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Tuesday, January 7 2003

Erase Errata: At Crystal Palace

There’s a moment in “CA Viewing”—the second song off the second record from the first band to give women a meaningful place in

The Buttless Chaps: Love This Time

Band names can be a tricky thing. It’s difficult to find a band name that’s good as well as one that belies the

Sunday, January 5 2003

Various Artists: Going Driftless: An Artist’s Tribute to Greg Brown

Some Comp. Lit graduate student at N.Y.U. is hard at work on a dissertation entitled, “Tribute Albums: The Un/masking of Minstrels(y)

Bill Withers: Menagerie

Menagerie, the 1977 album by soul star Bill Withers, sounds a bit similar to the excellent ‘70s Reprise albums of ace New Orleans producer and arranger

Maritime Jazz Orchestra: Now and Now Again

The Maritime Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of saxophonist Greg Carter, have steadily been acquiring a reputation for large group playing that is “advanced” but

Bill Hicks: Love Laughter and Truth / Flying Saucer Tour Vol. 1 - Pittsburgh, PA. 6/20/91

Over the past 20 years or so, the number of stand-up comedians who are eager to do anything to make it big has skyrocketed, yet so

Tom Hooper: The Unexplored Cosmos

The Grapes of Wrath’s four albums between 1986 and 1991 delivered some of the finest introspective folk/rock music ever. Some songs offered up quiet guitar

David Hurn: He Was a Woman

Like a plethora of British folk pop singers like David Gray and more recently James Yorkston, David Hurn finds himself in a dilemma many are

Fat Joe: Loyalty

As I think back to this past year’s MTV Spring Break broadcasts, one single, solitary, haunting image keeps coming to mind. Come on people,

Fuzzbubble: Demos, Out-takes and Rarities

In a season of pleasant musical finds, one that has taken me unawares has been the discovery of this incredibly rich collection of Demos, Out-takes

Kimya Dawson: I’m Sorry That Sometimes I’m Mean

Kimya Dawson’s new solo release, I’m Sorry That Sometimes I’m Mean, is no Moldy Peaches record, but that’s not necessarily a

Leonard Cohen: The Essential Leonard Cohen

Poet. Novelist. Buddhist monk. Renowned ladies’ man. One of the greatest Canadian songwriters who has ever lived. Who else can I be talking about, other than one Leonard Cohen?

Cowboy Nation: Cowgirl A-Go-Go

There’s a distinct difference between country music and cowboy music. The former can evoke images of sweeping plains, dusty roads and dry paddocks, yet

Thursday, January 2 2003

The Pianist (2002)

Confronted by one horror after another, Szpilman (Adrien Brody) is a startlingly original film protagonist.

Thursday, December 26 2002

Various Artists: A Cellarful of Motown!

Every Motown fan who hears this collection is nearly guaranteed shared reactions. The first one, common astonishment, with the realization that Motown had that much

SR-71: Tomorrow

While SR-71’s 2000 debut was pedestrian punk-pop at best, the band hinted that they had a greater pop pedigree than their peers. Their admitted love

Sígur Ros: (  )

With ( ), Sígur Ros has set a trap for everyone who writes about contemporary music: discuss an album with no interpretive reference points. The title

Na Leo Pilimehana: Hawaiian Memories

Na Leo Pilimehana first formed in 1982 when Nalani Choy, Lehua Kalima Heine, and Angela Morales met and began singing together as juniors at the Kamehameha

Missy Elliott: Under Construction

Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if Sista, the group Missy Elliott was in as a teenager, had made it past their one song, “

Talib Kweli: Quality

Quality is filled with songs that are ripe for the radio, at least in an ideal world where radio paid any attention to songs.

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