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Tuesday, December 17 2002

Cribabi: Volume

Okay, this one’s new: singer Yukari Fujiu, an established J-pop star in the Japanese girl band The Groopies, buys a learn-to-speak-English book and tape,


Monday, December 16 2002

Various Artists: MTV2 Handpicked, Volume 2

In this day and age, it’s very difficult to find a compilation album that actually has more than two hit songs on it. Usually


The The: Dusk [Original Recording Remastered]

Dusk, arguably, stands as The The’s last great album. There have been a couple of records since, including the guilty pleasures of the Hank


Scapegoat Wax: SWAX

On the opening track of SWAX, Scapegoat Wax lead singer Marty James introduces himself and asks, “You want to know who I am trying to


Ono: Yang Yang

At first, a Yoko Ono remix project might seem like some kind of kitschy hipster joke. After all, Ono is probably one of the most


Paul McCartney: Back in the U.S. Live 2002

In 2002, Paul McCartney embarked on his first American tour since 1993, and in the time between tours, Paul’s, er, sorry, Sir Paul’s life has


Gregory Isaacs: More Gregory / Night Nurse / Out Deh

This is an important trio of re-mastered and enlarged re-issues, chronicling a period when Jamaica’s most individual vocal genius was close to being a


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,


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