Reviews
	Mark Lanegan Band: Bubblegum

I’ll never forget the first time I listened to the Screaming Trees’ Anthology: SST Years 1985-1989. Introduced to the Trees like many through 1992’s

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	John Frusciante: The Will to Death

2004 is shaping up to be a banner year for John Frusciante. In addition to Shadows Collide with People (released in February), Frusciante plans to issue

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10 Aug 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Julia Fordham: That’s Life

I’m always glad when albums come with printed lyrics if only because seeing the words gives an initial point of focus (“Ah, this is

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	Emperor X: Tectonic Membrane / Thin Strip on an Endless Platform

Whatever you do, don’t listen to this album on your car stereo. I made that mistake for my first listen and I thought it

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10 Aug 2004 // 10:00 PM

	A-Set: Adeline Moon

Albert Menduno has had some time off in order to contemplate life and basically give himself a well-deserved rest. Working with bands on the East

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Stand & Deliver: Political Activism, Leadership, and Hip-Hop Culture by Yvonne Bynoe

Bynoe reminds readers throughout the book 'all of this is about more than hip-hop. Hip-hop is simply the metaphor for our lives.'"

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Mischief Night - New & Selected Poems by Roddy Lumsden

His poems are costly, hard-worked monuments to his own internal struggle, jagged, often irregular chunks of language.

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10 Aug 2004 // 12:00 AM

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris

Hints of a bigger purpose that sprout up in some of the newer pieces, perhaps the vague outline of a history he is recording, albeit filtered through a funhouse mirror.

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10 Aug 2004 // 12:00 AM

Cecil B. DeMille’s Hollywood by Robert S. Birchard

Birchard seems utterly, almost willfully, uninterested in DeMille as a man, as a flesh-and-blood human being complete with psyche, self, and soul.

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Condensed Knowledge by Will Pearson, Mangesh Hattikudur, and Elizabeth Hunt

Pearson and Maloney credit the success of both the magazine and the book to the original motto: that of successfully 'blurring the lines between education and entertainment'.

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	George Shearing: Like Fine Wine

The last George Shearing CD I acquired was cut-price and I suppose planned as a minor deception, with relatively modern photographs of Shearing and the

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9 Aug 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Tracy Spuehler: It’s the Sound

You probably know LA singer-songwriter Tracy Spuehler from her relentlessly hummable song, “Where Do We Go?”, that was used in the Nissan ad. You probably

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	Kings of Convenience: Riot on an Empty Street

Eirik Boe and Erlend Oye met as children in the furiously testosterone-drenched context of an inter-schools geography contest. As was perhaps to be expected given

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	Stonewall Jackson: The Mighty Stonewall Sings Modern Hits & Originals

It was 1984 and I was at the Grand Ole Opry with my parents who had traveled down from Atlantic Canada to do the touristy Tennessee

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	Heart: Little Queen / Dog & Butterfly / Bebe Le Strange [reissue]

It would seem that Led Zeppelin’s success in the early 1970s would have made the coming of a band like Heart inevitable. Similar to

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	MC Lars Horris: Radio Pet Fencing

Radio Pet Fencing is either the best or the worst hip-hop album of the year. I can’t decide which. There is no in-between. Lars

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	Black Cat Music: October, November

Every night, at clubs across America, vans pull up to the doors and four or five scrappy-looking guys will come stumbling out, ready to play

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	The Body Acoustic: self-titled

David Chesky describes the new collection of songs by an eclectic collection of artists as “an organic polyrhythmic entity” and “a multi-tiered amalgamation of grooves…”

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Predator: Collector’s Edition (1987)

Taut and relentless, Predator pares down, stage by stage.

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9 Aug 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Prince & Me (2004)

'The truth is,' says Martha Coolidge, 'we all have to take care of ourselves before we do anything else.'"

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