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3 Nov 2002 // 1:00 AM

Two Friends (1986)

A poignant expression of a friendship past exhaustion.

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3 Nov 2002 // 1:00 AM

Tabu (1931)

Call it Paul Gaughin's Romeo and Juliet.

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3 Nov 2002 // 1:00 AM

Forbidden Relations (1982)

Forbidden Relations reminds us that empathy and aesthetics can be synonymous.

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3 Nov 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Collector (1965)

The claustrophobic dramatization of the troubling encounter between a quiet sociopath and the woman he has confined in his ornate basement.

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[W]ithin the context of hip-hop music and culture the killing of Jam Master Jay is comparable to someone walking up to Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin and shooting them in the head. It is cultural treason.

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31 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Simon and Garfunkel: Live in New York, 1967

Some music is an aural snapshot of a time and place. In it, I can hear, taste, feel, see a bygone age. Simon and Garfunkel

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	Smokey Robinson & the Miracles: Ooo Baby: The Anthology

Forget about The Big Chill for a minute; the songs of Motown are not considered classics just because of the nostalgia of baby boomers. I’

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31 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers: The Last DJ

Tom Petty hates the record industry, Chuck D hates authority, and John Lydon hates just about everything. But while Public Enemy and Public Image Ltd.

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	Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstars: Brotherhood of Brass

You’ve heard Frank London play trumpet. Even if you’ve never heard anything by the Klezmatics; even if you never heard his Klezmer Brass

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31 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Jacobites: The Ragged School

Back in the mid-1990s, when Pavement were the darling buds on the thriving indie rock azalea bush, one name that was tossed out as

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	Dave Hollister: Things in the Game Done Changed

Dave Hollister’s new disc is titled Things in the Game Done Changed and Hollister, for sure, changed the game when he dropped his solo

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31 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Guy Clark: The Dark

Guy Clark builds guitars in his basement. This hideaway beneath his Texas home is also where he crafts the dusty, country melodies revered (and covered)

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	Daniel Bedingfield: Gotta Get Thru This

On the liner notes inside Daniel Bedingfield’s debut release, Gotta Get Thru This, the singer writes, “The blazing beauty of a tree, or the

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	Badly Drawn Boy: Have You Fed the Fish?

Both of Badly Drawn Boy’s full-length albums begin the same way. There’s the rush of esotericism right away, the musical equivalent to gibberish,

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The Truth About Charlie (2002)

It conjures a perverse and giddy grace.

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31 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Santa Clause 2 (2002)

Given that it's a generically family/holiday film, The Santa Clause 2 has nothing new to say about anything.

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31 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Russian Ark (Russkij kovcheg) (2002)

The film's high-tech artistic fantasies elide completely the historical roots and contemporary realities of global capitalism and terrorism.

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31 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

I Spy (2002)

The basic opposition between sheepish Alex and suave Kelly sets up a series of trivial conflicts, some less tedious than others.

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31 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Grey Zone (2002)

This crepuscular work offers the most realistic depiction of the infernal workings of a Nazi death camp ever seen in a fiction film.

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31 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Frida (2002)

Julie Taymor's Frida pulses with color.

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Bowling for Columbine (2002)

Why are people scared? This question lies at the heart of Michael Moore's filmic essay on gun violence in the United States.

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30 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

America’s two most-slobbered-over-by-the-British-music-press rock locales met once again last Thursday when New York garage rockers the Yeahs Yeah Yeahs made their first appearance in

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30 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

DJ team 2 Many DJs are also known as a band called Soulwax, headed by two Belgian brothers who were known in their native Europe as

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30 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Marquee Club recently re-opened in its new north London surroundings with an opening night full of the usual tabloid celebs. Lucky for us, then,

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30 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

The cycles of reverent nostalgia keep getting smaller and smaller. In the ‘50s, post-war America dealt with its restlessness by projecting back a century to

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30 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Beck The Flaming Lips The word “hip” is defined as “being aware or informed about current goings on.” In the world of popular music, the “

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. . . Manga is a perfect example of what the comic medium can become: it is as omnipresent as television in its home country and has been likened to air itself, in that it permeates every facet of contemporary cultural life.

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30 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

. . . improvisation with materials that represent throwaway elements of our day-to-day existence is par for the course, both visually and economically.

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30 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

. . . I've come across more than a few hip-hop generation artists and intellectuals who are beginning to show strains of gray in their locks, twists, beards, and fades.

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30 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Sure enough, before the soup arrives the band of young, shaggy musicians is working hard to blow the breadbaskets off the dinner tables.

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30 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

The myths of the Summer of Love, Haight-Ashbury, and the cafes and bars of North Beach where the Beats proved that anyone incapable of rhyming poetry was cool, continuously lure thousands who cling to the nostalgia the city offers so readily.

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The Uncanny: Experiments in Cyborg Culture by Bruce Grenville, Editor

It's a lucid look at the fears that plague academics everywhere...Will I lose tenure to an intelligent toaster oven?"

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30 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Three Daughters by Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Pogrebin shows a flair for characterization that many seasoned novelists can't match.

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30 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

In the Metro by Marc Augé

Riding the metro is...a journey taken in accompanied solitude, a voyage through space and through a kind of geographically mapped collective unconscious.

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30 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Amazonia by James Rollins

. . . offers you escape, and more than that, you'll learn something new, which your Mama always told you to do every day . . .

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	Various Artists: The Blues White Album

The idea behind Telarc’s Beatles tribute The Blues White Album was a pretty good one. After all, The White Album was the most blues-tinged

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	Various Artists: Andrew Lloyd Webber: Gold - The Definitive Hits Collection

“So there He was on a waterbed / Drinking a cola of a mystery brand / Reading an airport novelette / Listening to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Requiem /

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	10cc: The Best of 10cc (20th Century Masters)

That the group’s more offbeat tracks sound rather dated today is testament to their “art rock” credentials. A song like “Life Is a Minestrone”

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	Thievery Corporation: The Richest Man in Babylon

For guys who grew up on a steady diet of DC punk, the Pixies and music rougher than the type of stuff you might find

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	Mark Mallman: The Red Bedroom

Although from Milwaukee, it would appear that Mark Mallman has more Minneapolis blood in his veins than that of his Wisconsin hometown. Originally the lead

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29 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Metro Area: self-titled

One of the biggest beefs that both critics and the public seemed to have in the late 1970s was about the “processed” or “artificial” sounds

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	Blevin Blectum: Talon Slalom

“Come and take a trip in my rocketship,” goes a vocal sample used as a sort-of hook on one track on Talon Slalom, a solo

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28 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Plush: Fed

“You know, it’s not bad, but couldn’t he get someone else to sing?I like the horns a lot, but it’s kind

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28 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Andrea Perry: Two

Objectivity is a difficult task, made even more so when fondness for an artist might cloud one’s perspective. Still, I am compelled to gush

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28 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

Mansun: Six

This is inspired dementia from start to finish. Some would be tempted to call it a concept album, but, honestly, there’s too much going on for there to be a coherent concept.

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28 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Tommy Lee: Never a Dull Moment

In the recent best-selling, tell-all Mötley Crüe biography The Dirt, vocalist Vince Neil said of his former bandmate Tommy Lee: “Whatever is in,

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28 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Kansas: The Ultimate Kansas

At first glance, it’s hard to take the title of this two-disc compilation, The Ultimate Kansas, very seriously. Particularly when it’s a matter

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28 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Ben Folds: Ben Folds Live

October 1997, Vic Theatre, Chicago. I’m in the balcony with my two best friends and wife-to-be, watching Ben Folds Five positively tear the place down. “

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28 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Extra Glenns: Martial Arts Weekend

One thing you can say about John Darnielle is that he’s done things his own way. Aside from his work as one half of

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28 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	EchoBrain: self-titled

I’m probably one of the few remaining fans from Metallica’s relatively early days who still liked the band three years ago. True, Metallica

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	Dave Matthews Band: Busted Stuff

Seems the small Pennsylvania town of Hershey is not only famous for its chocolate. It’s also got its fair share of Dave Matthews Band

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	Conya Doss: Poem About Ms. Doss

Though the folks at corporate don’t seem to know it yet, neo-soul is out and real soul music is in again. This is not

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28 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

This past weekend's TV (25-27 Oct 2002) has been rife with efforts to describe, reframe, and sensationalize the sniper story.

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	Matthew Sweet: To Understand: The Early Recordings of Matthew Sweet

Matthew Sweet fans are of the rabidly devoted type. Ask the typical Matthew Sweet fan about their collection of his material, and they’re likely

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	Supreme Beings of Leisure: Divine Operating System

The Supreme Beings of Leisure take the sophomore slump and drop-kick it into last week on Divine Operating System, the follow-up to the self-titled debut

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24 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Orwell: Following Days

Bonjour monsieurs y madamoiselles and pardon the intrusion, but there’s another French revolution afoot—a subtle one in the world of popular music. Unobtrusively

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24 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	NON: Children of the Black Sun

The story of ambient music’s genesis begins with egg-domed musical dilettante/mentor Brian Eno being struck by a taxi in January 1975. While recuperating in

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24 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Matthew: Everybody Down

Let’s be frank, shall we? Everybody Down is an entirely bland release with no glimmers of individual personality at all. That Matthew is a

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24 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Iron Maiden: Rock in Rio

Earlier this year, I wrote a review of Iron Maiden’s CD release of Rock in Rio, their January, 2001 performance which was recorded for both

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	Herbie Hancock: The Herbie Hancock Box

Herbie Hancock may just be the most comfortable performer ever with the jazz dichotomy between the funky, earthy, gospel-influenced and the lyrical, abstract. He’s

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24 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Charlie Christian: Genius of the Electric Guitar

Just before the Conner McCloud lopped off the bad guys’ head at the end of The Highlander he managed to grunt, “there can be only

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24 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Beck: Sea Change

I admit I was one of those people who didn’t “get” Beck when he first appeared on the scene in the early ‘90s. I

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24 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Take Care of My Cat (2002)

If it breaks no new aesthetic or structural ground, 'Take Care of My Cat' is honest and tender, remarkably specific about girls' experiences.

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24 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Paid in Full (2002)

As familiar as this story sounds (and is), Ace is hardly your usual somebody.

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24 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Ghost Ship (2002)

The best surprise of 'Ghost Ship' is that it's surprisingly good, spooky, fun, and stylish.

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24 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Auto Focus (2002)

Paul Schrader's 'Auto Focus' is, as its title suggests, about self-interest and -obsession.

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23 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Windmills: Sunlight

The Windmills are one of a plethora of British pop bands who have the melodies and harmonies needed to break into the spotlight, but for

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	André Toussaint: Bahamian Ballads: The Songs of André Toussaint

Listeners who know Alan Lomax’s 1935 Bahamian field recordings, or the rhyming spirituals of Bahamian roots artists like the Pinder Family and Joseph Spence (whose

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23 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Rose Smith: Dawn Raiding

“The singer-songwriter imperative is weakened but still with us, providing new voices and nonvoices each year . . .”—Richard Reinhardt Once upon time, as a DJ at

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	Eliades Ochoa: Estoy Como Nunca

Eliades Ochoa appears strolling down the rusted train tracks in his featured segment in Wim Wender’s documentary Buena Vista Social Club. While the other

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23 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Manfred Mann: Classic Masters

The Classic Masters series from EMI/Capitol can be, in some cases, an excellent way of producing a best-of collection for an artist with very

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	Billie Holiday: The Best of Billie Holiday (20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection)

The Best of Billie Holiday 20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection is a wonderful introduction to the artist. Holiday’s musical career spanned the years

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23 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Blur: Parklife

It’s really easy to analyze new releases from every Tom, Dick, and Harry out there. It’s damn hard to write a review of

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	Bikeride: Morning Macumba

The word “cute” is rich with connotations but empty of real aesthetic weight. A critic can bandy the word about only when all other possibilities

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23 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Millions of professionals derive their livelihood, parasitically, from crime.

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23 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Indian Summer that England has been enjoying just ended abruptly, and outside the cold weather is beating London like a ginger-haired stepchild. The front

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23 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

What to say about Steve Albini? I can tell you this much—he never played Texas. I heard someone say once that Albini hates the

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23 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Minimalist composer Steve Reich and his wife, video artist Beryl Korot, gained notoriety in 1993 with their collaboration on the large-scale “documentary video opera” The Cave,

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23 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

It is a curious thing to see a rock show in an opera house. The smoking hipsters are replaced with polite and wholesome-looking theatre-going folk.

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23 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Gomez are the guys living in the apartment below you. The ones who order take-out every night. The ones you borrow music from. You comb

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PeachesPhoto credit: Lisa Kannakko Chicks on SpeedPhoto credit: Michael Lavine Electroclash. Gotta admit, it’s a great tag for a musical movement. Certainly more enticing-sounding

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23 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Ani DifrancoPhoto credits: Jennifer Bendery “If you can’t raise awareness, raise hell” —Rita Mae Brown It was a crisp evening in Austin, Texas, as

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23 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

This celebrity baby boom, as some are calling it, as well as the showing off of bumps by said celebs, has truly put a new glimmer on motherhood.

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The Right Words at the Right Time by Marlo Thomas and Friends

Hollywood Babylon breeds with the 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' series in this book.

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23 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

Pimpnosis by Rob Marriott and Tracy Funches

Our culture's obsession with the world of pimps and prostitutes shows up in odd places.

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The Power of a Partner: Creating and Maintaining Healthy Gay and Lesbian Relationships by Richard L.

What makes this book stand out among other self-help guides is its limitless acceptance of all types of readers and all types of practices. . . .

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23 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

New Hollywood Cinema: An Introduction by Geoff King

King strips Hollywood bare of its glitz and glamour and unravels the main, and sadly, perhaps, even the only driving force of Hollywood, namely . . . profit margins . . .

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Lynyrd Skynyrd: Remembering the Free Birds of Southern Rock by Gene Odom with Frank Dorman

America is currently besieged by a national campaign that places the Lynyrd Skynyrd and its music front and center in the pop cultural consciousness. . . .

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In the Hand of Dante by Nick Tosches

Every so often, literature's long-forgotten greats make a comeback and entrench themselves within popular culture. This time, it's Dante Alighieri.

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22 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

Red Hot Chili Peppers: By the Way

So 40 looks good on the Red Hot Chili Peppers after all. They are older, wiser, and anything but dull.

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22 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Paybacks: Knock Loud

Detroit’s always been a rockin’ city, right? Sure, or else there wouldn’t have been that song “Detroit Rock City” penned long ago by

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22 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Lisa Loeb: Hello Lisa

Lisa Loeb is among the rarest of musical treasures: an intelligent singer/songwriter who made it to the top based solely on her ability, rather

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22 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Guy: Groove Me: The Very Best of Guy

Back when slow jams and party rap were polar opposites in the world of black music, creating a style that could create a bridge between

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	Miles Davis: In a Silent Way (Deluxe Edition) [Original Recording Remastered]

The reason a lot of people don’t like post swing era jazz is the same reason they don’t like a lot of supposedly

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	Al Di Meola: Flesh on Flesh

How does Al Di Meola manage it? He is surely the Dinosaur of Dinosaurs. A ‘70s guitar “God” who still plays jazz-rock in the new

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	The Capricorns: In the Zone

With teen pop, then soul crooners, and finally garage rock making comebacks, it was probably inevitable that a resurgence of synth pop was on the

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22 Oct 2002 // 1:00 AM

What the public and the music industry have forgotten is that the people can still make things happen. The Attack of the Glue Albums may seem like a silly, innocuous act by itself, but it's part of a bigger plan to beat the music buyers into submission. If the music industry doesn't watch it, the buyers are going to rebel, and if that happens, both the labels and the media would lose.

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21 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Would-Be-Goods: Brief Lives

Would-Be-Goods is essentially the nom de plume of Jessica Griffin, who supplies vocals and guitars on Brief Lives, her musical outlet’s third full-length. Griffin

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21 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Tarwater: Dwellers on the Threshold

What is up with the Germans these days? While George W. Bush is going all warrior-god and Don Rumsfeld looks like he’s always humming “

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21 Oct 2002 // 11:00 PM

The Stone Roses: self-titled

The Stone Roses is an album where everything was on the money. From the opening rumblings of “I Wanna Be Adored”, it was a declaration of intent from four men who knew they were better than what had gone before them and knew they had created something special.

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In Defense of the Infinite Universe in 'No Man's Sky'

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"The common cries of disappointment that surround No Man’s Sky stem from the exciting idea of an infinite universe clashing with the harsh reality of an infinite universe.

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