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Monday, March 25 2002

The Walkmen: Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone

There are some albums that only seem appropriate in certain contexts, that require a specific set of conditions to be properly enjoyed. This phenomenon is

Andrew WK: I Get Wet

Rock and roll music, at its very core, has always been inherently dumb. Whether it’s sociopolitical satire disguised as dumb (The Fugs), pop genius

Thursday, March 21 2002

Sorority Boys (2002)

If there is a movie that might make me agree with conservative pundits assailing the 'vulgarity' and gross-out humor of contemporary U.S. culture and much recent Hollywood teen fare, 'Sorority Boys' would be it.

Blade II (2002)

The Daywalker has his own agenda, still fever-dreaming and raging, but changed too.

Monday, March 18 2002

Super Furry Animals: Rings Around the World

Rife with energy and overflowing with ideas, experiments, and glorious pop hooks, Super Furry Animals make a huge, bold statement with this album: they want to be a great band, not merely a good band, and with Rings Around the World, they just might have accomplished that feat.

Patti Smith: Land (1975-2002)

Land is the long past due collection of Patti Smith’s greatest hits, the joke being that she lucked into a radio hit once with

Rye Coalition: On Top

With their debut full-length, Hee Saw Dhuh Kaet, Rye Coalition established itself as a fierce and chaotic rock ‘n’ roll band with a sense of

Glenn Lewis: World Outside My Window

It begins with those opening bars—déjà vu Stevie circa 1972 . . . “Superwoman” . . . Music on My Mind. And then the voice . . . Stevie? Naw that ain’t

The Herbaliser: Something Wicked This Way Comes

Not a lot of hip-hop will make you want to rock bell bottoms or bust out an afro pick. But something about the intricate grooves

Thursday, March 14 2002

Showtime (2002)

The trouble with 'Showtime' is that it never lets up on its self-congratulatory wink-winking.

Resident Evil (2002)

Alice's amnesia is Resident Evil's best trick.

Harrison’s Flowers (2002)

Goes at both war and romance from a decidedly oblique angle.

Monday, March 11 2002

Soulive: Next

Since the mid-1950s, the organ trio has been the grits and gravy of the modern jazz tradition. While it has been critically ignored (and

Hayden: Skyscraper National Park

Hayden is an enigma. One of those good types of enigmas that invigorate you, keep you guessing. For after appearing on the scene in 1996 with

Saturday, March 9 2002

Acoustic Hot Tuna

Hot Tuna—not so appealing if listed on a restaurant menu, but when mentioned on a marquee, the crowds do swarm. Starting out as an

Friday, March 8 2002

Swearing At Motorists

Swearing at Motorists: How to Make Use of the Word “Fuck” Leave it to the guys at Secretly Canadian (label to revered Songs: Ohia) to

Thursday, March 7 2002

Dressy Bessy

S E T    L I S T That’s WhyHangout WonderfulSuper EverythingLive to Tell AllIf You Should Try to Kiss HerJust Being MeBig

The Time Machine (2002)

[In 'The Time Machine',] Alexander decides to go look for an answer, but going into the future (why, we'll never know).

All About the Benjamins (2002)

'All About the Benjamins'... relies heavily on the considerable chemistry between Epps and Cube: sometimes it's just fun to watch them entertain one another, which they clearly do.

Monday, March 4 2002

Various Artists: NRK Singles Collection Vol. 4

If you have yet to discover the predominantly instrumental, vaguely techno, but still pretty jazz and soul-tinged house that NRK have been exploring recently, then

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