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Thursday, February 27 2003

Various Artists: The Essential George Gershwin

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the name George Gershwin? “Rhapsody in Blue”? An American in Paris? Perhaps Porgy And

Waxwing: Nobody Can Take What Everybody Owns

While they may have a strong following in Seattle, Waxwing is a relatively unknown band. Tragic really, considering their homegrown brand of rough and ready

Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing Trio: In Full Swing

If there is one complaint that can be made about Mark O’Connor, and more or less everything that he does, it is that he

Jesse Malin: The Fine Art of Self Destruction

Weird little surprises like this album are the things you live for as a music fan. It’s one thing to have high expectations for

Kaada: Thank You For Giving Me Your Valuable Time

Every once in a while, you come across a CD that so strange, so unlike anything you have ever heard before, that when you try

Eddie Harris: A Tale of Two Cities

Jazz, like any other art form, is a many-leveled thing. You can easily compile the A-list: Miles, ‘Trane, Monk, Mingus, Bird, etc., and probably a

Har Mar Superstar: You Can Feel Me

It’s great fun trying to pin down Har Mar Superstar. Is he the real deal, or just an indie-rock hipster’s snide send-up of

Gigolo Aunts: Pacific Ocean Blues

This is as smooth and even a musical offering as the temperate climes of sunny California, and I guess that’s kind of the point

Kathleen Edwards: Failer

First off, is Kathleen Edwards worth the hype? After all, this is her debut album and she’s already garnering serious comparisons to Lucinda Williams.

Jerry Cantrell: Degradation Trip Volumes 1 & 2

Up until April 2002, hope sprang eternal for the Alice in Chains fan. The band, one of the finest to emerge from the early 1990s Seattle

Wednesday, February 26 2003

My Uncle Jeff

Hurd's debut work is a powerful document of family relations and the feelings that go along with them.

Fantastic Four: Unstable Molecules #1-2

In 'Unstable Molecules', the group that started it all back in the early 1960s, 'The Fantastic Four', is reinvented for a new century. The question is if that's necessarily a good thing.

Matt the Electrician

Come Into My House House concerts are apparently a bona fide phenomenon. Everyone from National Public Radio to the New York Times has yammered on

David Gray

Criticizing David Gray is easy. It’s simple to make the argument that his songs are ubiquitous. Or that he doesn’t look like a

Flin Flon + Plus/Minus + The Forms

Flin Flon Plus/Minus It was no surprise that the music of the ‘80s would come back. The only question was what form the return

Dismemberment Plan + Les Savy Fav + The Damn Personals

Dismemberment Plan Les Savy Fav S E T    L I S T The Face of the EarthTime BombBraSecret CurseThe CityGirl O’ClockCome HomeChange

Blues Goblins (featuring Sam Coomes of Quasi)

Sam Coomes is a man possessed. He’s a sorcerer, a conduit for ancient haunted spirits. He’s chased by the same devil that hunted

The Photograph by Penelope Lively

This desire to know and to accept that knowing is the only possible way forward is the theme tackled by Penelope Lively in her latest novel.

On This Day by Nathaniel Bellows

A beautifully written but ultimately unsatisfying novel about the trappings of life and the artifice of friendship.

The Long Silence of Mario Salviati by Etienne van Heerden

Carefully and meticulously, van Heerden chronicles the notion of apartheid and its effect the inhabitants of Yearsonend.

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