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Tuesday, November 5 2002

Stereo Total: Musique Automatique

For the uninitiated, Berlin duo Stereo Total (that’s pronounced “toe-TAHL”, as opposed to the North American “toadle”) is comprised of a French female singer


Sting & The Police: The Very Best Of . . . Sting & The Police

When the Police broke up in the mid-‘80s, many thought that Sting would be successful, but not even come close to the heights of


Jimmy Cliff: We Are All One: The Best of Jimmy Cliff

The fact that teenaged Jimmy Cliff introduced teenaged Bob Marley to legendary Chinese-Jamaican producer Leslie Kong in 1961—hence, helping Marley get his first record made—


CKY: Infiltrate.Destroy.Rebuild

“It’s the start of a revolutionary band and revolutionary music lovers; people that are interested in entertainment. As miserable as we may seem, fans


Blue States: Man Mountain

“In the dark, distant and shimmering, is the place for us that no one knows.”—from “What We’ve Won” There’s no better way


Monday, November 4 2002

Spring Heel Jack: Amassed

John Coxon and Ashley Wales, the talents behind Spring Heel Jack, have certainly thrown many of their listeners for a loop with their recent outings.


Norfolk & Western: Winter Farewell

This is one of those albums that defies explanation. Why was it made? Who would want to listen to it regularly? What, in God’s


Quincy Jones: Ultimate Collection

It’s rare for a producer by trade to release a best-of collection, but when you have some 27 Grammy Awards with your name on them,


Ron House: Obsessed

There’s something about heartbreak, but when musicians get their hearts broken, they tend to pour out album-length expressions of their pain. Beck’s Sea


MC Paul Barman: Paullelujah!

It’s safe to say there’s never been an album like this one. MC Paul Barman is, first of all, a rapper who can’


BT: 10 Years in the Life

I’m going to try to write about this two-disc compilation without being mean or snarky about it. Believe me, there’s plenty to be


Bon Jovi: Bounce

As a self-proclaimed Bon Jovi obsessive, admitting that the band’s latest album, Bounce, is anything less than a complete thrill is monumentally difficult. Especially


Jane Bunnett, Stanley Cowell, Dewey Redman: Spirituals & Dedications

Soprano saxophonist-flautist Jane Bunnett and trumpeter Larry Cramer are probably best known for their erudite mapping of Afro-Cuban jazz territory. But this prolific husband-and-wife team


The Beatifics: The Way We Never Were

Six years. That’s how long it’s taken Chris Dorn, frontman of the Beatifics, to follow up his magnificent debut How I Learned to


Sunday, November 3 2002

Two Friends (1986)

A poignant expression of a friendship past exhaustion.


Tabu (1931)

Call it Paul Gaughin's Romeo and Juliet.


Forbidden Relations (1982)

Forbidden Relations reminds us that empathy and aesthetics can be synonymous.


The Collector (1965)

The claustrophobic dramatization of the troubling encounter between a quiet sociopath and the woman he has confined in his ornate basement.


Thursday, October 31 2002

Simon and Garfunkel: Live in New York, 1967

Some music is an aural snapshot of a time and place. In it, I can hear, taste, feel, see a bygone age. Simon and Garfunkel


Smokey Robinson & the Miracles: Ooo Baby: The Anthology

Forget about The Big Chill for a minute; the songs of Motown are not considered classics just because of the nostalgia of baby boomers. I’


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