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Thursday, September 19 2002

Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002)

Sever grabs the big old gun inside and shoots in exquisite slo-mo. She even works in a hairflip.

Wednesday, September 18 2002

Jucifer: I Name You Destroyer

One of the benefits of being a bona fide indie rock band is that you can cut and paste from other, more firmly established and

DJ Ferry Corsten: Global Trancemissions_02

Ah, the Dutch. The nation that brought us windmills and wooden shoes has also brought us more than its fair share of pounding, hyperkinetic, cheesy

Ernie Cruz Jr.: Portraits

There are times an album comes along which simply has to be played again and again. Ernie Cruz Jr.‘s Portraits is one such album.

Vanessa Carlton: Be Not Nobody

As we get closer and closer to a major Britney backlash as a whole slew of teen girls get a little bit older and reject

James Brown: The Best of James Brown: Volume 2—The ‘70s (20th Century Masters: Millennium Collec

For all his revolutionary screams and squeals, James Brown stopped making groundbreaking grooves a couple of decades ago. Still, the gems that went straight to

Chuck Brodsky: The Baseball Ballads

So there won’t be a baseball strike. The question is, does anyone care? As contract talks dragged on during the last week of August,

Roy Buchanan: The Best of Roy Buchanan (20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection)

It’s undoubtedly true what people say, that guitar great Roy Buchanan was underrated during his lifetime. He was raised in Pixley (great name for

The Walkmen

I’ve begun to worry whether I’m becoming too enthusiastic about music, raving about nearly every band I see and every record I hear


S E T    L I S T Baby Goes to ElevenI Can’t WaitThe Staggering GeniusDo the VampireKeep It Close to MeGimme AnimositySlot

Jazzanova + Koop

Jazzanova Koop I can’t dance. Bad dancers know that I can’t dance and tell me so. If you entered me in a dance-off

Goo Goo Dolls + Third Eye Blind + Vanessa Carlton

Goo Goo Dolls Third Eye Blind Vanessa Carlton First of all, it was hot. That’s all there is to say. Daytime temperatures had reached 95, 96


S E T    L I S T PoundingThere Goes the FearSea SongWordsNew YorkThe Man Who Told EverythingSatellitesCatch the SunThe Last BroadcastCaught By the

Tuesday, September 17 2002

The Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground & Nico

“Anyone should be able to play these songs, that’s what I like about them.” —Lou Reed The Velvet Underground & Nico is one of

Tuuli: Here We Go

As the story goes, Craig McCracken, creator of the Powerpuff Girls, was taking an animation class, complete with a final project. McCracken noticed that most

Lloyd Price: The Best of Lloyd Price (20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection)

In 1952, when he was only 19 years old, Lloyd Price cut a record titled “Lawdy Miss Clawdy”. Having written the melody originally for a radio advert,

Mike Phillips: You Have Reached Mike Phillips

This is the best soft-jazz saxophone album that will be released this year. If you love soft-jazz saxophone albums, you’ve either already purchased You

Brad Mehldau: Largo

Brad Mehldau’s piano skills (particularly when showcased by his The Art of the Trio sequence) have seen him branded stylistically as an approximate Bill

Beachwood Sparks: Make the Cowboy Robots Cry

What could have been an attempt at seamlessness, sounded instead like perpetually lost momentum. Here’s to hoping the next release stakes out bolder ground.

Ariane (a.k.a. Ari of the Slits): Ariane

There are basically two camps of aging punk rockers. First are those who continue to make music that rarely rivals their previous successes (Joe Strummer,

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