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Tuesday, May 7 2002

Mariah Carey: Greatest Hits

There’s a popular mythology out there that says that certain things—like pop divas and Fortune 500 companies—never die. I’m not talking your


Anathema: A Fine Day to Exit

A few years ago, Anathema were a death-metal band from Liverpool with songs of such crushing intensity they would make even Lemmy’s ears bleed.


The Shield

The success of 'The Shield' has doubtless upped the ante in regard to what networks will allow -- and resort to -- in order to gain ratings.


Insomniac with Dave Attell

As far as television is concerned, Insomniac's cracked lens takes us as close to reality as we can happily get.


The Gathering Storm

The point in 'The Gathering Storm' is that Churchill is 'human', that he has faults.


Monday, May 6 2002

Various Artists: Latin Groove

World music purveyors Putumayo really nails it with this compilation, a spicy musical stew that proves sound of musical worlds colliding can, indeed, be beautiful.


764-HERO: Nobody Knows This Is Everywhere

To many indie rock aficionados, the name 764-HERO is somehow synonymous with the gray, soggy Northwest climate. John Atkins’ terminally melancholy yowl coupled with his


Stan Ridgway: Holiday in Dirt

To most who were conscious of the New Wave, or even those who listen to lots of ‘80s radio now, Wall of Voodoo’s “Mexican


Fred LeBlanc: Here on Earth

It’s generally best to approach the solo albums that musicians make and release themselves with extreme caution. After all, if no one was interested


The Get Up Kids: Something to Write Home About

The Get Up Kids are not cool. That’s for sure. The Get Up Kids are about as far from cool as you can get


Dexy’s Midnight Runners: Too-Rye-Ay

The yahoos that stocked the rafters came looking for chart-toppers and low-brow fashion. But once the ephemeral was handed-over, those support gigs for Dexy’s


Angie Aparo: Weapon of Mass Construction

Angie Aparo first popped up on the radar with the release of his Arista Records debut, The American, back in 2000. The distinction pf being Aparo’


Sunday, May 5 2002

XTC: A Coat of Many Cupboards

Cult status or no, XTC’s raw deal at the hands of Virgin Records is slightly rectified herein, and helps repair a rift of under-representation that spanned decades and resulted in a bruising industry battle.


Friday, May 3 2002

Who Owns History? Rethinking the Past in a Changing World by Eric Foner

Each generation, each separate age of man, writes its own history from that time frame's unique perspective.


Seek: Reports From The Edges of America & Beyond by Denis Johnson

From modern-day hippies, to war-weary Africans, to a Kabul under Taliban rule, to Christian biker rallies, Denis Johnson offers glimpses of how the other half lives in a collection of essays.


Points of Departure: New Stories from Mexico Edited by Monica Lavin; Gustavo V. Segade, translator

'The Hostage' by Álvaro Uribe, is a nightmare scenario worthy of Poe--and its translation is nimble and facile enough that it doesn't get in the way.


Public Sex: The Culture of Radical Sex, Second Edition by Pat Califia

Those familiar with Califia's work know it can be difficult to decide which is more disruptive to mainstream culture: Califia's writing, or Califia himself.


Hi There, Boys and Girls: America’s Local Children’s TV Programs by Tim Hollis

Children's television has never concealed its true intents; a half-hour long cartoon is as much an advertisement for a set of action figures as it is entertainment.


Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by William McDonough and Michael Braungart

... sometimes they are just plain wrong. McDonough and Braungart see a world of abundance. A flight over Haiti or Romania would cure that delusion.


Thursday, May 2 2002

Shaggy: Hot Shot Ultramix

If you love Shaggy, it’s probably not for his depth or social pertinence. Despite the fact that he performed his first hit, “Oh Carolina”


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