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Monday, July 29 2002

Eric Lichter: Palm Wine Sunday Blue

It’s always nice to find a soft-spoken CD that gets your attention with quirky details, e.g., unusual instrumentation, unexpected hooks, and pleasant melodies

Juba Collective: self-titled

The overall concept of the project emphasizes the importance of Dance and Groove in creative music. Dance music can incorporate many styles and approaches to

Freescha: Slower Than Church Music

The San Francisco duo of Nick Huntington and Michael McGroarty, better known as Freescha, shouldn’t throw a scare into the electronica scene. The sons

Dianogah: Millions of Brazilians

It is well known that the guitar is both the playboy and the drama queen of the rock world: it screams, wails, and weeps. Dianogah’

Greg Brown: Milk of the Moon

Getting to the heart of the matter has never been difficult for folk singer/songwriter Greg Brown. Maybe it has something to do with fact


Despite strong anti-war sentiments in the 60's, this war comic was extremely popular with audiences.

To Be Kurt, Not Short: A Three-Part Interview with Kurt Busiek

Kurt speaks with A. David Lewis about his relationship with Marvel Comics, the difference between history and continuity, and what 'truly' matters to the readers.

Thursday, July 25 2002

Tabla Beat Science: Live in San Francisco at Stern Grove

This is a recording of a concert that took place on 12 August 2001, in front of approximately 12,000 people in San Francisco’s Stern Grove Park. I

Greg Osby: Inner Circle

In his book New York Is Now, Phil Freeman describes the beginnings of a shift in the audience for jazz/improvised music, as practiced by

Laura Nyro: Eli and the Thirteenth Confession / Gonna Take a Miracle / New York Tendaberry

“I’m not interested in conventional limitations when it comes to my songwriting . . . I can say anything. It’s about self-expression. It knows no package—

Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, Roy Hargrove: Directions in Music: Celebrating Miles Davis & John

By nature, I tend to be leery of all-star bands, or should I say recordings of all-star bands, especially when they exist primarily to pay

Drive-By Truckers: Southern Rock Opera

Ah, the South. It’s a contradictory place to be sure. Our storytelling tradition has generated some of the nation’s best writers, but low

The Cranberries: Treasure Box - The Complete Sessions 1991-1999

The Cranberries’ new 10-year career retrospective, Treasure Box, consisting of their first four albums, with added bonus tracks, is not only a chance for die-hard

Tadpole (2002)

In assuming Oscar's perspective, the film makes out like everyone is as smitten with him as he is.

Sex and Lucía (2002)

A film that assembles layers of truth and untruth, faith and distrust, as characters struggle to make sense of the worlds they make and resist.

Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)

The so-called postmodern self-references of the previous Austin Powers films here become epidemic, though more is not exactly better. It's just more. And it is repetitive.

Wednesday, July 24 2002

Various Artists: Don’t Let the Bastards Get You Down: A Tribute to Kris Kristrofferson

In 1965, after leaving his position as a literature professor at West Point, Kris Kristofferson moved down South to become a professional songwriter. Success didn’t

Various Artists: The Pledge of Allegiance Tour

The Pledge of Allegiance Tour CD is one of the worst album releases of 2002, and is one of the worst live albums I have ever

Butch Walker: Left of Self-Centered

Butch Walker is a funny guy. He has his hand in many cookie jars, whether it be as a rock star (okay, a one hit

Sonic Youth: Murray Street

Where the canonical Daydream Nation took aggressive trips into technical experimentation with clenched teeth and closed fists, Murray Street seems more interested in lighting up, putting the vibe in cruise control, and storytelling from the lighter fringe of the band’s sprawling creative geography

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