 10 years, John Darnielle, AKA The Mountain Goats (yes, we know,

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