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Sunday, February 23 2003

Doyle Bramhall: Fitchburg Street

Doyle Bramhall shouldn’t be confused with Doyle Bramhall II, the former lead singer of Arc Angels and successful blues solo artist. Yes, both have

All Night: self-titled

After a tumultuous period in the late ‘60s, when the American record industry had to chase trends that emerged organically from artistically and politically engaged

A*Teens: Pop ‘Til You Drop

If nothing else, you have to at least give the A*Teens credit for one smart move: if you’re going to commit commercial suicide

Thursday, February 20 2003

XTC: Skylarking

So, as an album, Skylarking is beautiful and whole and just shy of perfection enough that it doesn’t come off as too clean.

Various Artists: Nothing Left to Lose: A Tribute to Kris Kristofferson

It’s easy to remember single pieces of Kris Kristofferson’s career: his role in the Highwaymen, his work as a grizzled character actor, “Me

The Young Gods: Second Nature

Ever since Throbbing Gristle first chrome-plated their eerie, mechanical rock in the mid-‘70s, there have been countless imitators. However, at present, the electro-meets-metal guise

Gil Scott-Heron: Free Will

Gil Scott-Heron reinforces his position as Godfather of Rap on Free Will, an introspective and soulful album roughly the length of a demo tape. Police

Soft Cell: The Very Best of Soft Cell

I’m so tired of bitching about sloppy, incomplete compilations that it’s a thrill to find myself non-stop ecstatic dancing to The Very Best

Paper Moon: One Thousand Reasons to Stay . . . One to Leave

Though maybe not a thousand, there are certainly a great many reasons to like Paper Moon’s debut full-length release, One Thousand Reasons To Stay . . .

Doug Powell: The Lost Chord

If Doug Powell is the new Todd Rundgren, then The Lost Chord is his A Wizard, a True Star, the album where he takes his

Owl & the Pussycat: self-titled

Sometimes stillness and quiet can be more attention getting than noise and movement. The hush that falls over an audience just before a performance starts,

Lil’ Kim: Hardcore

Finding a favorite CD for an emotionally extreme ADD music junky like myself is only slightly better than asking me which one of my friends

Donny Hathaway: A Donny Hathaway Collection

Maybe it’s part of being a woman and a girl, this admiration for love that I have. It could be the elements—the gravity

Devo: Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!

In its “50 Most Essential Punk Records”, Spin magazine praised Devo’s Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! for being “laced with acrid

DJ Smash: Phonography: Volume 2

Acid jazz was never really a completely coherent genre. Instead it presented a grab bag of funky grooves from ‘60s and ‘70s soul jazz artists,

Ani Difranco: Evolve

Ani Difranco is a sort of modern-day Holden Caulfield. That is, if the subject of Catcher in the Rye would have been a bisexual female

Eric Andersen: Beat Avenue

Eric Andersen was in the same clique as Robert Zimmerman in the early ‘60s. Performing around the Greenwich Village coffeehouses and folk “cities”, the duo

ANTiSEEN: Drastic / E.P. Royalty

 ANTiSEEN Eat More Possum(TKO)Original US release dates: March 1993US reissue release date: 1 October 2002 by Mark DesrosiersPopMatters Features Editor and Columnist antiseen-drastic.jpg :.

The Life of David Gale (2003)

Only Clint Eastwood could have cooked up a more dramatic climax to an innocent-man-on-death-row plot, which he did, in True Crime.

Gerry (2002)

By turns daunting and absorbing, the film is about movement that seems hopeless, that takes you nowhere, that's increasingly slowed but also increasingly urgent.

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