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Thursday, October 24 2002

Iron Maiden: Rock in Rio

Earlier this year, I wrote a review of Iron Maiden’s CD release of Rock in Rio, their January, 2001 performance which was recorded for both

Herbie Hancock: The Herbie Hancock Box

Herbie Hancock may just be the most comfortable performer ever with the jazz dichotomy between the funky, earthy, gospel-influenced and the lyrical, abstract. He’s

Charlie Christian: Genius of the Electric Guitar

Just before the Conner McCloud lopped off the bad guys’ head at the end of The Highlander he managed to grunt, “there can be only

Beck: Sea Change

I admit I was one of those people who didn’t “get” Beck when he first appeared on the scene in the early ‘90s. I

Take Care of My Cat (2002)

If it breaks no new aesthetic or structural ground, 'Take Care of My Cat' is honest and tender, remarkably specific about girls' experiences.

Paid in Full (2002)

As familiar as this story sounds (and is), Ace is hardly your usual somebody.

Ghost Ship (2002)

The best surprise of 'Ghost Ship' is that it's surprisingly good, spooky, fun, and stylish.

Auto Focus (2002)

Paul Schrader's 'Auto Focus' is, as its title suggests, about self-interest and -obsession.

Wednesday, October 23 2002

The Windmills: Sunlight

The Windmills are one of a plethora of British pop bands who have the melodies and harmonies needed to break into the spotlight, but for

André Toussaint: Bahamian Ballads: The Songs of André Toussaint

Listeners who know Alan Lomax’s 1935 Bahamian field recordings, or the rhyming spirituals of Bahamian roots artists like the Pinder Family and Joseph Spence (whose

Rose Smith: Dawn Raiding

“The singer-songwriter imperative is weakened but still with us, providing new voices and nonvoices each year . . .”—Richard Reinhardt Once upon time, as a DJ at

Eliades Ochoa: Estoy Como Nunca

Eliades Ochoa appears strolling down the rusted train tracks in his featured segment in Wim Wender’s documentary Buena Vista Social Club. While the other

Manfred Mann: Classic Masters

The Classic Masters series from EMI/Capitol can be, in some cases, an excellent way of producing a best-of collection for an artist with very

Billie Holiday: The Best of Billie Holiday (20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection)

The Best of Billie Holiday 20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection is a wonderful introduction to the artist. Holiday’s musical career spanned the years

Blur: Parklife

It’s really easy to analyze new releases from every Tom, Dick, and Harry out there. It’s damn hard to write a review of

Bikeride: Morning Macumba

The word “cute” is rich with connotations but empty of real aesthetic weight. A critic can bandy the word about only when all other possibilities

Thievery Corporation

The Indian Summer that England has been enjoying just ended abruptly, and outside the cold weather is beating London like a ginger-haired stepchild. The front

Shellac of North America

What to say about Steve Albini? I can tell you this much—he never played Texas. I heard someone say once that Albini hates the

Three Tales by Steve Reich and Beryl Korot

Minimalist composer Steve Reich and his wife, video artist Beryl Korot, gained notoriety in 1993 with their collaboration on the large-scale “documentary video opera” The Cave,

Stephin Merritt

It is a curious thing to see a rock show in an opera house. The smoking hipsters are replaced with polite and wholesome-looking theatre-going folk.

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