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Wednesday, January 22 2003

Hex by Carol Rumens

Prayer is both necessary as a palliative, and impossible as a luxury, an indulgence implicitly no longer available to us.

The Founding Fish by John McPhee

So, how did a worrisome lot of silver-white fish save a nation?"

Country of Cold: Stories of Sex and Death by Kevin Patterson

Those in urban centers often presume their superiority, their greater stake in humanity and value.

Tuesday, January 21 2003

Peter Wolf: Sleepless

Remember the J. Geils Band? In 1981, the rhythm and blues group went pop with the monster anthem “Centerfold”. And as if the mere idea of

Uncle Kracker: No Stranger to Shame

Uncle Kracker is a difficult artist to categorize; he’s had rock and rap hits with Kid Rock, played with the pop fuelled Sugar Ray,

Erik Truffaz: Mantis

After being party to one of the most inventive re-mix albums ever made (Revisite), Truffaz and his band now deliver their first studio album for

Pele: Enemies

For music fans there is no activity, no moment, and no memory that does not have its own soundtrack. Cleaning the apartment, going on a

Phish: Round Room

It’s almost pathetic how major labels have chosen a path towards self-destruction by relying on the alchemy of marketing majors over talent. While the

Robert Palmer: Best of Both Worlds: The Robert Palmer Anthology (1974-2001)

When Robert Palmer dropped out of pop culture’s radar, it was easy to remember his three big, slick, and somewhat disposable mainstream rock hits

Jaheim: Still Ghetto

The New Jersey native known simply as Jaheim (b. Jaheim Hoagland) is a true throwback to old school R&B. He’s a living,

Kristian Hoffman: &

In the glory years of Broadway, the “great white way” was the only game in town. Big-time musicals once attracted the very best in songwriting

Stella Chiweshe: Talking Mbira

Talking Mbira will very likely end up as one of my top five records this year. It is gutsy and tuneful and smart, and beauty

Black Sabbath: Past Lives

Together, the two discs compliment each other well in an odd and circular way. Both are representative of what Sabbath was in the ‘70s; if they weren’t on, they were off and on the verge of destruction.

ABBA: The Definitive Collection [DVD]

Yes, I am an unabashed ABBA fan for the simple reason that the time and effort put into the composition, arrangement, and recording of these

Sunday, January 19 2003

Various Muppets: The Muppet Show: Music Mayhem & More (The 25th Anniversary Collection)

Yes, that’s right. In addition to playing the music and lighting the lights, it’s also time to put on make-up and dress up

Stevie Wonder: Stevie Wonder: The Definitive Collection

It’s a long-overdue retrospective of one of the most influential artists in pop music history.

Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez: Let’s Leave This Town

Chip Taylor (born John Wesley Voight) will of course never be as famous as his Midnight Cowboy-starring older sibling Jon Voight. However, Taylor’s artistry

3 Doors Down: Away From the Sun

A little story: Once upon a time, you’re a struggling rock act in some weary old town where no one listens to anything not

Starclock: self-titled

So here’s my pick for under-the-radar album of the year: the fantastically strange, way out-there-yet-incessantly-catchy-and-accessible self-titled debut from Nashville’s Starclock. Starclock is the

Siouxsie and the Banshees: The Best of Siouxsie and the Banshees

If any band is worthy of the “best of” or “greatest hits” packages that have become so prevalent in the past few years it has

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