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Thursday, November 7 2002

Thelonious Monk: Monk’s Dream / Monk. / At Newport 1963 & 1965

By the time Thelonious Monk appeared on the cover of Time Magazine in 1964, anointed as the cool weird slightly scary jazzbo that it was okay

Miguel Migs: Colorful You

It’s been a great year for San Francisco’s Naked Music. Actually, every year in the house label’s scant four-year existence has been

Yo-Yo Ma: Bach / Cello Suites Nos. 1, 5 & 6

The love of one’s country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border? —Pablo Casals Recorded in a digital studio

Charles Lloyd: Lift Every Voice

Charles Lloyd was booked to play at The Blue Note in New York City during the week of September 11. Though his performances were postponed until

Imperial Teen: Live at Maxwell’s

Jonathan looks at me sincerely, waiting for my answer. A friend’s band will be opening for Imperial Teen, and we talk about how much

Ikara Colt: Chat and Business

Most prominent among Ikara Colt’s influences are Sonic Youth and Joy Division. Couple that druggy, growling aesthetic with the vim and vigor of a

Gin Blossoms: New Miserable Experience (Deluxe Edition)

Okay, right off the bat, let’s acknowledge that it’s just not cool to like the Gin Blossoms. They were one of those bands

Fairport Convention: The Best of Fairport Convention (20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collecti

Fairport Convention, as it existed in the mid-to-late ‘60s, may be the best folk-rock band you’ve never heard of. This is especially true if

David Friesen and Jeff Gardner: Grace

If there has been a more mellow, melodic and downright charming jazz release in 2002 than Grace, could someone please forward it to me directly? I

T-Model Ford: Bad Man

If you like your blues raw and a little bit ragged, Fat Possum is a label to explore. On this record in particular you won’


'Fiction' and 'reality' aren't so much opposites as they are of a piece.

Australians Unite

We discovered, in the most painful and tragic way, that we're not so safe, after all.

Real Women Have Curves (2002)

Mature and self-confident, Ana rejects traditional notions of a woman's worth.

Femme Fatale (2002)

Rebecca Romijn-Stamos' central function is looking great and so, confounding various men around her.

Far From Heaven (2002)

Just beneath this conservative façade lies a complicated and progressive commentary on the present that Todd Haynes leaves to the viewer to interpret.

8 Mile (2002)

Such fictionalizing ensures Eminem's lovability, across all categories.

Biggie and Tupac (2002)

Biggie and Tupac is best when it's not making assertions (most of which are not new and most of which are going to be tedious to anyone who's read anything about the cases in the past).

Wednesday, November 6 2002

The Smiths: The World Won’t Listen

It began, as decidedly few things in this world do, with a cassette single of Rick Astley’s 1987 hit, “Never Gonna Give You Up”. In ‘87,

The Replacements: Don’t Tell a Soul

“It’s too late to turn back, here we go” —The Replacements, “Talent Show” It was April of 1991. My ex-fiancé and I were wandering around


Three years ago at the inaugural Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, fans who gathered around the second stage each night got

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