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Friday, October 18 2002

The Big Picture (1989)

'I don't know you, I don't know your work, but I think you're very talented.'"


Abandon (2002)

Cynical and beautiful. No wonder the boys can't resist her.


Thursday, October 17 2002

Waco Brothers: New Deal

The Waco Brothers are almost impossible to resist. Their rambling, shambling honky-tonk rock ‘n’ roll is so unapologetically derivative and at the same time so


Underworld: A Hundred Days Off

Have you missed them much? It’s been three years since their last studio album, but Underworld is pulsating back onto the dance floor with


Sahara Hotnights: Jennie Bomb

Can someone please explain to me what’s behind this big Swedish rock revolution? Is there something in the water? Is it all the lingonberries?


The Mission UK: Aura

As unlikely as it might seem, Wayne Hussey and the Mission UK are back in top form with their latest release, Aura. Apparently, all Hussey


Aretha Franklin: The Queen in Waiting: The Columbia Years (1960-1965)

Arguably one of the most important recordings done by a black artists in the post-Civil Rights era, throughout Amazing Grace Franklin seamlessly weaves through traditional sacred recordings.


Miles Davis: The Best of Miles Davis

Last year some of the major players in the career of Miles Davis joined forces for a brief tour across North America. Featuring Herbie Hancock,


Gregory Corso: Die on Me: The Final Recordings

When Gregory Corso passed away on January 17, 2001, the sole surviving member of the real core of the Beat Generation, the last great literary movement of


Bernard Allison: Storms of Life

The storm that Bernard Allison currently seems to be weathering is one involving a crisis of identity. Storms of Life, Allison’s second album for


The All American Rejects: self-titled

Before you read any further, I’d like all readers to acknowledge that I do not blame The All American Rejects for this debacle of


Wednesday, October 16 2002

Various Artists: In Our Lifetime, Vol. 2

Compilation albums are often, at least ostensibly, held together by some sort of unifying thread. Albums provide a showcase for a nascent geographical scene, serve


Wabi Down Home Blues Project Band: The Best Things in Life Are Still Made By Hand

I can sometimes get the blues about the sad state of blues. But that’s why finding this particular record is such a boost. Seiji “


Slobberbone: Slippage

When the Texas quartet known as Slobberbone started doing gigs in the middle of the ‘90s, the band were happy to play for brews and


The Orgone Box: Things That Happened Then

One of last year’s best stories involved the re-discovery of the music of Rick Corcoran as The Orgone Box (by Bill Forsyth of London’


Garageland: Scorpio Righting

It’s a little ironic that the feel-good album of the summer is finally seeing release on American shores now that the leaves are turning


Grey DeLisle: Homewrecker

When you hear a line like “Something old, something new / Something borrowed, something blue / I’m getting older every day / Ain’t nothing new / Baby,


Ron Carter: Stardust

Ron Carter is such a revered figure in jazz these days that it is hard to remember that when he first stepped into the spotlight


The Strokes

Jon: First off, I hate stadium shows as a general rule. Arena shows and anything even remotely related to a cavernous venue teeming with obnoxious


Chameleons UK

Timing. Some say it’s what counts most in life, and perhaps that’s true. If so, Manchester’s Chameleons UK (apparently there is still


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