Tuesday, January 21 2003
In the glory years of Broadway, the “great white way” was the only game in town. Big-time musicals once attracted the very best in songwriting
Talking Mbira will very likely end up as one of my top five records this year. It is gutsy and tuneful and smart, and beauty
Together, the two discs compliment each other well in an odd and circular way. Both are representative of what Sabbath was in the ‘70s; if they weren’t on, they were off and on the verge of destruction.
Yes, I am an unabashed ABBA fan for the simple reason that the time and effort put into the composition, arrangement, and recording of these
Sunday, January 19 2003
Yes, that’s right. In addition to playing the music and lighting the lights, it’s also time to put on make-up and dress up
It’s a long-overdue retrospective of one of the most influential artists in pop music history.
Chip Taylor (born John Wesley Voight) will of course never be as famous as his Midnight Cowboy-starring older sibling Jon Voight. However, Taylor’s artistry
A little story: Once upon a time, you’re a struggling rock act in some weary old town where no one listens to anything not
So here’s my pick for under-the-radar album of the year: the fantastically strange, way out-there-yet-incessantly-catchy-and-accessible self-titled debut from Nashville’s Starclock. Starclock is the
If any band is worthy of the “best of” or “greatest hits” packages that have become so prevalent in the past few years it has
I owe this to Wes Anderson. After the final credits rolled on the director’s The Royal Tenenbaums, I rushed from the theatre to the
In my bleakest hours, there are some records I’ll always turn to. Quietly wretched and tuneful, they don’t bother me with quick tempos
What do you get when you mix “traditional blues progressions” and “Black Flag-esque dissonance”? Apparently you get some rather standard hard rock. The latest entry
Is there anyone who would begrudge the Thin White Duke a two-disc greatest hits collection? I think not. Love him or hate him, it’s
Friday, January 17 2003
René Clair combined music and sound effects in addition to minimal dialogue, with a moving camera in order to involve the eye as well as the ear.
Fuller never gave a bad interview, remaining throughout his career grandiose, garrulous, and gung-ho about moviemaking.
We don't know what's out there, but we're pretty sure it isn't up to any good.
Thursday, January 16 2003
For a small yet impassioned group of audiophiles, Harry Smith’s Anthology of Folk Music represents the Rosetta Stone of any music claiming the title “
This debut album by Tinariwen, also known as the Tuareg Rebel Blues Band, can seem the antithesis of Western pop music, even that generated by the engines currently driving the world music markets.
Sixpence None the Richer’s new album, Divine Discontent is 13 songs of pure pop genius. A big call, I know, but every song on the