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  ...

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  ...

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,  ...

Matthew Shipp Quartet – Pastoral Composure

Matthew Shipp has risen over the past eight years to become the preeminent pianist in the New York "free" or "avant" jazz scene. He has proved occasionally controversial, nearly reaching the point of physical confrontation with arch conservative critic  ...

Women of the Third Reich – Anna Maria Sigmund

The Nazi slogan “Women must be emancipated from women’s emancipation” appears early in this book, and one can easily see the attraction for any historian, male or female, of investigating the dichotomies it presents. For though the Nazi regime  ...