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Wednesday, October 23 2002

The Power of a Partner: Creating and Maintaining Healthy Gay and Lesbian Relationships by Richard L.

What makes this book stand out among other self-help guides is its limitless acceptance of all types of readers and all types of practices. . . .


New Hollywood Cinema: An Introduction by Geoff King

King strips Hollywood bare of its glitz and glamour and unravels the main, and sadly, perhaps, even the only driving force of Hollywood, namely . . . profit margins . . .


Lynyrd Skynyrd: Remembering the Free Birds of Southern Rock by Gene Odom with Frank Dorman

America is currently besieged by a national campaign that places the Lynyrd Skynyrd and its music front and center in the pop cultural consciousness. . . .


In the Hand of Dante by Nick Tosches

Every so often, literature's long-forgotten greats make a comeback and entrench themselves within popular culture. This time, it's Dante Alighieri.


Tuesday, October 22 2002

Red Hot Chili Peppers: By the Way

So 40 looks good on the Red Hot Chili Peppers after all. They are older, wiser, and anything but dull.


The Paybacks: Knock Loud

Detroit’s always been a rockin’ city, right? Sure, or else there wouldn’t have been that song “Detroit Rock City” penned long ago by


Lisa Loeb: Hello Lisa

Lisa Loeb is among the rarest of musical treasures: an intelligent singer/songwriter who made it to the top based solely on her ability, rather


Guy: Groove Me: The Very Best of Guy

Back when slow jams and party rap were polar opposites in the world of black music, creating a style that could create a bridge between


Miles Davis: In a Silent Way (Deluxe Edition) [Original Recording Remastered]

The reason a lot of people don’t like post swing era jazz is the same reason they don’t like a lot of supposedly


Al Di Meola: Flesh on Flesh

How does Al Di Meola manage it? He is surely the Dinosaur of Dinosaurs. A ‘70s guitar “God” who still plays jazz-rock in the new


The Capricorns: In the Zone

With teen pop, then soul crooners, and finally garage rock making comebacks, it was probably inevitable that a resurgence of synth pop was on the


Monday, October 21 2002

Would-Be-Goods: Brief Lives

Would-Be-Goods is essentially the nom de plume of Jessica Griffin, who supplies vocals and guitars on Brief Lives, her musical outlet’s third full-length. Griffin


Tarwater: Dwellers on the Threshold

What is up with the Germans these days? While George W. Bush is going all warrior-god and Don Rumsfeld looks like he’s always humming “


The Stone Roses: self-titled

The Stone Roses is an album where everything was on the money. From the opening rumblings of “I Wanna Be Adored”, it was a declaration of intent from four men who knew they were better than what had gone before them and knew they had created something special.


Rosey: Dirty Child

Let me first admit that I’m not a music snob when it comes to pop music. In fact, I used to scare my indie


Railroad Earth: Bird in the House

Musical categories are a less-than-perfect short cut used by lazy reviewers to describe a band and it’s music. In a short review, I would


Rubyhorse: Rise

Back in mid-August, 2000, a neat little MP3 file started making the rounds on the net that featured an unknown Boston band who had managed to


Of Montreal: Aldhills Arboretum

Until now Of Montreal’s universe kept getting bigger from album to album. While they started on their 1997 debut Cherry Peel as a one-person band,


Von Freeman: The Improvisor

It’s become one of the truisms of jazz that Chicago tenor saxophonist Von Freeman is under-recorded. Some would also say underrated, but only in


Dave’s True Story: Dave’s True Story - The 2002 Version

Sometimes success comes full-circle, and no matter how much you achieve over time, you wind up back where you started. For Dave’s True Story,


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