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Monday, December 9 2002

The Richard Sussman Quintet: Free Fall

Free Fall is unquestionably a lost classic of jazz, one that you would have thought a major label or maybe one of Joel Dorn’s

Skeleton Key: Obtainium

If you’ve never heard of Skeleton Key before, and their new album happened to fall into your lap, you’d look at its darkly

The Secession Movement: Akedemic

Trying to place New Jersey’s the Secession Movement into some sort of table or chart for comparison against other groups is pointless. Call this

The Rooks: From the Shelves of Soundscape Studio: A Collection of Oddities and Rarities

Of all the melodic guitar pop underground bands to gain a following in the ‘90s, the Rooks were perhaps the least in touch with modern

Rose Tattoo: Pain

Back in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, the depth of talented Australian rock groups was quite high. Having punk rockers Radio Birdman making some

Orwell: following days

In the mid-‘90s, there was promise of a musical revolution, albeit a tuneful one. The remnants of grunge were to be washed away by

Jimm McIver & The Boxes: Polaroid Angel

The debut effort of singer/songwriter/guitarist Jimm McIver (pronounced McKeever) is a pleasant collection of aural fun that points up the many different facets

Johnny Cash: American IV: The Man Comes Around

Ask a friend what type of music they like to listen to, and more often than not you’ll be greeted with a short response: “

Friday, December 6 2002

Personal Velocity: Three Portraits (2001)

Each section lingers just a little, as if the characters will have trajectories beyond the minutes you see them.


Careens between fiction and confession, repetition and revelation.

Thursday, December 5 2002

Various Artists: Electro Nouveau: Tech, Synth Pop, and Nu-Electro

Over the past few years, the underground synth pop scene has been getting more and more attention from the mainstream media. Acts like Fischerspooner, Chicks

Frank Zappa: Zappa Picks: By Jon Fishman of Phish

Calling all Phish fans. Rykodisc asked Jon Fishman to drum up some business by baiting the hook that will haul in the fresh cash of

Simian: We Are Your Friends

Part of the thrill of Chemistry Is What We Are, Simian’s 2001 debut album, was the promise it held. Four young men, steeped in ‘60s

Soulive: Get Down!

So I’m over at my friend Pierre’s place the other night and he puts this CD on. It’s pretty amazing to hear

The Supremes: The 70s Anthology

I have vivid recollections of my childhood introduction to soul music. Songs like Junior Walker’s “What Does It Take (to Win Your Love)”, Aretha

The Mountain Goats: Tallahassee

At the beginning of this year, the Mountain Goats released All Hail West Texas, an album recorded at home on a nearly-broken down machine and

Annbjørg Lien: Alien’s Alive

Several years ago in an interview with Karin Brennesvik, Norwegian dance teacher, she spoke fondly of her region’s great hardingfele player, Knut Buen. In

Floetry: Floetic

Marsha (songstress) & Natalie (floacist), aka Floetry, are soul mates. Contrary to the popular making-of-the-band phenomenon surrounding pop and trickling down into R&B

Bob Dylan: Bob Dylan Live 1975 - The Rolling Thunder Revue [2 CD + 1 DVD]

In the fall of 1975, the thirtysomething Dylan felt he had to challenge himself, as well as have some fun with his friends at the same time, and that feeling is palpable on this album. After 27 long years, we can finally properly hear the Master in his finest hour, and what a thrill it is.

Jeff Buckley: The Grace EPs

In life, rock stars are fallible, capable of recording a bad album or being arrested for some unsavory violation you’d rather not know about.

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