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Wednesday, January 29 2003

Hot Hot Heat + The Walkmen

I’m supposed to tell you about Hot Hot Heat. I’m supposed to drop smug, all-knowing categorizations. Like “prog-rock.” Or “mod-rock.” Or “retro-punk.” Or “


Steve Earle and The Dukes

Barreling through like hillbilly rebels being chased by a fleet of flag-stamped SUVs, Steve Earle and company supplied rocking ruminations on peace, love and understanding


Tuesday, January 28 2003

Various Artists: Cookbook CD: Libro de Cucina y Musica

Let’s say you’re Mario Hernandez. You used to be half of indie hero act Ciao Bella with your high school buddy Jamie McCormick,


Various Artists: Driving in the Rain 3AM; Songs to Get Lost With

There are always those moments where, suddenly, the body warms effortlessly, muscles unknot, and breathing becomes slow and steady. There is an almost euphoric feeling,


The Who: Live at Leeds

The live rock ‘n’ roll album has never gotten a lot of respect. Conventional wisdom says that a rock show is best experienced in the


The Sights: Got What We Want

Despite the attention that’s been refocused on the Motor City since the ascendancy of the White Stripes as critical and popular darlings, many of


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.


Miracles

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


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