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Wednesday, September 18 2002

Jazzanova + Koop

Jazzanova Koop I can’t dance. Bad dancers know that I can’t dance and tell me so. If you entered me in a dance-off


Goo Goo Dolls + Third Eye Blind + Vanessa Carlton

Goo Goo Dolls Third Eye Blind Vanessa Carlton First of all, it was hot. That’s all there is to say. Daytime temperatures had reached 95, 96


Doves

S E T    L I S T PoundingThere Goes the FearSea SongWordsNew YorkThe Man Who Told EverythingSatellitesCatch the SunThe Last BroadcastCaught By the


Tuesday, September 17 2002

The Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground & Nico

“Anyone should be able to play these songs, that’s what I like about them.” —Lou Reed The Velvet Underground & Nico is one of


Tuuli: Here We Go

As the story goes, Craig McCracken, creator of the Powerpuff Girls, was taking an animation class, complete with a final project. McCracken noticed that most


Lloyd Price: The Best of Lloyd Price (20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection)

In 1952, when he was only 19 years old, Lloyd Price cut a record titled “Lawdy Miss Clawdy”. Having written the melody originally for a radio advert,


Mike Phillips: You Have Reached Mike Phillips

This is the best soft-jazz saxophone album that will be released this year. If you love soft-jazz saxophone albums, you’ve either already purchased You


Brad Mehldau: Largo

Brad Mehldau’s piano skills (particularly when showcased by his The Art of the Trio sequence) have seen him branded stylistically as an approximate Bill


Beachwood Sparks: Make the Cowboy Robots Cry

What could have been an attempt at seamlessness, sounded instead like perpetually lost momentum. Here’s to hoping the next release stakes out bolder ground.


Ariane (a.k.a. Ari of the Slits): Ariane

There are basically two camps of aging punk rockers. First are those who continue to make music that rarely rivals their previous successes (Joe Strummer,


Aalacho: self-titled

It was bound to happen. After a few years of bands cribbing from all sorts of ‘80s musical styles, most notably ska and New Wave,


Monday, September 16 2002

Young People: self-titled

What’s immediately striking about this release on first inspection is that it looks (on compact disc, anyway) like a gift from a friend: the


Omar Sosa: Sentir

Omar Sosa is (yet another) talented Cuban pianist. However don’t expect variations on Chucho Valdes or Tony Perez. In fact, don’t expect anything


Roy Rogers: Slideways

Roy . . . Boy! Here he is about to put out a brand new record, and this recalcitrant is just now getting around to reviewing his last


Pole Position: XO

Sometimes you find beauty in the strangest places. Pole Position’s XO is an entrancing debut album born from the bastion of enlightenment known as


Maroon 5: Songs About Jane

Hey, what could be stranger than a band mimicking the sound of Jamiroquai, with just a bit of dilution? After all, that band diluted the


Mr. Lif: I Phantom

Right now, Mr. Lif is just about the uncoolest rapper on the planet. First of all, he’s actually skilled on the microphone and highly


Fury: Resurrection

Hardcore kids have a nasty habit of anointing legend status on any band that happened to release a seven-inch before 1995. If said band happened to


Monday Night Football

John Madden is a master narrator of a football game. Amid the grunting and groaning of the linemen, the staccato rhymes of the cheerleaders, and the screaming of thousands of fans, his commentary comes through with a clarity that gives shape and meaning to the sound and fury that plays out on our television sets.


Using the Force: Creativity, Community and Star Wars Fans by Will Brooker

For as much as Lucasfilms would like to be in control over its content, 'Star Wars' has grown too big to fit inside of Lucas' universe anymore. Nearly everyone alive today has a 'Star Wars' story to tell.


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