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Thursday, February 6 2003

David S. Ware Quartet: Freedom Suite

In 1956, Sonny Rollins was one of the best-known tenor saxophonists in jazz, having recorded and released two wonderful and classic jazz albums, Saxophone Colossus and


Kitty Wells: The Best of Kitty Wells: The Millennium Collection (20th Century Masters)

The Millennium Collection is often a hit and miss affair. Artists who have more than a dozen memorable songs or hit singles often have single


Vitesse: You Win Again, Gravity!

If you’re between the ages of 21 and 40, there’s a good chance you’ve been forwarded one of those “You know you’re a


Sinéad O’Connor: Sean-Nos Nua

Sinead O’Connor has always done what she wanted to. For anyone in the music industry who’s made more than one album, that’s


Bob Marley & The Wailers: Rastaman Vibration: Deluxe Edition

It’s difficult to approach Bob Marley’s legacy with any sense of objectivity. While there’s no denying the infectious positivity of his music


The Music: self-titled

I had a dream about The Music. No: I had a memory. It was the middle of last year, when a devious Capitol Records intern


K-Ci & JoJo: Emotional

With rumors circulating about a Jodeci reunion release dropping later this year about as rampant as alcohol/drug related arrests in the Bush family, you


John Creamer & Stephane K: Bedrock Remixed and Compiled

Maybe it’s that I’ve gotten older and the club kid in me doesn’t want to dance the way it used to when


Chitlin Fooks: Did It Again

About 10 years ago, that beautiful country chanteuse K.T. Oslin sang a song called “I Don’t Remember Your Name (But I Remember You)” for


Fantastic Four Issues #60-64

While the outlandish villains, the out-of-this-world science, and the clobberin' remain, at its core this is a book about how four people can live, and love, and interact as a family, with all the pains and joys that brings.


Gotham Central #1-2—In the Line of Duty

These are the detectives that hurry to a crime scene after Batman's already done his (and their) job.


Elektra Lives Again

While the trappings may be ninjas and super-powers, at its core, this is a book about love and loss.


Tully (2002)

Locating its story of familial disquiet in the locus of the American myth, Tully doesn't quite go so far as to debunk the idealized heartland.


Shanghai Ghetto (2002)

A potentially prosaic documentary manages fresh insight.


Shanghai Knights (2003)

Its self-conscious use of the buddy genre's well known predilection for homoerotic/homophobic patterns is cute.


Max (2002)

Max is less concerned with making Hitler sympathetic, or even very specific, than it is in using him to illustrate a series of ideas.


In the Mirror of Maya Deren (2002)

A subtle and reverent look at one of America's most important -- and often forgotten -- filmmakers.


How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

She's so cute, he's so cute, everyone's so cute.


Tuesday, February 4 2003

The Sea and Cake: One Bedroom

Through years of scientific testing and intellectual deduction, I have come to realize that are essentially three audiences for music reviews. The first group is


Parker and Lily: Here Comes Winter

The longstanding relationship between suffering and art has yielded a cornucopia of beautiful and pristine treasures over the centuries. Of these, a great majority of


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