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Thursday, January 30 2003

Various Artists: Hey, Bo Diddley!: A Tribute

This is, at least, an original way to pay homage to that great American named Ellas McDaniel, who is also known as Bo Diddley, and

Robert Pollard: Motel of Fools

The more time you spend with Motel of Fools, the more all of these feelings of incompleteness begin to make sense.

Out Hud: S.T.R.E.E.T. D.A.D.

Hearing dub for the first time in any surroundings is a unique experience, since the musical qualities of the genre have two separate (and, let’

The Orb: Back to Mine

A good music mix goes beyond the ego that all too often clouds the judgment of artists as they assemble tracks for their album releases.

Elton John: Greatest Hits 1970-2002

It feels pretty pointless to recount Elton John’s achievements. You know how many hits Elton John has had. You know which songs of his

The Hot Club of Cowtown: Ghost Train

Never has a band been more aptly named than the Hot Club of Cowtown. They are one part Django Reinhardt’s and Stephane Grappelli’s

Cabaret Voltaire: The Original Sound of Sheffield ‘78/‘82 Best Of

Wait a sec, aren’t there two original sounds of Sheffield? On the one hand, you had Def Leppard, a buncha sloppy, hungry teenagers who

The Aluminum Group: Happyness

It’s hard to get excited about a band like the Aluminum Group. Their lush little bliss-pop ditties are so breezy, so innocuous, so squeaky-clean,

The Recruit (2003)

For all its protests to the contrary, in this movie, everything is exactly what it seems.

It All Starts Today (Ca Commence Aujourd’hui) (2000)

So physically vigorous is It All Starts Today that at times, it resembles an action picture staged before blackboards and on playgrounds.

Final Destination 2 (2003)

The casualties are the film's raison d'etre -- the more incredible and creative, the better.

Bounty Dog (1994)

There's much more going on 'outside' of the film . . . than inside it.

Wednesday, January 29 2003

Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players

The family that plays together stays together. Those that caught Seattle-to-New York rock family émigrés the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players during their

Taj Mahal Trio

My brother and I walk into a sea of Wisconsin blues fanatics. These people are hardcore, dude: everyone, from the grey-ponytailed men and women whirling

Hot Hot Heat + The Walkmen

I’m supposed to tell you about Hot Hot Heat. I’m supposed to drop smug, all-knowing categorizations. Like “prog-rock.” Or “mod-rock.” Or “retro-punk.” Or “

Steve Earle and The Dukes

Barreling through like hillbilly rebels being chased by a fleet of flag-stamped SUVs, Steve Earle and company supplied rocking ruminations on peace, love and understanding

Tuesday, January 28 2003

Various Artists: Cookbook CD: Libro de Cucina y Musica

Let’s say you’re Mario Hernandez. You used to be half of indie hero act Ciao Bella with your high school buddy Jamie McCormick,

Various Artists: Driving in the Rain 3AM; Songs to Get Lost With

There are always those moments where, suddenly, the body warms effortlessly, muscles unknot, and breathing becomes slow and steady. There is an almost euphoric feeling,

The Who: Live at Leeds

The live rock ‘n’ roll album has never gotten a lot of respect. Conventional wisdom says that a rock show is best experienced in the

The Sights: Got What We Want

Despite the attention that’s been refocused on the Motor City since the ascendancy of the White Stripes as critical and popular darlings, many of

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