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Sunday, December 2 2001

Ploughshares: The Literary Journal at Emerson College

While this is a noble endeavor and one that makes for a wonderful eclecticism from one issue to the next, it also means occasionally taking the bad eggs with the good.

North American Review: PopMatters Literary Journal Review

Since its inception, the 'North American Review' has been a journal with a reputation for strong 'literary' writing.

Friday, November 30 2001

John Hiatt and the Goners

“I‘m not thinking ahead / I’m just getting there / And if you want / You can help me steer”, states John Hiatt matter-of-factly during an

Thursday, November 29 2001

Goldfrapp: 30 Nov 2001 - Los Angeles

Most Americans haven't heard of them, but in Britain, the press has spent the past year gushing over Goldfrapp, and rightly so.

Coldplay / JJ72

Coldplay JJ72 The Empire Strikes Back 4.45 pm: Yours truly is speaking on BBC Radio 5 about the band Creed. That’s the focus of the show,

Tuesday, November 27 2001

Various Artists: Parasol’s Sweet Sixteen Volume 4

In the world of dining and drinking there are usually two types of “sampler” platter. The first is an eclectic mix of the menu’s

The Steamkings: Marmalized

Ah, to be young, British, in a band, contemplating love and frequently drinking. This is the innocent mayhem that fuels the creative fire that is

Monday, November 26 2001

Various Artists: Cinemaphonic: Soul Punch—A Selection of British Library Music 1970-1976

With perhaps the most misleading label to ever be applied to a particular genre, library music was music originally recorded with the intention of being

The Witch Hazel Sound: This World, Then the Fireworks…

You hear it right away in the opening strains of the lead track, “Music Becomes Vibration”. A buzzing hum rises in your headphones, then an

The Melody Unit: Choose Your Own Adventure

In these hectic times of business-as-usual during heightened alert, music has proven a steady refuge throughout. It’s my pleasure to report that The Melody

Hadacol: All in Your Head

In the ‘40s, Hadacol was a phenomenally popular and equally strong alcoholic elixir that sponsored Hank Williams’ radio show. It’s safe to say that

Fin Fang Foom: Texture, Structure, and the Condition of Moods

Fin Fang Foom (yes, they are indeed named after the Marvel Comics character) are a band who don’t want to be labeled “math rock”,

Tuesday, November 20 2001

Spy Game (2001)

The film's assumptions about the Agency, are, in a word, Before September 11, before top secret government agencies (CIA, FBI, etc.) were revealed as not doing what they've been pretending to be doing all thi

Monday, November 19 2001

Various Artists: Hey Punk . . .  Get Riddim!

Hey Punk . . . Get Riddim! is one high-concept compilation. As its title and cover art suggest, the disc is a sampling of reggae and dancehall tracks

    Jill Scott: Experience: Jill Scott 826+

Jill Scott steps up with some 'grown woman' music that is sure to further solidify her position as one of the most accomplished purveyors of what Sista Stone calls 'Real Soul Music'.

Sting:  . . . All This Time

If you’ve been fortunate to see the special behind-the-scenes documentary that coincided with the album, you may find this album to be lacking a

    Pink: M!ssundaztood

This very well may be the album that turns the whole plastic teen pop/bubblegum/TRL video diva franchise on its ear and send it

John Leguizamo: Live

Skeletons in the family closet? Sexual deviances in your personality? Or maybe deeply hidden entanglements of both? All come to light in the commentary on

Kid Rock: Cocky

It was Elvis Costello who once said “America is the only country that thinks this way about rock ‘n’ roll. Everywhere else it’s just

Sarah Dougher: The Bluff

A quick background check on Sarah Dougher finds that she teaches Greek and Roman Literature, and holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. She wrote

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