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Monday, August 12 2002

Peter Tosh: reissues

Every music writer has his or her favorite Underrated Artist, and mine happens to be Peter Tosh. I should probably pick someone more obscure for


31 Knots: A Word Is Also a Picture of a Word

They say first impressions are always important. I say first impressions are bogus. At least in this music business. For one could take a listen


16 Horsepower: Folklore

16 Horsepower is, in seven sentence fragments or less: pure bluegrass. Johnny Cash. A midnight field, full moon. The crackle of campfire on a dark mountainside.


Liars: They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top

Led by too much hype and too little talent, New York’s rock ‘n’ roll scene—the one that had been dead for a while—


Danny Frankel: Vibration of Sound

It is almost worth buying this record simply to disprove the claim that, in this increasingly corporate age, individualised, experimental music is a thing of


Calliope: Braille

On Braille, Calliope’s fourth album, the Michigan quartet tries to throw in a good bit of everything. There’s folky twang, melodic pop sheen,


Bis: Plastique Nouveau

People who watch The Cartoon Network regularly listen to Bis; they’re the band playing the theme song to the Powerpuff Girls. With the wonderfully


Friday, August 9 2002

XXX (2002)

Xander is a bad ass with a heart of gold.


24 Hour Party People (2001)

Tony Wilson lived for the explosive moment.


Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams (2002)

Juni and Carmen's perspective, part convincingly ingenuous and part movie-kid calculated, organizes the film's general view of things.


Punchline (1988)

Explores a dark side of stand-up comedy, but relies on stereotypes rather than shedding new light on the subject.


The Good Girl (2002)

Into Justine's black hole of a routine walks Holden glowering, self-consciously poetic, urgent.


Contract Killer (Sat sau ji wong) (1998)

A diluted reissue of Tung Wai's Hitman.


Blood Work (2002)

PULL.


Thursday, August 8 2002

The The: Infected / Mind Bomb

I love the current trend of record labels re-mixing, re-packaging, and re-releasing my favorite albums from middle and high school in order to win my


Ralph Stanley: self-titled

At night strange light will appear in marshes that flitters and dances for a few moments before it disappears. Known as will o’ the wisps,


Bruce Springsteen: The Rising

If you’re looking for classic Springsteen, look no farther than “Further On (Up the Road)”, a rocker about companionship fueled by three guitars, a


Future Sound of London: The Isness

Brian Dougans and Garry “Gaz” Cobain came together in the early 1990s to form an out-there techno duo called the Future Sound of London. Their


Earth, Wind and Fire: The Essential Earth, Wind and Fire

Note: Tracks in bold are compiled on The Essential Earth, Wind, and Fire More than any group during the 1970s, Earth, Wind, and Fire negotiated


DJ Shadow: The Private Press

Talk about spreading yourself thin. First, you release a landmark track, “In/Flux”, that more or less inspires countless beat junkies and critics to claim


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