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Sunday, January 12 2003

Don Nix: Goin’ Down: The Songs of Don Nix

Little did my rural mail carrier know he was delivering an incendiary device when he slipped that brown flat cardboard mailer in that nondescript rural

MIDIval PunditZ: self-titled

This duo from New Delhi is out to prove that there is more to Indian techno than just bhangra and electro-tabla whiz Karsh Kale. Ultimately,

Menthol: Danger: Rock Science!

The stories of small rock bands against the mighty labels litter the pages of music history like so many bad parables. David and Goliath ad

Mississippi Fred McDowell: Mama Says I’m Crazy

About midway through the first listen of Mississippi Fred McDowell’s Mama Says I’m Crazy, I’d more or less decided to write off

Guided By Voices: The Pipe Dreams of Instant Prince Whippet

Guided By Voices’ 10-song EP The Pipe Dreams of Instant Prince Whippet is release #24 in The Fading Captain Series, which GBV captain Robert Pollard uses

The Dudley Corporation: The Lonely World of the Dudley Corporation

OK, heads down again, rockers. It’s time to plunge ahead (again) into Eternal Recurrence, that noisy wheel that routinely spits out nice chunks of

Franklin Bruno: A Cat May Look at a Queen

Before listening to Franklin Bruno’s new CD, throw on your bathing suit, grab a glass of lemonade with a little umbrella sticking out, and

Bukkene Bruse: The Loveliest Rose

The Loveliest Rose is an album of Christmas music from Norway; but don’t expect “Deck the Halls With Boughs of Holly” or even “Good

Biffy Clyro: Blackened Sky

Biffy Clyro started out as a teenaged group in the mid-‘90s in a small village in Scotland. Influenced by Nirvana and Guns ‘N Roses

Friday, January 10 2003

Interview With the Assassin (2002)

When the movie does work, it's more often than not because of Raymond J. Berry's understated rendering of the assassin as a simple, humorless man.

Thursday, January 9 2003

The Shimmer Kids UnderPop Association: The Natural Riot

It could have been great. It had all the right ideas, right motivations. The key ingredients. A psychedelic underground pop band, straight from the streets

The Shazam: Tomorrow the World

This is very good news indeed. Just when doubts were brewing about whether The Shazam could return to the kind of form displayed on their

Rhett Miller: The Instigator

For nearly 10 years, Rhett Miller and his band Old 97’s have defied simple categorization. Alt-country? Sure, in that they don’t play the typical gag

Diana Krall: Live in Paris

 DIANA KRALL Live in Paris [DVD](Eagle Eye Media)US release date: 2 April 2002UK release date: 1 April 2002 by Wayne Franklin kralldiana-live.jpg :. e-mail this

Al Jarreau: All I Got

Al Jarreau was going to be as important as Curtis, Marvin, or Stevie. At least that was the way he was talked about briefly in 1975

Hot Water Music: Caution

As musical genres go, few are more limiting than hardcore punk rock. After all, there’s only so much that you can do with three

FC Kahuna: Machine Says Yes

Here it is, people—a dance album without clichés, and a group that refuses to do what they’re “supposed” to do (crank out

Miles Davis: The Miles Davis Story [DVD]

During the introduction to this DVD biography of Miles Davis released by Sony Music Miles’ onetime mentor, trumpeter Clark Terry, points out that the tension

Elvis Costello & The Imposters: Cruel Smile

Elvis Costello is one of those artists that people love. Not just listen to and like, not just appreciate and admire, but actually wholly love,

Common: Electric Circus

So here’s the burden—you’ve been heralded as this generation’s Celebrity Gramscian. You know, the kind of brotha given to counter hegemonic

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