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Wednesday, January 8 2003

Love with Arthur Lee

S E T    L I S T My Little Red BookOrange SkiesYour Mind and We Belong Together7 and 7 IsSigned D.C.Everybody’s

Counting Crows

For those of you who are familiar with Counting Crows’ morose recordings, let me assure you that lead singer Adam Duritz did not walk out

Tuesday, January 7 2003

Stereo Total: Oh Ah

If you’ve heard that schticky polyglot pan-European lounge-act Stereo Total were a must to catch live (which is something I’ve been told over

Donna Summer: Bad Girls (Deluxe Edition)

Originally released as a double-LP in 1979, Bad Girls fully established Donna Summer as pop icon. Replete with the epic production work of Giorgio Moroder and

G-Unit: Beg For Mercy

If you want to be a full-fledged star in today’s rap world, there are a few prerequisites. First, you should have a compelling story:

The Green Pajamas: Through Glass Colored Roses: The Best of the Green Pajamas

The soft and breathy approach quickly starts to feel bland over the long haul, and there are times when you find yourself wanting to tweak the knobs in the studio and spice the songs up a bit.

Ester Drang: Infinite Keys

Ester Drang‘s latest album might be one of the sleepers of 2003. The quartet, who toured most of this year behind this record, was recently

Erase Errata: At Crystal Palace

There’s a moment in “CA Viewing”—the second song off the second record from the first band to give women a meaningful place in

The Buttless Chaps: Love This Time

Band names can be a tricky thing. It’s difficult to find a band name that’s good as well as one that belies the

Sunday, January 5 2003

Various Artists: Going Driftless: An Artist’s Tribute to Greg Brown

Some Comp. Lit graduate student at N.Y.U. is hard at work on a dissertation entitled, “Tribute Albums: The Un/masking of Minstrels(y)

Bill Withers: Menagerie

Menagerie, the 1977 album by soul star Bill Withers, sounds a bit similar to the excellent ‘70s Reprise albums of ace New Orleans producer and arranger

Maritime Jazz Orchestra: Now and Now Again

The Maritime Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of saxophonist Greg Carter, have steadily been acquiring a reputation for large group playing that is “advanced” but

Bill Hicks: Love Laughter and Truth / Flying Saucer Tour Vol. 1 - Pittsburgh, PA. 6/20/91

Over the past 20 years or so, the number of stand-up comedians who are eager to do anything to make it big has skyrocketed, yet so

Tom Hooper: The Unexplored Cosmos

The Grapes of Wrath’s four albums between 1986 and 1991 delivered some of the finest introspective folk/rock music ever. Some songs offered up quiet guitar

David Hurn: He Was a Woman

Like a plethora of British folk pop singers like David Gray and more recently James Yorkston, David Hurn finds himself in a dilemma many are

Fat Joe: Loyalty

As I think back to this past year’s MTV Spring Break broadcasts, one single, solitary, haunting image keeps coming to mind. Come on people,

Fuzzbubble: Demos, Out-takes and Rarities

In a season of pleasant musical finds, one that has taken me unawares has been the discovery of this incredibly rich collection of Demos, Out-takes

Kimya Dawson: I’m Sorry That Sometimes I’m Mean

Kimya Dawson’s new solo release, I’m Sorry That Sometimes I’m Mean, is no Moldy Peaches record, but that’s not necessarily a

Leonard Cohen: The Essential Leonard Cohen

Poet. Novelist. Buddhist monk. Renowned ladies’ man. One of the greatest Canadian songwriters who has ever lived. Who else can I be talking about, other than one Leonard Cohen?

Cowboy Nation: Cowgirl A-Go-Go

There’s a distinct difference between country music and cowboy music. The former can evoke images of sweeping plains, dusty roads and dry paddocks, yet

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