Thursday, July 25 2002
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
“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—
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
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’ 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
In assuming Oscar's perspective, the film makes out like everyone is as smitten with him as he is.
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.
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
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
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 is a funny guy. He has his hand in many cookie jars, whether it be as a rock star (okay, a one hit
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
One of last year’s highlights was a Latin jazz session from bassist John Benitez. Descarga in New York was a mixture of modernist funk
Music, by nature, is uncivilized. And the most uncivilized creature in the great, wide world of music is rock ‘n’ roll. It’s been that
There’s the family he grew up with in Honolulu, particularly his father and the sessions on the porch when relatives and friends gathered each
It appears that the demand for candy-pop musicians may never go out of style, unfortunately, as evidenced by Britney Spears making the top of Forbes’
Although he passed away last year, blues legend John Lee Hooker is still a source of inspiration for many blues, pop, and rock newcomers. Along
Slide Shining Hours in a Can into your CD player and fill your room with a jangly independent pop of understated sweetness that’s hard
You’re sitting in a dimly lit, prototypically European pub, located in Prague sometime in the middle of the 20th century. An old man is
Bayard, Designer/Publisher: Dan Peyton, review by Phoebe Kate Foster -- That quality of raw honesty may set your teeth on edge or it may speak to your soul. It may infuriate you or give you a hearty laugh or bring tears to your eyes. You may throw 'Happy' across the room occasionally -- but more than likely, you'll retrieve it and go on reading.