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Wednesday, October 23 2002

In the Hand of Dante by Nick Tosches

Every so often, literature's long-forgotten greats make a comeback and entrench themselves within popular culture. This time, it's Dante Alighieri.


Tuesday, October 22 2002

Red Hot Chili Peppers: By the Way

So 40 looks good on the Red Hot Chili Peppers after all. They are older, wiser, and anything but dull.


The Paybacks: Knock Loud

Detroit’s always been a rockin’ city, right? Sure, or else there wouldn’t have been that song “Detroit Rock City” penned long ago by


Lisa Loeb: Hello Lisa

Lisa Loeb is among the rarest of musical treasures: an intelligent singer/songwriter who made it to the top based solely on her ability, rather


Guy: Groove Me: The Very Best of Guy

Back when slow jams and party rap were polar opposites in the world of black music, creating a style that could create a bridge between


Miles Davis: In a Silent Way (Deluxe Edition) [Original Recording Remastered]

The reason a lot of people don’t like post swing era jazz is the same reason they don’t like a lot of supposedly


Al Di Meola: Flesh on Flesh

How does Al Di Meola manage it? He is surely the Dinosaur of Dinosaurs. A ‘70s guitar “God” who still plays jazz-rock in the new


The Capricorns: In the Zone

With teen pop, then soul crooners, and finally garage rock making comebacks, it was probably inevitable that a resurgence of synth pop was on the


Monday, October 21 2002

Would-Be-Goods: Brief Lives

Would-Be-Goods is essentially the nom de plume of Jessica Griffin, who supplies vocals and guitars on Brief Lives, her musical outlet’s third full-length. Griffin


Tarwater: Dwellers on the Threshold

What is up with the Germans these days? While George W. Bush is going all warrior-god and Don Rumsfeld looks like he’s always humming “


The Stone Roses: self-titled

The Stone Roses is an album where everything was on the money. From the opening rumblings of “I Wanna Be Adored”, it was a declaration of intent from four men who knew they were better than what had gone before them and knew they had created something special.


Rosey: Dirty Child

Let me first admit that I’m not a music snob when it comes to pop music. In fact, I used to scare my indie


Railroad Earth: Bird in the House

Musical categories are a less-than-perfect short cut used by lazy reviewers to describe a band and it’s music. In a short review, I would


Rubyhorse: Rise

Back in mid-August, 2000, a neat little MP3 file started making the rounds on the net that featured an unknown Boston band who had managed to


Of Montreal: Aldhills Arboretum

Until now Of Montreal’s universe kept getting bigger from album to album. While they started on their 1997 debut Cherry Peel as a one-person band,


Von Freeman: The Improvisor

It’s become one of the truisms of jazz that Chicago tenor saxophonist Von Freeman is under-recorded. Some would also say underrated, but only in


Dave’s True Story: Dave’s True Story - The 2002 Version

Sometimes success comes full-circle, and no matter how much you achieve over time, you wind up back where you started. For Dave’s True Story,


Carrie Akre: Invitation

Singer-songwriter Carrie Akre spent the early years of her career as frontwoman for such Seattle alternative acts as Hammerbox and Goodness, and more recently with


Friday, October 18 2002

The Road to Wellville (1994)

Contrary to Kellogg's message, self-denial is ultimately the disease, not the cure.


The Ring (2002)

Gore Verbinski's The Ring is relentlessly disquieting and incoherent, and sometimes trite in ways it doesn't need to be.


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