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Wednesday, June 26 2002

Masters of the Hemisphere: Protest a Dark Anniversary

If being wildly prolific were the sole mark of greatness, Bren Mead and Sean Rawls would be household names as geniuses of pop composition. As


Peter Murphy: Dust

When a former member of Bauhaus, arguably one of the greatest goth bands of all time (certainly the most-cited when it comes to naming a


Cheap Trick: At Budokan

Cheap Trick at Budokan must surely qualify as one of the music industry’s biggest cash cows. It was originally released in 1978, a couple years


Married in America

Documentarian Michael Apted doesn't allow any sequence to run long enough for good manners to disappear and feelings (rather than public rationalizations of feelings) to emerge.


Lift

Examines our consumer culture in a way that is less venal and less macho than the usual heist movie.


The Dead Zone

It is easy to assume that Johnny will end up using his powers to make the world a better place, a sort of psychic version of 'Touched by an Angel', minus the sermons.


Tuesday, June 25 2002

Various Artists: More Broadway’s Greatest Love Songs

There are two ways of looking at songs from Broadway musicals: that they’re only as memorable as the show from whence they came, or


Dinah Washington: Ballads

This collection comes from Dinah Washington’s time at Roulette Records, by which time she had already waxed most of her classic material. She signed


Spinning Jennies: Peer Pressure

Talk about your truth in advertising! The press release for the Spinning Jennies’ fourth album, Peer Pressure, states that “their sound is reminiscent of such


Ray, Goodman & Brown: 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection

In order to understand the odd phenomenon of Ray, Goodman & Brown—uneven R&B hitmakers and passable neo-doo-wop crooners with nothing but their


Kidneythieves: Zerospace

Among the multitudes of sociological and cultural analysis yet to be performed is a breakdown of the sex appeal of goth and industrial subcultures. It’


Mark Farina: Connect

Mark Farina is probably best known for his work under the Mushroom jazz banner. It is, I think, safe to say that without those nights


The Chieftains: The Chieftains 8

In the late 1950s, a trio of Irish brothers living in and around New York’s Greenwich Village threw various band names about. Paddy, Tommy,


Monday, June 24 2002

Various Artists: This Is Where I Belong: Songs of Ray Davies & The Kinks

Tribute albums are a mixed bag, to put it mildly. For every tribute album that gets it right (If I Were a Carpenter, for example),


Thin Lizzy: The Boys Are Back in Town

What can I say about Thin Lizzy? I love this band, love them in spite of their many flaws, love them because of their many flaws. I’ve loved them ever since I first heard “The Boys Are Back in Town” on my pink plastic clock radio back in 1976.


Ozzy Osbourne: Blizzard of Ozz / Diary of a Madman

The Osbournes’ greed finally goes overboard, and it’s the fans who are forced to suffer, as is always the case. It’s a great


Knodel: Dawn of the Butterfly

Knodel has arrived to rock. It says so in the second line of the opening title track to the trio’s glorious sophomore album, Dawn


Wyclef Jean: Masquerade

Michael Jordan. David Hasselhoff. Master P. After listening to Wyclef Jean’s latest, Masquerade, these names immediately came to my mind. Not because of their


Honky Tonk Confidential: Your Trailer or Mine?

What happens when you play a country song backward? Yeah, you’ve heard this one: Mama gets out of jail, Daddy stops drinking, your truck


Benny Goodman: The King of Swing (Bluebird’s Best)

The 14 tracks on this remastered collection of Benny Goodman classics recorded between 1935 and 1939 contain many of the highlights of the group’s recordings for the


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