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Wednesday, August 7 2002

Various Artists: The Best of Lounge Music

I know lounge now includes chill-out, trip-hop and even deep house within its very marketable remit, but I hadn’t realised it had swallowed up


Wonderlick: self-titled

In this reviewer’s perfect world, everyone would own and absolutely love at least one Too Much Joy album. It wouldn’t even have to


They Might Be Giants: NO!

Hang on, hang on tight. The new release from eclectic alternative geek-rockers They Might Be Giants is an interactive multimedia experience geared toward children of


Rush: Vapor Trails

“Knowing that our music is nothing if not idiosyncratic, and doesn’t really cater to popular ‘taste,’ we . . . envisioned advertising slogans along the lines of, ‘


The Prodigy: Baby’s Got a Temper

The Prodigy deserves a lot of credit for lending electronica a human face and rock star attitude. Unlike many other electronic acts (for e.g.,


Jelly Roll Morton: Jazz King of New Orleans

Jelly Roll Morton’s reputation as jazz music’s first real composer and arranger rests on a small number of sides he recorded in Chicago


Bill Frisell: Selected Recordings: Rarum V

Just in case his quiet demeanor and general “nice guy-ness” don’t get the message across about guitarist Bill Frisell, how about this: On his


The Atlanta Review

Dan Veach, review by Gideon Kennedy -- Otherwise, unlike many literary magazines in which readers are more likely to flip through stopping at titles of interest, Atlanta Review print edition can be read comfortably from cover to cover. Because whatever land it happens to be selling, it knows the value of its real estate.


The Vines

S E T    L I S T OuttathawayAutumn ShadeHighly EvolvedCountry YardGet FreeMs. JacksonIn the JungleMary JaneSunshinin1969 They’re the next “big thing”, they’


Sparta

As a late-arriving passenger on the their bandwagon, I was disappointed to learn that At the Drive In had broken up before I had the


The Kills + Butcher Holler + Radio Vago

The Kills It was estrogen overload at the Silverlake Lounge on Thursday evening. The bill featured three bands fronted by women and the first opener,


Richie Havens

None of Us Are Free But Some of Us Are Brave Most of my generation (“X”) peers—especially indie rock & dance music critics—and


Damon and Naomi

The room is almost vacant. A cluster of figures, some partnered, most lone, stand darkly before the soft glow, projected from a pensile rig, lighting


American Analog Set + Her Space Holiday + Jen Wood

American Analog Set Her Space Holiday For me, Texas band American Analog Set put out one of the most affecting records of last year with


What Lamb manages brilliantly is to show us what happened to Vietnam after the American War (as it is referred to by the Vietnamese).


In reflecting on a prospective trip to New York, Twigger admits that Americans didn't seem 'to give a toss' about what he had to say. This book is not likely to change our attitude towards him that much.


Tuesday, August 6 2002

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: Dap-Dippin’ with…

This is a better album than I had expected and will please anyone who laments the loss of fatback drums, funky organ fills, and muscular vocals.


Our Lady Peace: Gravity

Our Lady Peace are like cockroaches. Not even nuclear holocaust could stop them. They hit the scene in the mid-‘90s, one of the most


Little Wings: Wonderue

I’m going to be brave and shoot my credibility as a reviewer in the foot by saying I simply don’t like Bob Dylan.


Richard X. Heyman: Basic Glee

For fans of jangly guitars, great harmonies and old-fashioned song craft, this CD is like manna from power pop heaven. Richard X. Heyman’s Basic


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