Monday, December 16 2002
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
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 is not only a clever band name but an apt one. First, Owen Ashworth, who is the band here, does
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 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 S E T L I S T Working Class HeroTwin FallsSome Things Last a Long TimeStraight to HellThe HostLearn How to
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
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.
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,
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
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
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 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
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.
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
“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
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
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
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
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’