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Monday, November 26 2001

Various Artists: Cinemaphonic: Soul Punch—A Selection of British Library Music 1970-1976

With perhaps the most misleading label to ever be applied to a particular genre, library music was music originally recorded with the intention of being


The Witch Hazel Sound: This World, Then the Fireworks…

You hear it right away in the opening strains of the lead track, “Music Becomes Vibration”. A buzzing hum rises in your headphones, then an


The Melody Unit: Choose Your Own Adventure

In these hectic times of business-as-usual during heightened alert, music has proven a steady refuge throughout. It’s my pleasure to report that The Melody


Hadacol: All in Your Head

In the ‘40s, Hadacol was a phenomenally popular and equally strong alcoholic elixir that sponsored Hank Williams’ radio show. It’s safe to say that


Fin Fang Foom: Texture, Structure, and the Condition of Moods

Fin Fang Foom (yes, they are indeed named after the Marvel Comics character) are a band who don’t want to be labeled “math rock”,


Tuesday, November 20 2001

Spy Game (2001)

The film's assumptions about the Agency, are, in a word, Before September 11, before top secret government agencies (CIA, FBI, etc.) were revealed as not doing what they've been pretending to be doing all thi


Monday, November 19 2001

Various Artists: Hey Punk . . .  Get Riddim!

Hey Punk . . . Get Riddim! is one high-concept compilation. As its title and cover art suggest, the disc is a sampling of reggae and dancehall tracks


    Jill Scott: Experience: Jill Scott 826+

Jill Scott steps up with some 'grown woman' music that is sure to further solidify her position as one of the most accomplished purveyors of what Sista Stone calls 'Real Soul Music'.


Sting:  . . . All This Time

If you’ve been fortunate to see the special behind-the-scenes documentary that coincided with the album, you may find this album to be lacking a


    Pink: M!ssundaztood

This very well may be the album that turns the whole plastic teen pop/bubblegum/TRL video diva franchise on its ear and send it


John Leguizamo: Live

Skeletons in the family closet? Sexual deviances in your personality? Or maybe deeply hidden entanglements of both? All come to light in the commentary on


Kid Rock: Cocky

It was Elvis Costello who once said “America is the only country that thinks this way about rock ‘n’ roll. Everywhere else it’s just


Sarah Dougher: The Bluff

A quick background check on Sarah Dougher finds that she teaches Greek and Roman Literature, and holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. She wrote


Creed: Weathered

Almost every Creed tune shines with a kind of velvet luster; from one perspective, their songs are decently packaged bits of muscle rock. But move


Brady Brock: I Will Live in You Where Your Heart Used to Be

Brady Brock’s debut stems from a nice conceit. After graduating college, he traveled, visited friends, and reminisced into the wee hours of the night.


Aerosmith: Get a Grip

The year was 1993 and one of the biggest rock revivals was in full swing. Aerosmith had captured several demographics with the smash-selling Pump, the many


Aerosmith: Permanent Vacation

After signing with Geffen, the “reunion” of Boston rockers Aerosmith took a baby step with Done with Mirrors, which seemed a brief blip on the


Friday, November 16 2001

Reel Big Fish, Goldfinger, and Sugarcult

Fun to Be Had Both members of the SoCal punk scene located around Long Beach, California, Reel Big Fish and Goldfinger have been friends for


The New Pornographers

Read the next sentence twice, and try not to laugh. The New Pornographers are a Canadian Super-Group! You probably let out a little chuckle, right?


Thursday, November 15 2001

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

The makers of 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' are banking on the fact that so very many people 'have' read the books, so that the confusion of those Luddites who haven't read them matters very little.


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