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	The Umbrella Sequence: Sparkler Cliché

“I hope you are able to take a moment to check out this rock and roll album that we made,” drummer and percussionist Aaron Hageback

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	Mulgrew Miller: Live at Yoshi’s, Vol 1

It has to be long ago that the broad-shouldered Mississippian with the Irish surname for a first name was in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers,

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	Hugh Masekela: Still Grazing: The Musical Journey of Hugh Masekela

South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela will probably be forever remembered for his one major pop hit, the cheery instrumental “Grazing in the Grass”. The cowbell-infused

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	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 // 11:00 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 // 11:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 11:00 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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