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September 2009

August Left Our World a Poorer Place x2

Remembering Joe Maneri and Rashied Ali


Ready for the World - “Oh Sheila”

Sometimes imitation breeds excellence.


“Radical Jewish Culture” Redux

Yoshie Fruchter convincingly distills the essence of jazz improvisation into his rock-meets-klezmer workouts.


Verse-Chorus-Verse: the innocence mission

Pop Heroism, One Song at a Time


One Hit Wonder: Timex Social Club

In the summer of 1986, Timex Social Club ruled radio with "Rumors".


Hüsker Dü: New Day Rising

One of the foundations of the alternative rock genre, Hüsker Dü's best album is a vital, hook-laden work that deserves far greater recognition.


Hipster Hating with My First Earthquake

A San Francisco band calling itself My First Earthquake is akin to a Philadelphia band picking a name like I *Heart* Cheesesteaks—so obvious that


Unconditional Love: Soul Music Bites Back

Pontificating on the words behind the meaning behind such words as: "Now that it’s raining more than ever / Know that we’ll still have each other / You can stand under my umbrella, ella-ella-ay-ay-ay".


Hole: Pretty on the Inside

Let us put aside for a moment, the media hoopla that has surrounded Courtney Love over the last 15 or so years, hard as that may


Bad Lieutenant - “Sink or Swim”

This past week saw the public debut of material by Bad Lieutenant, as the band uploaded the track “Sink or Swim” on its MySpace page.


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