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Sunday, February 2 2003

Nickel Creek: This Side

In the haste to make an all-encompassing statement, Nickel Creek sacrifices a little too much simplicity.

Various Artists: A Salute to the Delta Blues Masters

A Salute to the Delta Blues Masters is a newly packaged set featuring today’s blues artists performing the songs of Robert Johnson, Charley Patton,

Various Artists: Parasol’s Sweet Sixteen, Volume 6

Parasol’s Sweet Sixteen, Volume 6 is the latest installment in an ongoing series of compilations showcasing bands from Parasol Records’ stable of labels (which include

Zwan: Mary Star of the Sea

We lost Billy Corgan long ago and he’s never coming back. Give it up. The day he donned his black frock, the Smashing Pumpkins

Pacer: Big Buildings, Small Stars

From what I can tell, the Eskimo Kiss label is pretty darned good. Audio Explorations’ last fantastic album, ActionReaction, was released on the imprint, and

George Jones: Love Songs

Where to start? Well, this coming April will see country legend George Jones touring outside the United States for the last time as he does

Mike Johnson: What Would You Do

Mike Johnson is one of those inveterate scenesters who seems to know everybody without making much of a fuss about anybody knowing him. Play six

The Hope Conspiracy: Endnote

Although citing the Smiths as an influential touchstone attempts to veer this steam rolling quartet onto a different path, Endnote is undeniably the sound of

Charlie Haden with Michael Brecker: American Dreams

Who among us can deny the sentimental stylings of Steven Bishop? In 1985, I know you were singing along to Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin’s

Peter Case: Beeline

If Peter Case had never entered a recording studio again after 1983, he’d still be lauded in most circles nowadays for having put pen to

Aquanote: The Pearl

It would have been the easiest thing in the world for Gabriel Rene, the man behind Aquanote, to ride the coattails of his Naked Music

Friday, January 31 2003

City of God (Cidade de Deus) (2002)

Delves into daily traumas and fears, the bleak hierarchies of power, race, and desire that structure life in the projects.

Biker Boyz (2003)

Amid all the conventional movie dazzle, Biker Boyz's most important idea is the bike.

Thursday, January 30 2003

Various Artists: Rough Guide to the Music of Mexico

The Rough Guides to The Music of … are always a great beginning for anyone wanting to explore music from different areas of the world. I

Various Artists: Mollie’s Mix

Advertised as their “annual meet-the-roster release”, Kill Rock Stars’ Mollie’s Mix trots out mainly previously released tracks from 20 of the label’s most ear-catching

Various Artists: Little Darla Has a Treat for You, Vol. 19: Wake Up Gay in the Morning!

As label compilations go, the Darla label has managed to turn their Little Darla Has a Treat for You series into one of the most

Various Artists: Hey, Bo Diddley!: A Tribute

This is, at least, an original way to pay homage to that great American named Ellas McDaniel, who is also known as Bo Diddley, and

Robert Pollard: Motel of Fools

The more time you spend with Motel of Fools, the more all of these feelings of incompleteness begin to make sense.

Out Hud: S.T.R.E.E.T. D.A.D.

Hearing dub for the first time in any surroundings is a unique experience, since the musical qualities of the genre have two separate (and, let’

The Orb: Back to Mine

A good music mix goes beyond the ego that all too often clouds the judgment of artists as they assemble tracks for their album releases.

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