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Wednesday, August 21 2002

Snobbery: The American Version by Joseph Epstein

Snobbery can be mocked, but at its core, it is a weak, malicious vice that shows our worst.

The Russian Debutante’s Handbook by Gary Shteyngart

To answer the question of 'What is America?' It could be a hamburger, a hot dog, a shiny Cadillac, and a pretty young woman underneath a palm tree, or all of these.

Nigger by Randall Kennedy

If hip-hop is as American as apple pie, then the language it uses, a language that some call coarse and others call authentic has become the currency of hipness and modernity.

High Life by Matthew Stokoe

Explores the lengths one man will go to for a shot at stardom, and to say those lengths are extreme would be an understatement.

Tuesday, August 20 2002

Sangster Meets Benson: Benson Meets Sangster

Wacky, wacky Sangster and Benson. Here they are, releasing a record called Benson Meets Sangster, implying that they’ve never met each other until these

Raphael Saadiq: Instant Vintage

No need to spend hours thinking of a clever marketing ilk for Raphael Saadiq’s solo project because he has willingly provided one for the

Slick Shoes: self-titled

One thing that has always confused me is the phrase “Christian punk”. The two words seem to be contradictory to me. As cultural ideologies, Christianity

Wayne Shorter: Footprints Live!

Wayne Shorter’s Footprints live! is the sax player’s first live album under his own name, which is difficult to believe given the length

Soulfly: 3

With the exception of a tiny handful of bands, the entire genre dubiously titled “nu-metal” has grown as tired as grunge circa 1994, and glam metal

El-P: Cannibal Oxtrumentals

There was only one hip-hop album last year that blew me away: Cannibal Ox’s The Cold Vein on Definitive Jux Records. This dark futuristic

Cinerama: Torino

It must have spooked David Gedge, singer and guitarist of Cinerama (and, lest we forget, hero and frontperson from Leeds’ sorely-missed The Wedding Present) to

Monday, August 19 2002

Schneider TM: Zoomer

Straight up, Schneider TM’s 1998 release, Moist wasn’t all that spectacular. And although this new record displays some rather interesting elements, it still doesn’

The Makers: Strangest Parade

If it’s true that you can learn about the world from listening to music, then it must also be true that some of that

The Lackloves: Starcitybaby

If you like the clean guitar sounds and fab beats of the Britpop songs of the mid-‘60s, then I’d say chances are strong

Stan Getz: The Very Best of Stan Getz

To a great many people, Stan Getz is the saxophonist who brought Brazilian music, specifically bossa nova, to the United States. There are few who

Neko Case: Blacklisted

Still, if given just a token listen and treated like nothing more than background music, the true depth of Blacklisted is missed. The one aspect of the record that marks a stylistic quantum leap from Furnace Room Lullaby is the quality of Case’s lyrics.

Stephen Ashbrook: American B Sides

Take a listen to the first track, “Rock ‘n’ Roll” here on Stephen Ashbrook’s album American B Sides. It pretty much tells the whole

Acid House Kings: Mondays Are Like Tuesdays and Tuesdays Are Like Wednesdays

Sometimes, you just can’t go home. Or perhaps, to put it more accurately, you shouldn’t go home. Johan Angergard formed the supremely mismonikered

    Liars: They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top

These days, there’s been a lot of talk about the resurrection of punk/post-punk by New York City bands. Generally, the narrative goes a

Maggie and the Ferocious Beast: Adventures in Nowhere Land

Maggie is more intent on teaching life lessons than providing visual candy or sheer entertainment; this is granola, not Lucky Charms.

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