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Thursday, December 19 2002

Various Artists: Pure Slow Jams

The late Melvin Lindsey was an intern at Howard University’s WHUR in 1976, when the station’s programming director gave him the go ahead to

Yohimbe Brothers: Front End Lifter

I gather that many people felt Living Colour was groundbreaking simply by virtue of having African-Americans fronting a metal band. All I remember about them

Stickfigure: Ape of the Kings

Does fame and reputation in one field help or hinder a burgeoning career elsewhere? This is the nagging question behind the music with this recent

Röyksopp: Melody A.M.

Aside from the obvious comparisons to Air, or any other European down-tempo impresario, they wear their affection for pure pop sound producing on their parkas.

L.L. Cool J: 10

L.L. is at his best when the chips are down. That’s always been the pattern. He grew up poor and scared and ambitious

Khia: Thug Misses

There’s a long list of women in music who have appropriated “bitch” like it’s some claim to liberation and aggression that all women

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones: Live at the Quick

You take a lot of things away from Bela Fleck’s music: awe at the skill on display, a sneaking suspicion that maybe the music

Two Weeks Notice (2002)

People keep wanting Sandy Bullock to be sweet and feisty like she was in Speed.

The 25th Hour (2002)

The 25th Hour opens with huge, hard-hitting shots of the March 2002 tribute to the Twin Towers, the towers of light.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

It's useful to remember that, offscreen, both good and bad tend to be tricksy.

Gangs of New York (2002)

Daniel Day-Lewis wears a tall stovepipe hat in Martin Scorsese's long-awaited Gangs of New York.

Don’s Plum (1995)

And so the clichés begin.

Antwone Fisher (2002)

This single-mindedness can feel limited; there's obviously more to Antwone's story than the scenes in which he appears.

Tuesday, December 17 2002

Various Artists: The Time-Life Treasury of Christmas / A Peaceful Christmas

I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for the red, white, and green. Never mind that I’m a lifelong agnostic raised by Zen

Why Make Clocks: Fifteen Feet and Twenty Degrees

The outstanding feature of Why Make Clocks’ debut full-length release, Fifteen Feet and Twenty Degrees is its honesty. With steady and low guitars, deliberately unhurried,

Townes Van Zandt: A Gentle Evening with Townes Van Zandt

Townes Van Zandt rightfully enjoys near-sainthood status as a legendary songwriter. For clear, concise songs that address every facet of the human condition, you can’

Ride: OX4_ The Best of Ride

We know the exact year (1989) when Ride rushed out of the North Oxford Art College hoping to dose us all with some noisy and joyous

Liars: Fins to Make Us More Fish-Like

Admitting you’re a liar is the most honest thing a person can do,” spits the looming 6’6” frontman of New York’s heirs of glorious

GusGus: Attention

The first time I heard the band GusGus was in a commercial for the 1998 movie Out of Sight. The loud, distorted crunch of an organ,

The Cranberries: Stars:  The Best of 1992-2002

Despite the title of their debut album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, when the Cranberries first made the scene in

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