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Wednesday, August 28 2002

The Courage of Strangers: Coming of Age with the Human Rights Movement by Jeri Laber

In chronicling her life as a human rights activist, Laber reveals how human rights theory and practice can be wedded in such a way that both fields are enriched.

Tuesday, August 27 2002

Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Paris Café Music

For several years, the Rough Guide book company and the World Music Network recording label have been producing collections of songs that characterize well-known travel

John Surman / Jack DeJohnette: Invisible Nature

John Surman has had a wide ranging and varied career playing an unusual combination of instruments. As a baritone saxophonist, he is in a rarified

Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited: Jet Sound Inc.

Lounge Lizards, Swingers, and Hipsters of the 21st century unite! We have found our soundtrack. The ultra-hip Swiss of Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited have given

Mike Ireland and Holler: Try Again

When the world was a little younger, alternative and country went together like milk and whiskey. The Alternative Country label came later, and got stuck

Dag Nasty: Minority of One

Revelation Records called it “the most important release in the history of our label.” No small claim from a label whose catalog reads like a “

The Action: Rolled Gold

The Action were a George Martin-produced soul-pop band in mid-‘60s England, musical brothers of the early Who, The Small Faces, and the Zombies. Despite

Monday, August 26 2002

Various Artists: Dressed in Black:  A Tribute to Johnny Cash

If there’s anyone deserving a birthday extravaganza with lots of presents, it’s Johnny Cash, whose 70th birthday has been garnering serious—and well

Various Artists: Departures: Global Expeditions in Nu Jazz + Broken Beats

Is there a worse name for a sub-genre of music than “nu jazz”? The answer, it turns out, is yes—now some folks have taken

Doug Powell: The Lost Chord

“I say unto you: one must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.”—Frederich Nietzsche, from Thus

Palomar: Palomar II

The songs of Palomar are beyond peppy, blasting into full-blown exuberance. An infectious energy runs through all the NYC band’s material, fueled by who-knows-what

The Naysayer: Heaven, Hell or Houston

The Naysayer, as a band, is mostly a vehicle for the talents of Texas singer/songwriter Anna Padgett. However, the fact that its other members

Mingus Big Band: Tonight at Noon . . . Three or Four Shades of Love

Even the greenest of instrumental amateurs knows that which separates a good jazz musician from the rest of the pack is an intimate understanding of

Heather Myles: Sweet Talk & Good Lies

It’s been 10 years since Heather Myles released her debut album on Hightone records. The album, Just Like Old Times, has a few potential singles

Thursday, August 22 2002

Various Artists: Porno Chic 2

A real problem with compilations is the likelihood of them containing, if they are any good, tunes you already have at least once. Less of

Wondermints: Mind If We Make Love to You

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus—and in this world of unlikely longshots, some people do by and large win big lottery jackpots. It’

Sing-Sing: The Joy of Sing-Sing

It’s hard to believe it’s been six years since Lush’s final album, Lovelife. After bursting onto the scene in the early 1990s

Puffy AmiYumi: An Illustrated History

I am hereby requesting a ticket for a one-way flight to Japan -– anywhere in Japan would do. After listening to Puffy AmiYumi’s ‘An

Blue Mountain: Tonight It’s Now Or Never

It’s rare that you hear a band going out on the top of its game rather than grasping at lost musical straws as it

Undisputed (2002)

Masculinity, integrity, brutality: Walter Hill's usual themes.

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