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Thursday, March 28 2002

Henri Salvador: Room with a View

You can’t avoid it. I’ve tried to listen to this as a standard album and to judge it accordingly. It can’t be

The Mountain Goats: All Hail West Texas

There’s something to be said for perseverance. For the better part of the last 10 years, John Darnielle, AKA The Mountain Goats (yes, we know,

Indigo Girls: Become You

Become You is among the best they’ve ever done, and if this album doesn’t charm you, nothing will.

Jools Holland: Jools Holland’s Big Band Rhythm & Blues

He may have been a member of Squeeze during their glory days, but to most people nowadays, Jools Holland is best known as the affable

Eels: Souljacker

Souljacker is as strong as any of Eels previous albums, but even crawling through the muck there is a lot more joy and life here than heard before.

Comet Gain: Realistes

When fans and rock writers look at the career of Comet Gain, a bratty quasi-punk outfit born and bred on the streets of London, there

The Chemical Brothers: Come With Us

Pop the new Chemical Brothers album, Come With Us into your CD player, and let the genie out of the bottle. A flurry of soundtrack

The Rookie (2002)

The conflicts are familiar, but 'The Rookie' presents them admirably and resolves them without sap overload.

Panic Room (2002)

In lieu of plot or character, 'Panic Room' offers the house.

Clockstoppers (2002)

For a movie about messing with time, it is quite linear and conservative.

Journeys With George (2002)

Bush is many things to many people: a tyrant, a savior, a great guy, a shyster, a man of the people, and a moneyed elitist.

Wednesday, March 27 2002

Dwight Yoakam: South of Heaven, West of Hell

I used to have the Airplane! soundtrack. It was, quite literally, the soundtrack to the film: music plus lines and sound effects, everything. Putting it

Twangbangers: 26 Days on the Road

Remember that old diesel-powered country classic, “Six Days on the Road”? Things certainly are accelerating and vistas expanding if 26 Days on the Road is any

Shani: Call of the Wild

Unusual semi-success story, here: young Shani Rigsbee can sing beautifully, so her parents up and move from Hot Springs, Arkansas, to Los Angeles to help

Joey Ramone: Don’t Worry About Me

After nearly a year of mourning the passing of a rock and roll giant in Joey Ramone, after all the post 9-11 anxiety, the whole

Mirah: Advisory Committee

You feel dirty listening to Mirah. The distinct of feeling that you’ve stepped into someone’s private stash of recordings is rarely felt more

Norah Jones: Come Away with Me

Simplex munditiis. A few thousand years ago the great Latin poet Horace strung these words together in a valiant attempt to describe the scene of

Classical Jazz Quartet: The Nutcracker

The Classical Jazz Quartet is a versatile concept group that brings together the talents of pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Ron Carter, percussionist Stefon Harrison on

Monday, March 25 2002

The Walkmen: Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone

There are some albums that only seem appropriate in certain contexts, that require a specific set of conditions to be properly enjoyed. This phenomenon is

Andrew WK: I Get Wet

Rock and roll music, at its very core, has always been inherently dumb. Whether it’s sociopolitical satire disguised as dumb (The Fugs), pop genius

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