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Thursday, July 25 2002

Greg Osby: Inner Circle

In his book New York Is Now, Phil Freeman describes the beginnings of a shift in the audience for jazz/improvised music, as practiced by


Laura Nyro: Eli and the Thirteenth Confession / Gonna Take a Miracle / New York Tendaberry

“I’m not interested in conventional limitations when it comes to my songwriting . . . I can say anything. It’s about self-expression. It knows no package—


Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, Roy Hargrove: Directions in Music: Celebrating Miles Davis & John

By nature, I tend to be leery of all-star bands, or should I say recordings of all-star bands, especially when they exist primarily to pay


Drive-By Truckers: Southern Rock Opera

Ah, the South. It’s a contradictory place to be sure. Our storytelling tradition has generated some of the nation’s best writers, but low


The Cranberries: Treasure Box - The Complete Sessions 1991-1999

The Cranberries’ new 10-year career retrospective, Treasure Box, consisting of their first four albums, with added bonus tracks, is not only a chance for die-hard


Tadpole (2002)

In assuming Oscar's perspective, the film makes out like everyone is as smitten with him as he is.


Sex and Lucía (2002)

A film that assembles layers of truth and untruth, faith and distrust, as characters struggle to make sense of the worlds they make and resist.


Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)

The so-called postmodern self-references of the previous Austin Powers films here become epidemic, though more is not exactly better. It's just more. And it is repetitive.


Wednesday, July 24 2002

Various Artists: Don’t Let the Bastards Get You Down: A Tribute to Kris Kristrofferson

In 1965, after leaving his position as a literature professor at West Point, Kris Kristofferson moved down South to become a professional songwriter. Success didn’t


Various Artists: The Pledge of Allegiance Tour

The Pledge of Allegiance Tour CD is one of the worst album releases of 2002, and is one of the worst live albums I have ever


Butch Walker: Left of Self-Centered

Butch Walker is a funny guy. He has his hand in many cookie jars, whether it be as a rock star (okay, a one hit


Sonic Youth: Murray Street

Where the canonical Daydream Nation took aggressive trips into technical experimentation with clenched teeth and closed fists, Murray Street seems more interested in lighting up, putting the vibe in cruise control, and storytelling from the lighter fringe of the band’s sprawling creative geography


Christos Rafalides: Manhattan Vibes

One of last year’s highlights was a Latin jazz session from bassist John Benitez. Descarga in New York was a mixture of modernist funk


Nashville Pussy: Say Something Nasty

Music, by nature, is uncivilized. And the most uncivilized creature in the great, wide world of music is rock ‘n’ roll. It’s been that


Dennis Kamakahi: Ohana

There’s the family he grew up with in Honolulu, particularly his father and the sessions on the porch when relatives and friends gathered each


Carly Hennessy: Ultimate High

It appears that the demand for candy-pop musicians may never go out of style, unfortunately, as evidenced by Britney Spears making the top of Forbes’


John Lee Hooker: The Real Folk Blues/More Real Folk Blues

Although he passed away last year, blues legend John Lee Hooker is still a source of inspiration for many blues, pop, and rock newcomers. Along


East River Pipe: Shining Hours in a Can

Slide Shining Hours in a Can into your CD player and fill your room with a jangly independent pop of understated sweetness that’s hard


black tape for a blue girl: The Scavenger Bride

You’re sitting in a dimly lit, prototypically European pub, located in Prague sometime in the middle of the 20th century. An old man is


Happy

Bayard, Designer/Publisher: Dan Peyton, review by Phoebe Kate Foster -- That quality of raw honesty may set your teeth on edge or it may speak to your soul. It may infuriate you or give you a hearty laugh or bring tears to your eyes. You may throw 'Happy' across the room occasionally -- but more than likely, you'll retrieve it and go on reading.


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