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Wednesday, August 7 2002

The Kills + Butcher Holler + Radio Vago

The Kills It was estrogen overload at the Silverlake Lounge on Thursday evening. The bill featured three bands fronted by women and the first opener,


Richie Havens

None of Us Are Free But Some of Us Are Brave Most of my generation (“X”) peers—especially indie rock & dance music critics—and


Damon and Naomi

The room is almost vacant. A cluster of figures, some partnered, most lone, stand darkly before the soft glow, projected from a pensile rig, lighting


American Analog Set + Her Space Holiday + Jen Wood

American Analog Set Her Space Holiday For me, Texas band American Analog Set put out one of the most affecting records of last year with


What Lamb manages brilliantly is to show us what happened to Vietnam after the American War (as it is referred to by the Vietnamese).


In reflecting on a prospective trip to New York, Twigger admits that Americans didn't seem 'to give a toss' about what he had to say. This book is not likely to change our attitude towards him that much.


Tuesday, August 6 2002

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: Dap-Dippin’ with…

This is a better album than I had expected and will please anyone who laments the loss of fatback drums, funky organ fills, and muscular vocals.


Our Lady Peace: Gravity

Our Lady Peace are like cockroaches. Not even nuclear holocaust could stop them. They hit the scene in the mid-‘90s, one of the most


Little Wings: Wonderue

I’m going to be brave and shoot my credibility as a reviewer in the foot by saying I simply don’t like Bob Dylan.


Richard X. Heyman: Basic Glee

For fans of jangly guitars, great harmonies and old-fashioned song craft, this CD is like manna from power pop heaven. Richard X. Heyman’s Basic


DJ Jazzy Jeff: The Magnificent

All it takes is a good mixtape to put you in the right mood. Having The Magnificent by DJ Jazzy Jeff sitting on my desk


Roy Acuff: The Great Roy Acuff / Songs of the Smokey Mountains / The Voice of Country Music

To hell with Roosevelt. To hell with Babe Ruth. To hell with Roy Acuff.” Perhaps the mark of a real musician is to have enemy


Monday, August 5 2002

Topaz: The Zone

The Zone, which appears to have slipped out some time ago, is one of those unheralded affairs that puts many far more hyped-up projects to


Truth Hurts: Truthfully Speaking

Truthfully Speaking is appropriate listening for a energetic Saturday afternoon, it’s fit for a spin in the car stereo and ripe for contemporary feminist


Silverman: Speed of Life Part 2

If you dig sexy, last tango, electro-pop, this is right up your rainy, misty, cobbled alley. Silverman are an English duo, Anna Dennis and Martin


Spoon: Kill the Moonlight

Spoon’s sordid history has by now wormed its way into the public domain of indie rock as yet another epic struggle between fiery D


The Eyesores: Bent at the Waist

Oh, it’s always interesting to watch the music critics try to sit down and describe an album that seems to defy everything they’ve


DJ Spooky: Optometry

Spooky calls Optometry “jazz for the genre splice generation”.


Atom and His Package: Hamburgers

Is there really anyone out there who can’t spare some love for Atom and his Package? I mean, really, has a more endearing character


Thursday, August 1 2002

Various Artists: Lynne Me Your Ears

From the annals of the under appreciated, I give you Jeff Lynne, a man with talent and history enough for a whole league of musicians,


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