Mer de Noms – A Perfect Circle

At this point, approximately fifty years into its existence, it can be fairly expected that "rock" is not going to cough up a new paradigm anytime soon. The advent of digital sampling technology and turntable manipulation, both of which  ...

Tender Comrades

derma e Vitamin A Retinyl Palmitate Wrinkle Treatment Creme The statistics of the McCarthy era still are mind boggling: 6.5 million U.S. citizens were investigated for "loyalty" by state or federal agencies, including the FBI. In the  ...

Billy Barnes’ Divas

Billy Barnes first enjoyed fame with a series of musical revues. He went on to write special material for Danny Kaye, Judy Garland, Sonny and Cher and the Academy Award telecasts. This album gathers together a collection of songs  ...

My Father, Dancing

Bliss Broyard’s collection of short stories, My Father, Dancing, is so splendidly nuanced that one is tempted to overstate the book’s low-keyed charms. In this era of blockbuster bestsellers and publishing "sensations," the small pleasures of Broyard’s stories are  ...

Wonderful Town

Wonderful Town was the second of Leonard Bernstein's trio of 'New York' musicals begun in 1944 with On The Town and completed with 1957's West Side Story. If it is the least well remembered then the fault does not  ...

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Dave Eggers, the 29-year-old editor of the determinedly odd literary journal McSweeney’s, has written a memoir that wreaks delirious havoc by turning the autobiographical genre on its head. As its flippant title makes riotously clear, A Heartbreaking Work of  ...

culturevulture.net – review

Tenor saxophonist David Ware’s albums have never been boring. His deep sense of spirituality, and the sheer force of his playing, imbues his music with an intensity which has brought him a reputation as the closest thing the current jazz  ...

Both Sides Now – Joni Mitchell

. This is, quite simply, a delight. After producing only three recordings during the nineties, Mitchell's decision to deliver an album of covers might suggest a dearth of new ideas. Far from being a make-weight, however, Both Sides Now is  ...

Midnite Vultures – Beck

He's the prolific one-name artist known as much for his homegrown musical experiments as his full-band funkadelic workouts. Despite well-publicized battles with his record company, he's back with a new album and a few new tricks up his sleeve.  ...

Ravelstein – Saul Bellow

Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that Saul Bellow at 84 has written a novel as graceful and funny as Ravelstein. But who could have predicted that he would also stir up a hornets’ nest of controversy? The character of  ...