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Tuesday, August 27 2002

The Action: Rolled Gold

The Action were a George Martin-produced soul-pop band in mid-‘60s England, musical brothers of the early Who, The Small Faces, and the Zombies. Despite


Monday, August 26 2002

Various Artists: Dressed in Black:  A Tribute to Johnny Cash

If there’s anyone deserving a birthday extravaganza with lots of presents, it’s Johnny Cash, whose 70th birthday has been garnering serious—and well


Various Artists: Departures: Global Expeditions in Nu Jazz + Broken Beats

Is there a worse name for a sub-genre of music than “nu jazz”? The answer, it turns out, is yes—now some folks have taken


Doug Powell: The Lost Chord

“I say unto you: one must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.”—Frederich Nietzsche, from Thus


Palomar: Palomar II

The songs of Palomar are beyond peppy, blasting into full-blown exuberance. An infectious energy runs through all the NYC band’s material, fueled by who-knows-what


The Naysayer: Heaven, Hell or Houston

The Naysayer, as a band, is mostly a vehicle for the talents of Texas singer/songwriter Anna Padgett. However, the fact that its other members


Mingus Big Band: Tonight at Noon . . . Three or Four Shades of Love

Even the greenest of instrumental amateurs knows that which separates a good jazz musician from the rest of the pack is an intimate understanding of


Heather Myles: Sweet Talk & Good Lies

It’s been 10 years since Heather Myles released her debut album on Hightone records. The album, Just Like Old Times, has a few potential singles


Thursday, August 22 2002

Various Artists: Porno Chic 2

A real problem with compilations is the likelihood of them containing, if they are any good, tunes you already have at least once. Less of


Wondermints: Mind If We Make Love to You

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus—and in this world of unlikely longshots, some people do by and large win big lottery jackpots. It’


Sing-Sing: The Joy of Sing-Sing

It’s hard to believe it’s been six years since Lush’s final album, Lovelife. After bursting onto the scene in the early 1990s


Puffy AmiYumi: An Illustrated History

I am hereby requesting a ticket for a one-way flight to Japan -– anywhere in Japan would do. After listening to Puffy AmiYumi’s ‘An


Blue Mountain: Tonight It’s Now Or Never

It’s rare that you hear a band going out on the top of its game rather than grasping at lost musical straws as it


Undisputed (2002)

Masculinity, integrity, brutality: Walter Hill's usual themes.


Simone (2002)

Viktor sees his most attractive, resourceful, and prolific self in Simone.


Serving Sara (2002)

'My job sucks,' says Joe (Matthew Perry) at the beginning of Reginald Hudlin's peculiar romantic comedy.


One Hour Photo (2002)

Neatly, ominously, the film composes a bleak vision of Sy's consumption of and by his culture.


I’m Going Home (2001)

I'm Going Home not only retains its heart, but expands it until the film's emotional power is almost too much to handle.


I Am Trying to Break Your Heart (2002)

The apotheosis of a very good band, Sam Jones' I Am Trying to Break Your Heart begs the question of whether merely very good bands deserve to be deified.


Harvard Man (2001)

Harvard Man's refusal to pass judgment on characters' drug use is troubling.


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