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Monday, September 9 2002

Ray Mason Band: Three Dollar Man

Imagine NRBQ being fronted by Neil Young and you’ve got yourself a good idea of the sort of musical fun The Ray Mason Band


Bob Marley: Natural Mystic / Talkin’ Blues

I remember clearly the week Bob Marley died. There were a lot of rumors going around about him—he had cancer; he was getting better;


Loscil: Triple Point

Using the laws of thermodynamics as the underpinnings for a concept album of electronic beat music is a potentially treacherous proposition. Each of the vignettes


Hot Hot Heat: Scenes One Through Thirteen

Hot Hot Heat hail from Victoria, British Columbia, not the first place that comes to mind when you think of hotbeds of musical activity, though


Friday, September 6 2002

The Three Stooges: Cops and Robbers (2002)

Upping the antes set by previous physical comedians... the Stooges tripled the pratfalls and eliminated the plot.


Secret Ballot (2001)

If its feminism is unmistakable, Secret Ballot's stance on democracy is more complex.


Mostly Martha (2001)

Where last year's 'Amélie' was criticized for presenting an idealized France... 'Mostly Martha'> has to be one of the least German movies ever to come out of Germany.


*Corpus Callosum (2002)

It's like 'Office Space' in the fourth dimension.


City by the Sea (2002)

All these horrors in one family might easily lead to questions concerning genetics and proclivity, codes of masculinity and violence.


Blood: The Last Vampire (2000)

Blood: The Last Vampire is precisely the standard to which all adult-oriented animation should rightfully aspire.


Thursday, September 5 2002

Various Artists: California Dreamin’

A disturbingly high proportion of 2002’s myriad downtempo, chill-out or lounge compilations have a distinct aroma of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s to them.


Silverchair: Diorama

Pity poor Silverchair. Despite the fact that they’ve now released three albums since their debut smash, the prepubescent grunge-fest Frogstomp, the band still can’


Darren Hanlon: Hello Stranger

When one thinks Australian balladeer, one first thinks of Paul Kelly. But there’s a new star on that continent’s horizon—one Darren Hanlon


Gene: Libertine

The music industry is an ideal setting for testing Darwin’s theories of natural selection. To survive, you have to be strong (U2) and you


Counting Crows: Hard Candy

When Counting Crows first exploded into stardom in 1994, they fit nicely into a roots-rock niche that included breakout work by Sheryl Crow and Dave Matthews


Coldplay: A Rush of Blood to the Head

This wasn’t supposed to happen. Coldplay was a pleasant sleeper success in the UK in 2000, and proceeded to do the unthinkable, exploding onto North


Tony Bennett: The Essential Tony Bennett

Still going strong past his retirement age, Tony Bennett is one of those crooners who have not suffered from the simple fact of being a


Wednesday, September 4 2002

Outrageous Cherry: The Book of Spectral Projections

Outrageous Cherry is connected to half the bands in Detroit, especially through lead singer/songwriter Matthew Smith. He’s produced the Go (Jack White’s


New Found Glory: Sticks and Stones

It’s difficult to find new things to say about bands like New Found Glory. Blink 182, Sum 41, Bowling for Soup, and other purveyors of punk-lite


Low: Trust

With their first record in 1994, Low opened a door to an undiscovered musical universe, one they continue to inhabit largely alone. There really isn’t


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