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Tuesday, January 28 2003

Operation Makeout: Hang Loose

If only their scene weren’t so damn overcrowded, Operation Makeout could be the best band in Vancouver today. As it happens, they’re the

My Bloody Valentine: Loveless

One begins outside. A lysergic crimson blur from which emerges a cropped, close view of a guitar and a bulbous form one can assume is

Ephat Mujuru: Journey of the Spirit

Suddenly, after reviewing the Stella Chiweshe album and this one, I feel like an expert on the mbira. This instrument, which has a wood frame

Johnny Marr + the Healers: Boomslang

For fans of the Smiths, it’s been an excruciatingly long wait to see what the solo career of guitarist Johnny Marr might hold. Unlike

Paul Melancon: Camera Obscura

Paul Melancon crafts deceptively melodic pop songs that seem fun and catchy to the ear, yet offer more moody depth than one might at first

Pete Krebs & The Gossamer Wings: I Know It By Heart

It’s not easy keeping up with Pete Krebs. Prior to catching his daytime show at Seattle’s Bumbershoot festival a few years back, I

dZihan & Kamien: Gran Riserva

Move over, K&D—here come D&K. It’s the easiest thing in the world to compare up-and-coming Viennese downtempo duo dZihan

Ron Carter / Jimmy Cobb / George Coleman / Mike Stern: 4 Generations of Miles

It’s doubtful that Miles Davis would have had much interest in 4 Generations of Miles, retracing as it does the music of the jazz icon’

David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

For a music fan, it’s no easy task to choose just one album you’d never part with, but, for me, The Rise and

Ampbuzz: This Is My Ampbuzz

It’s almost too obvious to point out that the objective of most music is to be listened to. But Brain Eno—if not the

Tori Amos: Little Earthquakes

I’ve always thought of Little Earthquakes as the closest thing you can get to pure emotion distilled onto a CD.


Skeet Ulrich brings to Miracles a combination of weary intensity and ethereal pretty-boy beauty.

Sunday, January 26 2003

Various Artists: My Very Last Breath: The Emo Diaries, Chapter 8

Ah, emo. Once held aloft as the savior of disaffected teens everywhere, now shunned as the style of music that brought us Saves the Day

ScoLoHoFo: Oh!

This cumbersomely titled Blue Note release is a cause for celebration. It marks the recording reunion of John Scofield and Joe Lovano, who, when last

Martin Rev: self-titled

There were lots of good reasons why 2002 was the perfect year for ROIR to reissue the 1980 solo debut by Suicide’s Martin Rev. It was

Charlie Parker: The Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes

That Charlie Parker was one of the greatest jazz musicians who ever lived cannot be disputed. Whether he was the architect of bebop music or

Salif Keita: Moffou

This story is almost too sad for words. Before Salif Keita was born, a mystic predicted that he would be as important as his famous

Patricia Kaas: Piano Bar

If you do happen to remember Nick the Lounge Singer, you’ll recall that he was one of Bill Murray’s best-loved and most enduring

Lily Holbrook: Running From the Sky

Lily Holbrook is no stranger to performing. After getting her start busking in Boston’s subway stations and on street corners, she honed her craft

Funky Porcini: Fast Asleep

I’m sure I’m not the only one who earmarks CDs for the change in seasons. When I lived in a state that was

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