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Tuesday, August 6 2002

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: Dap-Dippin’ with…

This is a better album than I had expected and will please anyone who laments the loss of fatback drums, funky organ fills, and muscular vocals.

Our Lady Peace: Gravity

Our Lady Peace are like cockroaches. Not even nuclear holocaust could stop them. They hit the scene in the mid-‘90s, one of the most

Little Wings: Wonderue

I’m going to be brave and shoot my credibility as a reviewer in the foot by saying I simply don’t like Bob Dylan.

Richard X. Heyman: Basic Glee

For fans of jangly guitars, great harmonies and old-fashioned song craft, this CD is like manna from power pop heaven. Richard X. Heyman’s Basic

DJ Jazzy Jeff: The Magnificent

All it takes is a good mixtape to put you in the right mood. Having The Magnificent by DJ Jazzy Jeff sitting on my desk

Roy Acuff: The Great Roy Acuff / Songs of the Smokey Mountains / The Voice of Country Music

To hell with Roosevelt. To hell with Babe Ruth. To hell with Roy Acuff.” Perhaps the mark of a real musician is to have enemy

Monday, August 5 2002

Topaz: The Zone

The Zone, which appears to have slipped out some time ago, is one of those unheralded affairs that puts many far more hyped-up projects to

Truth Hurts: Truthfully Speaking

Truthfully Speaking is appropriate listening for a energetic Saturday afternoon, it’s fit for a spin in the car stereo and ripe for contemporary feminist

Silverman: Speed of Life Part 2

If you dig sexy, last tango, electro-pop, this is right up your rainy, misty, cobbled alley. Silverman are an English duo, Anna Dennis and Martin

Spoon: Kill the Moonlight

Spoon’s sordid history has by now wormed its way into the public domain of indie rock as yet another epic struggle between fiery D

The Eyesores: Bent at the Waist

Oh, it’s always interesting to watch the music critics try to sit down and describe an album that seems to defy everything they’ve

DJ Spooky: Optometry

Spooky calls Optometry “jazz for the genre splice generation”.

Atom and His Package: Hamburgers

Is there really anyone out there who can’t spare some love for Atom and his Package? I mean, really, has a more endearing character

Thursday, August 1 2002

Various Artists: Lynne Me Your Ears

From the annals of the under appreciated, I give you Jeff Lynne, a man with talent and history enough for a whole league of musicians,

Pixies: self-titled

They say that irony is sweet, but I prefer to think of it as painful. So often things that you wish would happen only come

Los Lobos: Good Morning Aztlán

It’s so easy to take Los Lobos for granted. Some of their records have been better than others, but they’ve never made a

Jazzanova: In Between

If any one collective typifies both the essence and inexorable rise of the European nu-jazz sound it is Berlin’s Jazzanova. The surprisingly large sales

Elvis Costello: When I Was Cruel

It’s not the old “loud” Elvis for sure, but the rhythmic and lyrical twists of this year’s model still make for one very good CD that reveals more with each repeated listen.

30 Seconds to Fame


She Spies

NBC’s new series She Spies immediately begs two questions. First, what is this tough girl T&A fantasy doing popping up mid-season and

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