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Monday, December 16 2002

Favez: From Lausanne, Switzerland

Second time’s a charm. The first time my ears heard the strains of From Lausanne, Switzerland by Favez, I can’t say that I

Donna Fargo: The Best of Donna Fargo (20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection)

To those who remember only the singles “The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.” and “Funny Face”, it may come as a surprise

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone: Answering Machine Music

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone is not only a clever band name but an apt one. First, Owen Ashworth, who is the band here, does

Peter Wolf

Peter WolfPhoto credit: Michael Indresano The Woofuh-Goofuh Reportedly Retains All of His Own Teeth, Despite the Fact That They Turned Green in 1975 Musical artists often

The Paybacks + Easy Action + The Sights

The PaybacksPhoto credit: E. Wolf The Sights Detroit is Rock City Sure, missing most of the Sights’ set was partly my fault. But they forgot

Doug Martsch

Doug Martsch S E T    L I S T Working Class HeroTwin FallsSome Things Last a Long TimeStraight to HellThe HostLearn How to

Fountains of Wayne + OK Go

Fountains of WaynePhoto credit: Yuki Kuroyanagi OK GoPhoto credit: Irene Tien The thing about OK Go, at least in my experience, is that there’s

CMJ This!: CMJ 2002

In these indie rock heydays, our writers turn away from what's hyped and delve into the ripe (and sour) of North America's largest new music festival.

Black Heart Procession + Blonde Redhead + Calexico + Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Blonde RedheadPhoto credit: Stefano Giovannini Calexico The Yeah Yeah Yeahs There is a line of people almost two blocks long in front of Irving Plaza,

Kimya Dawson + Slumber Party + Quix*o*tic + Bangs + The Gossip + Semiautomatic

Slumber Party Quix*o*ticPhoto credit: Barbara Billotte Bangs The Gossip Semiautomatic Kimya Dawson is giggling nervously. The art folk, or is that “antifolk”? singer

Polyphonic Spree, Desco Records Showcase, and Cody ChesnuTT

Thinking about the annual CMJ Music Marathon, which aims to introduce college radio jocks and other musos to new music over four nights in New

On!Air!Library!, The Mink Lungs, The Boggs, and Calla

The Mink Lungs The Boggs Calla The artists on Brooklyn-based label Arena Rock Recording Company are poised for a small takeover. While it may be

The Clientele

The Clientele are not a Friday night band. Granted, their songs do often live in the weekend, but they don’t belong to the rollicking,

Sunday, December 15 2002

Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life

Songs in the Key of Life is the sprawling vision of a man whose sight has been rendered infinite by the power of love and faith.

The Smiths: The Queen Is Dead

I had no idea what these album-opening lines meant, but I knew, somehow, it would change my life. It was August, 1986. I had just graduated

Don Shirley Trio: Water Boy

“This Columbia high fidelity monaural recording is scientifically designed to play with the highest quality of reproduction on the phonograph of your choice, new or

Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks

In a way, the songs have become part of me, and playing the album more of a rite than a listening experience. I suppose when art reaches the level of Blood on the Tracks, it is religion.

Friday, December 13 2002

Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Gospel

Moans out the way first. No dates for any of the tracks, and one CD is a bit of a joke to cover something as

Rockapella: Comfort & Joy

It’s that time again (seems to happen earlier each year) and while many shop until they drop, their ears likely are assailed with holiday

Joan Osborne: How Sweet It Is

James Taylor singing “How Sweet It Is”. Linda Ronstadt doing Smokey’s “Ooh Baby, Baby”. Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall’s reading Gamble and Huff’

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