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Tuesday, August 20 2002

Wayne Shorter: Footprints Live!

Wayne Shorter’s Footprints live! is the sax player’s first live album under his own name, which is difficult to believe given the length

Soulfly: 3

With the exception of a tiny handful of bands, the entire genre dubiously titled “nu-metal” has grown as tired as grunge circa 1994, and glam metal

El-P: Cannibal Oxtrumentals

There was only one hip-hop album last year that blew me away: Cannibal Ox’s The Cold Vein on Definitive Jux Records. This dark futuristic

Cinerama: Torino

It must have spooked David Gedge, singer and guitarist of Cinerama (and, lest we forget, hero and frontperson from Leeds’ sorely-missed The Wedding Present) to

Monday, August 19 2002

Schneider TM: Zoomer

Straight up, Schneider TM’s 1998 release, Moist wasn’t all that spectacular. And although this new record displays some rather interesting elements, it still doesn’

The Makers: Strangest Parade

If it’s true that you can learn about the world from listening to music, then it must also be true that some of that

The Lackloves: Starcitybaby

If you like the clean guitar sounds and fab beats of the Britpop songs of the mid-‘60s, then I’d say chances are strong

Stan Getz: The Very Best of Stan Getz

To a great many people, Stan Getz is the saxophonist who brought Brazilian music, specifically bossa nova, to the United States. There are few who

Neko Case: Blacklisted

Still, if given just a token listen and treated like nothing more than background music, the true depth of Blacklisted is missed. The one aspect of the record that marks a stylistic quantum leap from Furnace Room Lullaby is the quality of Case’s lyrics.

Stephen Ashbrook: American B Sides

Take a listen to the first track, “Rock ‘n’ Roll” here on Stephen Ashbrook’s album American B Sides. It pretty much tells the whole

Acid House Kings: Mondays Are Like Tuesdays and Tuesdays Are Like Wednesdays

Sometimes, you just can’t go home. Or perhaps, to put it more accurately, you shouldn’t go home. Johan Angergard formed the supremely mismonikered

    Liars: They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top

These days, there’s been a lot of talk about the resurrection of punk/post-punk by New York City bands. Generally, the narrative goes a

Maggie and the Ferocious Beast: Adventures in Nowhere Land

Maggie is more intent on teaching life lessons than providing visual candy or sheer entertainment; this is granola, not Lucky Charms.


The series repackages recorded crises and dramas into four one-hour episodes, compressing daily life and death into a glossy, strangely unreal product.


For the conflicted soap fan longing for a simulacrum of realism, EastEnders is an addictive slice of heaven.

The Anna Nicole Show

The Anna Nicole Show asks us to laugh at, not with, its pitiable subject.

Thursday, August 15 2002

Darius Rucker: Back to Then

“Dedication: to my wife and kids . . . and to Christopher Wallace (The Notorious B.I.G.) for bringing me back.”—Darius Rucker According to Darius Rucker,

Playgroup: DJ Kicks

Trevor Jackson has been buzzing the periphery of funky music since the late ‘80s, when he kick-started his feckless career by designing record sleeves for

Orbital: Work 1989-2002

Phil and Paul Hartnoll pieced together their classic electronic single “Chime” on their father’s broken tape recorder back in 1989. The conventional wisdom is that

Juliana Hatfield: Gold Stars: The Juliana Hatfield Collection 1992-2002

Just to get this right out of the way from the start, one of my true “rock star” moments was when, for a few months,

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