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Tuesday, October 15 2002

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Will the Circle Be Unbroken Vol. III

It would be easy but unfair to accuse the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band of opportunism with the release of Will the Circle Be Unbroken Vol.


Buddy Miller: Midnight and Lonesome

Remember those miners that were trapped in Pennsylvania a couple of months ago? I hope you haven’t forgotten them or the people that rescued


Elk City: Hold Tight the Ropes

Okay, okay, so Elk City doesn’t really sound all that much like Television, but the above comparison is as good as any to get a handle on the great music that this beguiling NYC trio create.


The Bangs: Call and Response

Yeah I know, it’s a drag to read samey record critics praise the simpleminded rawk or the unadorned fun of yet another samey indie


Robbery Homicide Division

You have to hand it to 'Robbery Homicide Division'. It knows just where it comes from.


MDs

While the two MDs modeled on Pierce and McIntyre lovingly call their hospital 'the Mish' and claim to help those exploited by HMOs, the show mostly focuses on wealthy white doctors and administrators.


The Caroline Rhea Show

Rhea may not have come on with the same bombast that O'Donnell did, but, in a way, that's what makes her a winner.


Boomtown

By playing safe, they might just as easily be playing dead.


Birds of Prey

Follows neither the super-crip model of disability perception, where an individual's 'triumph' over disability is celebrated through public tokenism, nor the common perception of disability merely as an object of pity.


Monday, October 14 2002

The Residents: Demons Dance Alone

The Residents’ first album of entirely new material in five years is being greeted as a return to the pop format explored on previous albums


Reverend Horton Heat: Lucky 7

Once upon a time, the Reverend Horton Heat had a lot of fire. The Reverend was dark, scary, and fearful, mixing the threatening messages of


The Magnetic Fields: The Charm of the Highway Strip

The challenge of confining oneself to choose a single album that is the “best” from one’s collection is an insane project. For most of


Andrea Maxand: Angel Hat

From her earlier days with the Minerals, a Seattle-based indie-pop band, Andrea Maxand continues to forge a small but slowly widening fan base. With the


Baaba Maal: Missing You (Mi Yeewnii)

Baaba Maal is one of Senegal’s two biggest musical superstars (the other is Youssou N’Dour), and the only one who sings in the


Moodroom: Hung Up on Breathing

There’s a high level of sexiness built in to Moodroom’s debut disc Hung Up on Breathing. This Washington DC band has what it


Luna: Close Cover Before Striking

Luna is to indie rock what Hal Hartley is to indie filmmaking: well established but no sellout, distinctive but not repetitive, mannered but heartwrenching. Definitely


Future Bible Heroes: Eternal Youth

Despite what you may think, Future Bible Heroes are not ultramodern evangelists sent to save us from the vileness of modern society. Rather, they are


Friday, October 11 2002

Dorothy Parker’s Elbow: Tattoos on Writers, Writers on Tattoos Edited by Kim Addonizio and Cheryl D

Everybody, inked or not, has an opinion of tattooing, whether it's viewed with fear, admiration, loathing, or 21st century cynicism.


Thursday, October 10 2002

Various Artists: Telarc Jazz—Celebrating 25 Years

There was once, many years ago, a television program hosted by Oscar Peterson. It was all rather well heeled and respectable and was thought by


Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Music of the Appalachians

As the liner notes to The Rough Guide freely admit, the Appalachians stretch across a full eighteen states along the Eastern United States. That’s


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