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Wednesday, August 14 2002

Mission of Burma + Silkworm

Mission of Burma Silkworm It’s a little hard for me to put my relationship with Mission of Burma into words. It’s not that

John Mellencamp + Shannon McNally

John Mellencamp Shannon McNally S E T    L I S T MCNALLY SET LISTIt Ain’t Easy Being GreenBolder Than ParadiseDelta Lady (Leon

Neil Finn

S E T    L I S T Pineapple HeadDriving Me MadOne Step AheadHole in the IceAnytimeInto the SunsetLove This Life (Neil solo)Fall

DJ Dego + DJ Ender

DJ Ender The first time I heard Dego’s main project 4 Hero was via a two-cassette promotional pre-release of Two Pages, the group’s sweeping

Second Annual All-Star Invitational Beatdown featuring The Allies, A-Trak, and Mix Master Mike

A-Trak Mix Master Mike On July 26th, The Allies presented their second Annual All-Star Invitational Beatdown, held in Los Angeles’ El Rey theater instead of

. . . a divide exists, between low and high art: genre novelists sell books while literary writers thrill critics. It is rare for an author to successfully straddle both worlds.

... this is devastating to Goldstein and Beloff, who really want to get their ass kicked in order to prove their southern bigotry theory.

eBay's business model has always been deceptively simple: low overhead, narrow focus, top-to-bottom accountability, and most of all, paying attention to its customers. In other words, conservatism. Radical.

Chopper's simple message rests in the fact that we shouldn't discriminate against people, even if they are they freakish son of the town whore.

Not only does he dig into a fine array of the social, cultural, economic, racial, and obviously athletic issues of those 12 years, giving us an often hilarious, occasionally heartbreaking, and almost always vigorous narrative of baseball and the lives of baseball players, but this narrative also establishes an accessible and important doorway for modern baseball folks to walk through.

Tuesday, August 13 2002

The The: RPM: The Singles of The The

Lovingly kept on the outskirts of mainstream, but peeking in just enough to garner critical acclaim and praise for his vision and tastes, Matt Johnson

Mary Mary: Incredible

Gospel is a wide-ranging genre that rolls up enthusiasm, populism, energy, sweat, and joy into a rich choral form that sets butterflies loose in even

Peggy Lee: The Best of Peggy Lee (Millennium Collection)

In 1941, Benny Goodman discovered Peggy Lee in a Chicago club. Impressed as much by her silver-coated voice as her elegant stage demeanor, he hired the 2

Fear Factory: Concrete

In a world where honesty is less than supreme, I’ve decided to add a little truth. For all you death-metal mongers, this is first

Farrah: Moustache

The “skinny tie” era of British pop calls to mind some very good times. Things were simpler, the harmonies flowed and there was no shortage

Dwindle: Expectance/Acceptance

For some reason, I feel a certain kinship with Minneapolis band Dwindle. I’ve been following them from the get-go, and always feel a little

Blackalicious: Blazing Arrow

In a record store not so long ago, I noticed the latest from El-P, Fantastic Damage, sitting on a shelf. A sticker on the front

Monday, August 12 2002

Muddy Waters: The Real Folk Blues/More Real Folk Blues

Muddy Waters came to Chicago in 1943, but didn’t have a hit recording until 1948’s “I Can’t Be Satisfied”. He learned his craft from

Peter Tosh: reissues

Every music writer has his or her favorite Underrated Artist, and mine happens to be Peter Tosh. I should probably pick someone more obscure for

31 Knots: A Word Is Also a Picture of a Word

They say first impressions are always important. I say first impressions are bogus. At least in this music business. For one could take a listen

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