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Sunday, November 24 2002

Epicycle: Swirl

Sometimes you need to hear something different. In a world overpopulated with soundalike bands that refuse to make any demands on a listener, and radio


All-Time Quarterback: self-titled

Bellingham, Washington, may not initially seem the type of place one would associate with being a hotbed of indie-pop. Twenty minutes south of the Canadian


The Agenda: Start the Panic

In 1996 there was a band called The Delta 72 who released a little known album The R&B of Membership on Touch & Go Records.


Thursday, November 7 2002

Various Artists: Antifolk Vol. 1

For all the talk about the “New York scene” these days, the truth is that there are actually many scenes going on all at the


Various Artists: Afrotech / Dream Therapy / Dub Selector 2 / Nordic Exposure

The Dating Game, Quango Style I’m sitting in my chair with four new Quango comps before me. I know I have to choose one


The Streets: Original Pirate Material

And if Skinner isn’t an innovator, he is at least one of the most endearing musical personalities to come along in many years: he’s tough but vulnerable, slangy but somehow correct, down with the homeys but strangely removed from it all.


Run-DMC: Greatest Hits

The memory is still quite vivid—I was the last one in the prom night limo, traveling across Queen Blvd. en route to the bridge


Nas: Lost Tapes

When you’re hot, you’re hot. After swimming in commercial mediocrity for years, Nas continues to ride the wave of success generated by a


Thelonious Monk: Monk’s Dream / Monk. / At Newport 1963 & 1965

By the time Thelonious Monk appeared on the cover of Time Magazine in 1964, anointed as the cool weird slightly scary jazzbo that it was okay


Miguel Migs: Colorful You

It’s been a great year for San Francisco’s Naked Music. Actually, every year in the house label’s scant four-year existence has been


Yo-Yo Ma: Bach / Cello Suites Nos. 1, 5 & 6

The love of one’s country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border? —Pablo Casals Recorded in a digital studio


Charles Lloyd: Lift Every Voice

Charles Lloyd was booked to play at The Blue Note in New York City during the week of September 11. Though his performances were postponed until


Imperial Teen: Live at Maxwell’s

Jonathan looks at me sincerely, waiting for my answer. A friend’s band will be opening for Imperial Teen, and we talk about how much


Ikara Colt: Chat and Business

Most prominent among Ikara Colt’s influences are Sonic Youth and Joy Division. Couple that druggy, growling aesthetic with the vim and vigor of a


Gin Blossoms: New Miserable Experience (Deluxe Edition)

Okay, right off the bat, let’s acknowledge that it’s just not cool to like the Gin Blossoms. They were one of those bands


Fairport Convention: The Best of Fairport Convention (20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collecti

Fairport Convention, as it existed in the mid-to-late ‘60s, may be the best folk-rock band you’ve never heard of. This is especially true if


David Friesen and Jeff Gardner: Grace

If there has been a more mellow, melodic and downright charming jazz release in 2002 than Grace, could someone please forward it to me directly? I


T-Model Ford: Bad Man

If you like your blues raw and a little bit ragged, Fat Possum is a label to explore. On this record in particular you won’


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'Fiction' and 'reality' aren't so much opposites as they are of a piece.


Australians Unite

We discovered, in the most painful and tragic way, that we're not so safe, after all.


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