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Tuesday, May 14 2002

Alanis Morissette: Under Rug Swept

How, at first, disconcerting it is to hear Alanis Morissette, the queen of late ‘90s, angst-ridden folk rock, sing about parties, dancing and boys. If


Various Artists: Pure 90’s

The other day, for the umpteenth time, I saw a VH1 special on the ‘90s. Given that the network prides itself on repackaging pop culture


Violet Indiana: Casino

This might not be the most fair way to begin a review, but I’m not the only one that felt that there were times


Sade: Lovers Live

There are not a lot of crescendos in Sade’s music. No bells, whistles or trumpets-literally or figuratively. Not a lot of screaming, testifying or


St. Germain: Boulevard: New Version, the Complete Series

Lots of artists have endeavored to combine elements of jazz and house, but no one has done it as seamlessly as St. Germain’s Ludovic


Millencolin: Home From Home

Swedish punkers Millencolin made quite the breakthrough with their last record, Pennybridge Pioneers. On their first three records, changes to their sound were hardly noticeable,


McBride and The Ride: Amarillo Sky

There’s an irony in “Amarillo Sky”, the first song and title track of McBride and The Ride’s fourth album after a nearly 10-year


Donna the Buffalo: Live from the American Ballroom

Yeah, Donna the Buffalo are a jam band, a designation that conjures up images of tie-dies, a dancing style that was surely born on a


Elvis Costello: When I Was Cruel

A sticker on the front of the CD of Elvis Costello’s new album When I Was Cruel reads “Elvis Costello’s first loud album


Monday, May 13 2002

You Know Better by Tina McElroy Ansa

Though definitely Southern in tone, 'You Know Better' delves into core problems currently plaguing the African-American community across the country. Never mind that Mulberry is a small-town; the issues addressed are rampant from New York to Chicago to Los Angeles.


Spy’s Fate by Arnaldo Correa

Correa's 'Spy's Fate' is a must for any spy novel enthusiast. Beyond this, the book is an important political statement, and being written in a Cuban voice, it is an amazing one.


Movie Love in the Fifties by James Harvey

Harvey wishes to illustrate how by appealing to and then upsetting the kinds of emotional allegiance audiences give to established cinematic conventions, a more complex and compelling kind of affection emerges, one drawn by oddity and extremity and not the tried and true.


Lucky Man: A Memoir by Michael J. Fox

Fox's book is not just another Hollywood cry for attention hidden in the form of an autobiography. Though he may be known primarily for his work as actor, movies and movie making are not why Fox put pen to paper.


Boulevard by Jim Grimsley

The book transcends the basic coming-out narrative by entering into a near fantasy world in which Newell never has to confront society.


Thursday, May 9 2002

Jonathan Richman: Action Packed: The Best of Jonathan Richman

Oh! JoJo. No one with a heart could fail to succumb to the eccentric charms of America’s most sincere songwriter. Probably one of the


Lonesome Bob: Things Change

The first time you listen to Things Change, you start trying to nestle it into neat little categories. It’s straight country. It’s country-rock


Knievel: The Name Rings a Bell That Drowns Out Your Voice

If you’ve never heard the band Knievel, you might think, because of their name, that they’re some kind of flashy, spectacular punk rock


Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Plastic Fang

After a pretty lengthy hiatus, I’d like to say that the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion are finally ready to talk about the blues again,


Denali: self-titled

Denali’s lead singer, Maura Davis, has an extraordinary voice. When I first heard it live a couple of weeks ago (Denali recently opened for


Will Downing: Sensual Journey

For much of his career, Will Downing has comfortably fit in as the working man’s Luther Vandross. Not given to Vandross’ flair and not


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