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Monday, October 7 2002

Pepper: Kona Town

First things first. Get the nutshell version of the review out of the way. Kona Town hail from Hawaii and have since relocated to California.


Johnny Paycheck: The Soul & The Edge: The Best of Johnny Paycheck

In 1972, Johnny Paycheck released what eventually became one of his best-known singles, “She’s All I Got”. An emblematic example of the countrypolitan sound, the


Penny Dreadful: Sanctuary

Three kids get together to form a rock band; two of them play guitar and one plays drums. They sit around listening to U2 and


Jerzee Monét: Love & War

If you’ve listened to the radio lately, your attention might have been aroused by a mysterious voice singing what seems to be more of


The Loveless: A Tale of Gin and Salvation

You might have expected the favourite album of a PopMatters writer like myself to be one of the classics by the usual suspects of the


The Gourds: Cow Fish Fowl or Pig

If I was to list my five favorite cover songs of all time, The Gourds’ country hoe-down version of Snoop Dogg’s signature song “Gin


What I Like About You

Perhaps What I Like About You will be a little cultural barometer, mirroring X and Y tastes and giving both generations one more home in primetime.


John Doe

In John Doe, suspense takes a backseat to certainty.


Hidden Hills

Even more problematic is the moment when it's time for the episode's moral message, delivered with the subtlety of a bumper sticker.


American Dreams

American Dreams recognizes an important point: rock and roll was deeply dependent on television in its early days. And that hasn't really changed.


Thursday, October 3 2002

Various Artists: Bhangra Beatz: A Naxos World Collection

[Banished words/phrases in this review: Bollywood, India/Pakistan conflict, “gang-bhangers”.] Double-headed drums dominate the two main strains of Indian-derived dance music floating around these


Squarepusher: Do You Know Squarepusher?

I’ve always been a diehard Squarepusher fan. Since his days of acid drum and bass, I’ve worshiped every note he’s played on


Andy Stochansky: Five Star Motel

Andy Stochansky’s music never made it out of my scorched earth break-up. For the longest time, he inhabited the ruined space of everything that


OK GO: self-titled

Take some smart guys a la Weezer, mix in a little bit of The Cars, add in some organic elements of J. Geils Band, stir


Dizzy Gillespie: Odyssey: 1945-1952

Dizzy Gillespie is one of the most important figures in jazz, period. An innovative and original trumpet player, prolific composer, musical visionary, generous teacher and


Steve Earle: Jerusalem

Steve Earle has always been a guy who is never afraid to shoot his mouth off, and with 'Jerusalem', his timing is perfect, as his own razor-sharp words slice through the shallow slop of almost all 9-11-inspired music that has come out to date.


Natalie Cole: Ask a Woman Who Knows

In spite of a long and successful career, not to mention the odd Grammy or two, it remains the case that Natalie Cole has never


C.O.C.O.: The C.O.C.O. Sound

How much more minimalism is possible before a band dissolves into nothing? C.O.C.O is frighteningly empty of personnel (Chris Sutton—who’s


The Byrds: The Byrds Play Dylan

When Dylan sang “The Times They Are A-Changin’” in 1963, he sang it with the voice of a prophet; when the Byrds sang the same song


Vanya on 42nd Street (1994)

Elastic yet precise, Malle's film has the vitality and vividness of a Renoir -- it breathes.


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