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Tuesday, July 30 2002

Dolly Parton: Halos and Horns

Although it might seem strange, Dolly Parton’s return to her roots was something of a risk. The first record of her bluegrass trilogy, The

Archer Prewitt: Three

Once synonymous with the post-rock hybrid and its indulges into pretentious mechanics, the Thrill Jockey label has shed itself of its countless Tortoise side-project excursions

Interpol: The Interpol EP

With this EP, Interpol prove that they are more than ready to take the title of most important band and run with it.

Kenny Garrett: Happy People

LListening to Kenny Garrett’s sweet-tough sax on Happy Days, his seventh outing for Warners, it is tempting to speculate on what might have happened

Jay Bennett and Edward Burch: The Palace at 4am (Part I)

Let’s be clear about a couple of things. First, this article is about Jay Bennett, Edward Burch, and their intriguing debut album, The Palace

Aloha: Sugar

Described so astutely by an All Music Guide reviewer as “that one band with the vibraphone”, Cleveland-based four-piece Aloha has gone through some interesting changes

Susanne Abbuehl: April

Swiss singer Susanne Abbuehl seems an artist ready made for ECM Records’ aesthetic—quiet, contemplative, romantic with a measure of melancholy, with an exquisitely beautiful

Monday, July 29 2002

The Velvet Underground & Nico: self-titled

What more needs to be said about The Velvet Underground’s first album, The Velvet Underground & Nico, that hasn’t been said already, countless

Pinebender: Too Good to be True

A few years back, Chicago trio Pinebender flew in straight outta left field and delivered one of the most intriguing, engaging records of 1998, Things Are

Eric Lichter: Palm Wine Sunday Blue

It’s always nice to find a soft-spoken CD that gets your attention with quirky details, e.g., unusual instrumentation, unexpected hooks, and pleasant melodies

Juba Collective: self-titled

The overall concept of the project emphasizes the importance of Dance and Groove in creative music. Dance music can incorporate many styles and approaches to

Freescha: Slower Than Church Music

The San Francisco duo of Nick Huntington and Michael McGroarty, better known as Freescha, shouldn’t throw a scare into the electronica scene. The sons

Dianogah: Millions of Brazilians

It is well known that the guitar is both the playboy and the drama queen of the rock world: it screams, wails, and weeps. Dianogah’

Greg Brown: Milk of the Moon

Getting to the heart of the matter has never been difficult for folk singer/songwriter Greg Brown. Maybe it has something to do with fact


Despite strong anti-war sentiments in the 60's, this war comic was extremely popular with audiences.

To Be Kurt, Not Short: A Three-Part Interview with Kurt Busiek

Kurt speaks with A. David Lewis about his relationship with Marvel Comics, the difference between history and continuity, and what 'truly' matters to the readers.

Thursday, July 25 2002

Tabla Beat Science: Live in San Francisco at Stern Grove

This is a recording of a concert that took place on 12 August 2001, in front of approximately 12,000 people in San Francisco’s Stern Grove Park. I

Greg Osby: Inner Circle

In his book New York Is Now, Phil Freeman describes the beginnings of a shift in the audience for jazz/improvised music, as practiced by

Laura Nyro: Eli and the Thirteenth Confession / Gonna Take a Miracle / New York Tendaberry

“I’m not interested in conventional limitations when it comes to my songwriting . . . I can say anything. It’s about self-expression. It knows no package—

Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, Roy Hargrove: Directions in Music: Celebrating Miles Davis & John

By nature, I tend to be leery of all-star bands, or should I say recordings of all-star bands, especially when they exist primarily to pay

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