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Tuesday, May 21 2002

Teenage Fanclub: Howdy

You can’t blame Teenage Fanclub for trying. In fact, they should be commended for their unflappable stick-to-itiveness. After a slew of albums (six, to


Sukilove: Talking in the Dark

Want to hear about some nice Americana- or alt-country-tinged acoustic-based pop? Here’s the catch: it comes from Belgium. Really. This tuneful surprise of a


Bob Marley & The Wailers: Legend (Deluxe Edition)

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of his death last year, Robert Nesta Marley releases and greatest hits collection popped up periodically in record stores, but


Mariza: Fado Em Mim

“The Rain Listened and Whispered;My Secret to the City;And Now When it Taps on my Window;It Still Brings That Sad Nostalgia” Translation


Stephin Merritt: Eban & Charley

Fast forward a year. Independent film director James Bolton was completing his first feature film, Eban & Charley, and asked Stephin Merritt to score his


Clem Snide: Moment in the Sun

Alt-country is a rich genre, filled with enough talent and sterling songwriters to prop up two or three other genres, but it takes itself pretty


Wednesday, May 15 2002

Super Furry Animals

The last two times Super Furry Animals played Philadelphia, the band was confined to tiny 21+ venues, despite cult status and chart success overseas. This time


Motorhead

When I found out that Motorhead were playing a show at the World, the WWF’s Times Square entertainment complex, I was delighted. Wrestling and


The Moldy Peaches

S E T    L I S T County FairDownloading Porn with DavoAnyone Else but YouThese BurgersI ForgotLazy ConfessionsSteak for ChickenGreyhound BusLucky Number NineNothing


Coachella Music and Arts Festival

Siouxsie and the BansheesPhoto credit: Jennifer Bendery The Charlatans UKPhoto credit: Jennifer Bendery The spiritual rush of being a desert wanderer in a labyrinth of


The X-Files

The X-Files has long been but a pale reflection of the show it once was.


Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

There are so very many characters playing central roles in the second half of the series, and accounting for all of their geneses is tricky indeed.


The Salton Sea (2002)

Danny's story is part noiry nightmare, part scam saga, and part junkie-underground travelogue.


About A Boy (2002)

'About A Boy' is not 'The Hugh Show'. Thank goodness.


Tuesday, May 14 2002

Alanis Morissette: Under Rug Swept

How, at first, disconcerting it is to hear Alanis Morissette, the queen of late ‘90s, angst-ridden folk rock, sing about parties, dancing and boys. If


Various Artists: Pure 90’s

The other day, for the umpteenth time, I saw a VH1 special on the ‘90s. Given that the network prides itself on repackaging pop culture


Violet Indiana: Casino

This might not be the most fair way to begin a review, but I’m not the only one that felt that there were times


Sade: Lovers Live

There are not a lot of crescendos in Sade’s music. No bells, whistles or trumpets-literally or figuratively. Not a lot of screaming, testifying or


St. Germain: Boulevard: New Version, the Complete Series

Lots of artists have endeavored to combine elements of jazz and house, but no one has done it as seamlessly as St. Germain’s Ludovic


Millencolin: Home From Home

Swedish punkers Millencolin made quite the breakthrough with their last record, Pennybridge Pioneers. On their first three records, changes to their sound were hardly noticeable,


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