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Monday, November 4 2002

Spring Heel Jack: Amassed

John Coxon and Ashley Wales, the talents behind Spring Heel Jack, have certainly thrown many of their listeners for a loop with their recent outings.

Norfolk & Western: Winter Farewell

This is one of those albums that defies explanation. Why was it made? Who would want to listen to it regularly? What, in God’s

Quincy Jones: Ultimate Collection

It’s rare for a producer by trade to release a best-of collection, but when you have some 27 Grammy Awards with your name on them,

Ron House: Obsessed

There’s something about heartbreak, but when musicians get their hearts broken, they tend to pour out album-length expressions of their pain. Beck’s Sea

MC Paul Barman: Paullelujah!

It’s safe to say there’s never been an album like this one. MC Paul Barman is, first of all, a rapper who can’

BT: 10 Years in the Life

I’m going to try to write about this two-disc compilation without being mean or snarky about it. Believe me, there’s plenty to be

Bon Jovi: Bounce

As a self-proclaimed Bon Jovi obsessive, admitting that the band’s latest album, Bounce, is anything less than a complete thrill is monumentally difficult. Especially

Jane Bunnett, Stanley Cowell, Dewey Redman: Spirituals & Dedications

Soprano saxophonist-flautist Jane Bunnett and trumpeter Larry Cramer are probably best known for their erudite mapping of Afro-Cuban jazz territory. But this prolific husband-and-wife team

The Beatifics: The Way We Never Were

Six years. That’s how long it’s taken Chris Dorn, frontman of the Beatifics, to follow up his magnificent debut How I Learned to

Sunday, November 3 2002

Two Friends (1986)

A poignant expression of a friendship past exhaustion.

Tabu (1931)

Call it Paul Gaughin's Romeo and Juliet.

Forbidden Relations (1982)

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

The Collector (1965)

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

Thursday, October 31 2002

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

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’

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.

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

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

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

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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