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Tuesday, June 11 2002

The National Trust: Dekkagar

The National Trust have concocted an unusual brew in their latest disc for Thrill Jockey, Dekkagar, using rich and syrupy ingredients that have not been


Nas: Stillmatic

Like all true Nas fans, when I heard these words sung on the hook of the first single from his last LP Nastrodamus, I cringed.


Van Morrison: Down the Road

Beginning with the opening groans of Van Morrison’s desperately optimistic harmonica, a minor crisis is at play here. “And I got to be so


The Flatlanders: Now Again

The landscape of Texas seems filled with vast expanses of land and sky, with trains and grain, dust clouds and full moons. The musical voice


Elf Power: Creatures

Since Elf Power first formed as the low-key recording project of Andrew Rieger and Laura Carter in 1994, the band has gone through a scattered cast


Electric Soft Parade: Holes in the Wall

Another sibling duo with the surname White have come to breathe life into a dying musical genre. While Meg and Jack White (of the White


Monday, June 10 2002

Various Artists: Smooth Grooves: Cruisin’ Classics

One of the functional myths of the post-World War II era circulated in the image of the Ford Mustang—top down, hair in the breeze—


SpinacHoney: Chosen

Roll over, spring. Summer’s just around the corner and that means it’s time to cue up the music that will define the year’


Rusted Root: Welcome to My Party

At a time when most teens were washing down their angst with copious amounts of grunge, the neo-hippie optimism of bands like Rusted Root was


Mark Eitzel: Music for Courage and Confidence

Mark Eitzel has spent the better part of the last 15 years—first with his band American Music Club, and more recently, with his solo career—


The BellRays: In the Light of the Sun

If you take a listen to any of the BellRays’ songs from the past couple years, such as “Fire on the Moon” or “Blues for


Cristina Branco: Corpo Illuminado

When I hear Portuguese fadista Cristina Branco sing, words like pristine vocals come to mind. She is known for her superb diction and phrasing and


The Blasters: Testament: The Complete Slash Recordings

Travel with me, kiddies, if you will, back to the magic days of 1980 Los Angeles when punk rock was king and the City of Angels


Path to War

It attempts to rehabilitate Johnson (Michael Gambon) as a President whose considerable political and social policy achievements have been forever overshadowed by his escalation of the Vietnam War.


Kim Possible

Its merit lies primarily in heroine Kim Possible.


Enterprise

From its start, Enterprise admits its complicity in this history, admits that exploration is a form of colonization.


Dexter’s Laboratory

PULL


Buffy the Vampire Slayer

To think of Willow and Tara only in terms of their lesbianism is to do a disservice to lovers who were fully realized, regardless of their gender or orientation.


Thursday, June 6 2002

Various Artists: Philadelphia Classics

“As the dance floor itself became a site where the African-American diaspora reintegrated with itself, Gamble and Huff…created a soundtrack aimed at repairing and


Tindersticks: Trouble Every Day

“When you look through my eyes, you see trouble everyday.” —Tindersticks, “Opening Titles” So begins the first song on Tindersticks’ haunting soundtrack to Trouble Every


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