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Monday, September 30 2002

The Kaisers: Shake Me!

Knowing Merseybeat enthusiasts everywhere must have breathed a sigh of relief upon the release of the Kaisers’ fifth studio album earlier this year. While the

Kekuhi: Honey-Boy

In truth, to a European living on mainland USA, Honey Boy is not an easy album to listen to, at least initially. Hawaiian vocal styles

The Kickovers: Osaka

What happens when you get a bunch of musicians from big name groups who feel the need to carry on in their own way and

Without a Trace

Insofar as it depicts agents who think and verify before acting, Without a Trace unexpectedly provides an antidote to the current media crime-fighting frenzy.

The Twilight Zone

The most recent tales from the Zone suggest it can again become a venue for investigating contemporary cultural and moral dilemmas.

Survivor: Thailand

Ever helpful, Jeff Probst reminded everyone that, on Survivor, assumptions are always wrong.

Presidio Med

Diverges from ER in that it is, oddly, more conservative.


It's life-changing redemption all the way, at the hands of a flawed saint who can instruct us all.

Half and Half

Dealing with complicated familial history, rather than relying on man-chasing for every plot, will set Half and Half apart.

Good Morning, Miami

Focuses on an irresistibly cute couple whose lives are complicated by their hormones and their over-the-top coworkers.

8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter

What makes the show slightly twisted is the knowledge that only a few years ago, John Ritter would have been playing one of his daughters' sex-obsessed suitors.

C.S.I.: Miami


Thursday, September 26 2002

Various Artists: Pure 80’s: The DVD

Blame MTV. On August 1, 1981 MTV went on the air, changing music (marketing) forever. Punk was still making parents everywhere cringe, and new wave was in

Various Artists: Secret Ellington

The title’s a bit of tease, really. These aren’t hitherto undiscovered Ellington recordings nor are they a side of the great composer that

The Who: My Generation (Deluxe Edition)

Maximum R&B. No other phrase associated with the Who, not even the more frequently quoted “hope I die before I get old”, more

James Taylor: October Road

“The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time.”—James Taylor These words from a song of long ago (1977, a quarter century for the

Shalabi Effect: The Trial of St-Orange

I am a fairly generous music writer, I think; I’m open to a lot of different music, and I try to accept each record

Charlie Parker: Best of The Complete Live Performances on Savoy

If, as is incontrovertibly the case, Charlie Parker is the most influential figure in post-war jazz and if, as we are always told, it was

Papa Noel and Papi Oviedo: Bana Congo

Many African artists such as Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca, Gnonnas Pedro, and Africando play the Afro-Cuban influenced rhythms known as Congolese rumba. Also, there

Syl and Jimmy Johnson: 2 Johnsons Are Better Than One

Hailing from Holly Springs, Mississippi and raised in Chicago, the Johnsons are called the real live blues brothers. Syl and Jimmy Johnson have finally recorded

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