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Tuesday, July 23 2002

The Trammps: self-titled

After two years of cutting singles for Buddha Records, the Trammps formed their own label in 1975, which they named Golden Fleece. A short time later,

Guided By Voices: Universal Truths and Cycles

It’s Robert Pollard’s world; we just live in it. Widely known as the highly prolific singer-songwriter for indie-rock heroes Guided By Voices, Pollard

Monday, July 22 2002

Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Delta Blues

Some people when they hear the words ‘Rough Guide’ perhaps think of travelogues. In addition to books, however, the company also produces and distributes sonic

Mull Historical Society: Loss

Call me shallow, but the cover art of Loss almost kept me from buying the thing. Nevermind the obsequious musings from the British press prominently

Billy Joel: The Nylon Curtain

Break all the records . . . burn the cassettes . . . It’s 1982. The United States (and the world at large) is adjusting to the next phase of the

Jeff Golub: Do It Again

Although he is a mainstay of smooth jazz charts and radio schedules, Jeff Golub belongs to one of the genre’s precursors rather than the

The Funerals: Pathetic Me

When you think of Icelandic bands, slowly the main claim to fame of Björk and The Sugarcubes starts to recede in favor of

The Dent: Neurotica

Finding new talent is always a personal celebration for me but when that talent finds me, it’s even more an endorsement of why I’

Neil Diamond: Play Me: The Complete Uni Studio Recordings . . . Plus!

For some 35 years, Neil Diamond has been the people’s singer. From his early days as a Brill Building songwriter-for-hire, to his still-yearly presence in

Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee Unviersity Review

Edited by R. T. Smith Washington & Lee University Published quarterly, 1 year, $22; 2 years, $40; 3 years, $54. Speaking the Mother Tongue of Art Literary journals in the United

Sex and the City

We discover new aspects about sex and female pleasure in nearly every episode of Sex and the City.

Meet the Marks

The label 'sitcom' is a misrepresentation. 'Meet the Marks' lacks comedy.

Mr. Show with Bob and David: The Complete First and Second Seasons

Sketch comedy with loose rules and borders, intermixing live sketches with filmed bits.


If the energy and originality of the storylines catch up with Monk and Sharon's dynamic, the series can only improve.


Donahue was visibly overwhelmed by the venom and ferocity of the guests' attacks against one another.

Thursday, July 18 2002

Silkworm: Italian Platinum

It’s sad when a band’s seventh album is the one that’s supposed to gain them widespread exposure in the underground, but doesn’

Scuba: King Britt Presents Scuba: Hidden Treasures

Who the hell is this guy? He’s been Silkworm, the DJ for early ‘90s flash-in-the-pan rappers Digable Planets. Remember Digable Planets? They were jazz-obsessed

Les Yeux Noirs: Balamouk

I recently saw Les Yeux Noirs playing to a sold-out enthusiastic crowd at Henflings, a little biker bar in the Santa Cruz Mountains. My first

Koop: Waltz for Koop

When you hear the new album by Swedish duo Koop, your first instinctive thought is, “This is a jazz album.” Even when you notice that

Solomon Burke: Don’t Give Up on Me

Soul artists the stature of James Brown and Aretha Franklin will always be worth paying attention to simply because of the magnitude of their past

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