Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk

As most everyone knows by now, Fight Club centers around disaffected middle-class American males who meet in an underground secret society and pummel one another. The fighting is an existential metaphor for men trying desperately to reassert their masculine  ...

Mule Variations – Tom Waits

Does life seem nasty, brutish and short? Tom Waits certainly appeared to feel that way on 1992's Bone Machine, an almost unrelievedly stark and grim meditation on death that piled up critical accolades even as it struck many longtime  ...

Nation Time – Joe McPhee

Joe McPhee is, by the evidence presented on this CD, one of the truly great musicians of the postwar era, and probably one of the most criminally ignored. This disc, originally released on Cj Records in 1971 and only  ...

I Have Been to Heaven and Back – Mekons

Mekons I Have Been to Heaven and Back Ever since there have been rock critics, there have been critics' bands. The Velvet Underground set the standard: their every move was met with an avalanche of good press,  ...

Real Live Woman – Trisha Yearwood

In a world where many a former country diva (Faith, Shania) is deserting her roots for pop superstardom, while yesterday's grand dames (Dolly) seem to be embracing their past glories as fast as their record sales decline, Trisha Yearwood  ...