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Tuesday, September 10 2002

Knife in the Water: Crosspross Bells

Out of chaos comes order. Before I pat myself on the back for coming up with such a great theory, I’ll apply it to


Kind of Like Spitting: Bridges Worth Burning

Ben Barnett has a few problems, and by gum, he wants to tell you all about them. “Great”, you say. “I’ve got enough problems


Joe Henderson: Inner Urge

On November 30, 1964, nine days before John Coltrane would record A Love Supreme in the same room, late tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson brought two-thirds of Coltrane’


Asia: Anthologia:  The 25th Anniversary / Geffen Years Collection (1982-1990)

The opening line of this two-disc set’s liner notes sums up the band’s origins in simple recipe form: “Take one part Yes, one


Aphrodite: Aftershock

“We ask that you relax and feel the rhythm at all times. Please make sure that your seat backs are in their upright and locked


Monday, September 9 2002

Voodoo Glow Skulls: Steady as She Goes

Simply stated, this is one band you gotta listen to, if you want an honest appraisal of life among the not-so-rich-and-famous. You know, those men


Track Star: Lion Destroyed the Whole World

Sadly, the album goes all to hell after that. To Track Star’s credit, it tries damned hard to create a big, beautiful guitar-pop record,


The Shining: True Skies

The seemingly impossible keeps happening, so maybe the world is coming to an end. Let’s assess: For the first time in ages, Oasis has


Ray Mason Band: Three Dollar Man

Imagine NRBQ being fronted by Neil Young and you’ve got yourself a good idea of the sort of musical fun The Ray Mason Band


Bob Marley: Natural Mystic / Talkin’ Blues

I remember clearly the week Bob Marley died. There were a lot of rumors going around about him—he had cancer; he was getting better;


Loscil: Triple Point

Using the laws of thermodynamics as the underpinnings for a concept album of electronic beat music is a potentially treacherous proposition. Each of the vignettes


Hot Hot Heat: Scenes One Through Thirteen

Hot Hot Heat hail from Victoria, British Columbia, not the first place that comes to mind when you think of hotbeds of musical activity, though


Friday, September 6 2002

The Three Stooges: Cops and Robbers (2002)

Upping the antes set by previous physical comedians... the Stooges tripled the pratfalls and eliminated the plot.


Secret Ballot (2001)

If its feminism is unmistakable, Secret Ballot's stance on democracy is more complex.


Mostly Martha (2001)

Where last year's 'Amélie' was criticized for presenting an idealized France... 'Mostly Martha'> has to be one of the least German movies ever to come out of Germany.


*Corpus Callosum (2002)

It's like 'Office Space' in the fourth dimension.


City by the Sea (2002)

All these horrors in one family might easily lead to questions concerning genetics and proclivity, codes of masculinity and violence.


Blood: The Last Vampire (2000)

Blood: The Last Vampire is precisely the standard to which all adult-oriented animation should rightfully aspire.


Thursday, September 5 2002

Various Artists: California Dreamin’

A disturbingly high proportion of 2002’s myriad downtempo, chill-out or lounge compilations have a distinct aroma of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s to them.


Silverchair: Diorama

Pity poor Silverchair. Despite the fact that they’ve now released three albums since their debut smash, the prepubescent grunge-fest Frogstomp, the band still can’


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