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Thursday, October 17 2002

Bernard Allison: Storms of Life

The storm that Bernard Allison currently seems to be weathering is one involving a crisis of identity. Storms of Life, Allison’s second album for


The All American Rejects: self-titled

Before you read any further, I’d like all readers to acknowledge that I do not blame The All American Rejects for this debacle of


Wednesday, October 16 2002

Various Artists: In Our Lifetime, Vol. 2

Compilation albums are often, at least ostensibly, held together by some sort of unifying thread. Albums provide a showcase for a nascent geographical scene, serve


Wabi Down Home Blues Project Band: The Best Things in Life Are Still Made By Hand

I can sometimes get the blues about the sad state of blues. But that’s why finding this particular record is such a boost. Seiji “


Slobberbone: Slippage

When the Texas quartet known as Slobberbone started doing gigs in the middle of the ‘90s, the band were happy to play for brews and


The Orgone Box: Things That Happened Then

One of last year’s best stories involved the re-discovery of the music of Rick Corcoran as The Orgone Box (by Bill Forsyth of London’


Garageland: Scorpio Righting

It’s a little ironic that the feel-good album of the summer is finally seeing release on American shores now that the leaves are turning


Grey DeLisle: Homewrecker

When you hear a line like “Something old, something new / Something borrowed, something blue / I’m getting older every day / Ain’t nothing new / Baby,


Ron Carter: Stardust

Ron Carter is such a revered figure in jazz these days that it is hard to remember that when he first stepped into the spotlight


The Strokes

Jon: First off, I hate stadium shows as a general rule. Arena shows and anything even remotely related to a cavernous venue teeming with obnoxious


Chameleons UK

Timing. Some say it’s what counts most in life, and perhaps that’s true. If so, Manchester’s Chameleons UK (apparently there is still


Cecilia Bartoli with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

P R O G R A M Vivaldi:Concerto in G minor for strings, RV 157“Gelosia” from Ottone in Villa, RV 729“Se mai senti spirarti


Seinfeld: The Making of an American Icon by Jerry Oppenheimer

What readers get shouldn't be shocking to anyone who knew Seinfeld the show. Oppenheimer, mostly through oral testimonies of friends, relatives and neighbours, describes a man who is driven, focused, and isolated, who only looks after himself.


Pleased to See Me: 69 Very Sexy Poems by Neil Astley (ed.)

Neil Astley has collected together a sequence of poems that represent the range of ways that modern poets have addressed the questions of love, sex and their place in poetry.


One Nation Under Gods: A History of the Mormon Church by Richard Abanes

The Mormons comprise a significant part of this country's 'religious right,' or 'Moral Majority' as it is sometimes called. For those who don't consider themselves to be part of this group, it is fascinating to see once again how politics makes for some very strange bedfellows. And for those who do identify with the movement, it should be worthwhile to find out exactly who you 'are' in bed with.


The Impressionist by Hari Kunzru

Kunzru is trendy and hybrid himself (father Indian-Kashmiri, mother English) considering the firm grip that Indian writers have over the literary market. The Impressionist is really more of a British novel than an Indian one as is apparent in the writing.


Crossing Brooklyn Ferry: A Novel by Jennifer Fields

OK. Your book is ready and saved. Would you like to create another novel?"


Tuesday, October 15 2002

Secret Garden: Once in a Red Moon

Secret Garden has danced on a thin line between authentic Celtic and Scandinavian-inspired music and flaccid, new age claptrap for their entire existence. Thanks to


Sucka MCs: Da Album

Recently, I experienced a crisis about critiquing music. Since my boyfriend is a musician, we frequently have back and forths about bands and music styles.


Scorpions: Bad For Good: The Very Best of Scorpions

I’d like to dedicate this review to Adam Arehart, of the Gamma Chi chapter of Delta Tau Delta. Why, you ask? Because when I


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