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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,


Pixies: self-titled

They say that irony is sweet, but I prefer to think of it as painful. So often things that you wish would happen only come


Los Lobos: Good Morning Aztlán

It’s so easy to take Los Lobos for granted. Some of their records have been better than others, but they’ve never made a


Jazzanova: In Between

If any one collective typifies both the essence and inexorable rise of the European nu-jazz sound it is Berlin’s Jazzanova. The surprisingly large sales


Elvis Costello: When I Was Cruel

It’s not the old “loud” Elvis for sure, but the rhythmic and lyrical twists of this year’s model still make for one very good CD that reveals more with each repeated listen.


30 Seconds to Fame

PULL


She Spies

NBC’s new series She Spies immediately begs two questions. First, what is this tough girl T&A fantasy doing popping up mid-season and


Big Brother 3

[There's] little for the inhabitants to do, other than chill in the hot tub, smoke too much, and plot, scheme, and worry themselves to the point of paranoia.


Signs (2002)

PULL.


Resident Evil (2002)

Look again, and it opens up into a morass of narrative fractures.


Me Without You (2001)

Me Without You is a disquieting and stunningly accurate depiction of female friendship.


Full Frontal (2002)

This self-satisfaction makes Full Frontal's gears grind.


Elling (2001)

Elling doesn't pretend to be more than it is, permitting no great epiphanies and no big-hug endings.


Cuba (1979/2002)

The idea that an individual, like Robin Hood, could stand up for the rights of the oppressed comes across as a pleasant fantasy, worthy of song and legend, but devoid of the means to stand up against state power.


Wednesday, July 31 2002

Warren Zevon: My Ride’s Here

When Zevon drops the wise guy shtick, he often achieves the same enigmatic sweetness that seeped into Leonard Cohen’s music about 20 years ago.


Thirdimension: Protect Us From What We Want

This is absolutely criminal. Courtesy of the NME, we’ve been assaulted with information about two Swedish bands. The Hives have enjoyed a wild ride


NuSpirit Helsinki: self-titled

Was it the success of Zero 7? Maybe it’s the increasing impact of Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide radio show or the après-club marketability of


Graham Nash: Songs for Survivors

In this gigahertz world of ABS, DVD, CIA, GNP, RBI, CDR, BIA, ISP, RAM, and PLO, it’s a beautiful thing to be reminded of


The Knack: Live from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Fun House

Doug Fieger. Berton Averre. Prescott Niles. Bruce Gary. The four original members of the Knack were certainly one of the goofiest looking bunches in rock’


Chris Butler: The Museum of Me

You know Chris Butler better than you think you do. The ‘80s neophytes can forever cherish his songwriting in The Waitresses, whose “I Know What


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