Reviews

21 Jul 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Senor Happy: I’m Sorry

Never mind that it’s been six years since Senor Happy’s debut—it’s a wonder that the band even had time to contemplate

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21 Jul 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Roosevelt Sykes: Chicago Boogie

If it’s understandable that Leroy Carr isn’t in the current blues pantheon, it’s even less understandable—if not necessarily less unjust—that

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21 Jul 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Rachel Z: Everlasting

Rachel Nicolazzo, or Rachel Z, emerged in the 1990s as a talented “Young Lion” pianist. Having graduated from the New England Conservatory in 1984, she has

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	The Firebird Suite / The Firebird Project: Archives 1996-1998

The Firebird Suite, in addition to being a Stravinsky symphony, is also a band, or at least, is sort of a band. The elaborate story,

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21 Jul 2004 // 10:00 PM

	The Fiery Furnaces: Blueberry Boat

Somehow the Fiery Furnaces have been able to avoid the imbroglio facing other like-minded duos—the daunting comparison to the charisma and musical muscle of

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21 Jul 2004 // 10:00 PM

	The Flatlanders: Live ‘72

Perhaps it’s sheer accident that club owner and amateur recording aficionado Gary Oliver didn’t tape over this set he captured of a then-unknown

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	Duke Ellington: Piano in the Background

The core of this CD was issued as a vinyl LP named in parallel with Elington’s piano trio masterpiece Piano in the Foreground. Ellington

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21 Jul 2004 // 10:00 PM

	BT: The Technology EP

When listening to trance music, one must consider the time and place of its origination. One must also take into account the artist and his/

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20 Jul 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Thee Shams: Please Yourself

For bands devoted to the R&B heart of rock n’ roll, the halos around their pupils glimmering with blue-eyed soul, their debt to

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20 Jul 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Thievery Corporation: The Outernational Sound

Rob Garza and Eric Hilton have incomparable taste. Just look at the duo, smartly turned out in trademark dark, sleek suits. But their sense of

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20 Jul 2004 // 10:00 PM

	The Steep Canyon Rangers: self-titled

What makes a good bluegrass record? Essentially the creation of one man—the Charlie Parker of country, Mr. Bill Monroe—bluegrass is still planted pretty

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	Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble: Memory/Vision

Evan Parker has long maintained that the line between improvisational and compositional music is a “false dichotomy”. He has attempted to bridge this seemingly impossible

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20 Jul 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Oceansize: Effloresce

The phrase “prog rock” always tends to leave a bitter taste in my mouth. Whenever a band is labeled “prog”, I always imagine a group

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20 Jul 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Hayden: Elk Lake Serenade

Ever since Hayden’s quirky hit “Bad as They Seem” surprised the Canadian music scene with its sleepy observational honesty, Hayden’s path has been

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	The Hives: Tyrannosaurus Hives

Let’s end the suspense early in this review: I’m happy to report that the latest from the Hives, Tyrannosaurus Hives, is a worthy

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	Duke Ellington: Piano in the Foreground

The divulging of the contents of an extensive variety of archive tapes from Columbia dates, obviously of late by Thelonious Monk, gave some cause to

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	DJ Graffiti: Bling Free Volume 3: “It’s Official!”

DJ Graffiti—who also spins, emcees, and plays percussion—has been building his reputation through his series of underground mixtapes. With Bling Free Volume 3: “It’

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W. G. Sebald - A Critical Companion by J. J. Long and Anne Whitehead

Sebald's writings address memory as a structure of experience, and as a series of metaphors through which he tries to understand history and the responsibilities with which it burdens the present.

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The Last Love Story by Rodney Hall

Hall considers the effect of a post-terrorism existence on the young and in love who have little to do with politics and guns and war.

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20 Jul 2004 // 12:00 AM

Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology by Eric Brende

One senses the book becoming more of a lame apologia for the moderate use of technology, rather than emphasizing the merits of 'flipping the switch' on all things electric.

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