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A bevy of talented women in the singer-songwriter arena crossed my desk, and

I want to share some of them with you. Libby Kirkpatrick has a soulful, crisp

vocal delivery full of phrasing changes reminiscent of Rickie Lee Jones on Winged

(Heart Music)… Unrepressed joy in

the guise of a playful spirit often bursts forth in the jubilant music of Jenny

Bird</a> on Joy of It (Earthlight Records). Jerry Marotta (Indigo Girls,

Peter Gabriel) ably assists in a number of roles… From Sherby

we have a three-song self-titled EP (Lime in the Cocoanut Music). The formal

qualities of her excellent keyboard playing is a basis for emphatically delivered

songs with a faintly Southern style recalling her North Carolina background…

Boasting a long resume that includes Sexfresh, Funkmobile, Southern Frost and

Shitty Shitty Band Band, Emily Zuzik now

presents a self-titled solo CD (Mothers

Discontent Music</a>). She has a deep, soulful groove to her songs in a compelling

pop alloy that mixes blues and jazz styles… Lisa Germano continues to explore

the gentle effects of a calming, breathy delivery on Lullaby for Liquid Pig

</i>(ARTISTdirect). This album combines a juxtaposition of her tranquil music

with a revealing and at times jarring analysis of the inward and downward spiral

that can lead to self-abuse. Guests on the album include Neil Finn, Wendy Melvoin

and REM drummer Joey Waronker, who co-produces… From Ripley

Caine</a> comes an exquisitely produced album of songs, Lover (Sweet

Pickle Music</a>). This is a tongue-in-cheek take on flirtation and relationships

delivered with skill and grace. The foundation of her full, even husky, vocal

style recalls Joni Mitchell, giving the singer-guitarist an at once classic

feel as she sings her songs from the acoustic guitar with fill band accompaniment…

Nina Mankin gives us bright and memorable

folk-pop on her self-titled release from Bingo World Records. A warm, family

feel is granted by background vocals, some including Jill Sobule. Varied instrumentation

from violin to accordion to Hammond B3 Organ adds texture… Edie

Carey</a> has a new acoustic live album recorded at various places during 2002

and will resonate with fans of early Ani DiFranco. The album is Come Close

</i>and the economic acoustic delivery is an excellent showcase giving ample

room for the playful lyric and soulful phrasing of her vocal delivery…



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Joel Dorn’s new Hyena Records debuted

with four live albums. Those that remember the reissues of Dorn’s previous 32

Jazz imprint will be familiar Q-Pack packaging and the roster: Rahsaan Roland

Kirk, Les McCann, Eddie Harris and Cannonball Adderley. This is a return to

his beginnings for Dorn, as these four albums originally came out on his first

independent label, Night Records. Uniquely, the albums were recorded live without

the artists knowing they were making a live record at the time. The four discs

represent four jazz greats in personal communication with the club audience,

allowing us to eavesdrop, as it were. The Kirk title is The Man who Cried

Fire</i>. Beside ranging in saxophone styles from the straight and inside playing

on “Slow Blues” and the stunning “Multi-Horn Variations”, this disc also includes

Kirk on clarinet (“New Orleans Fantasy”) and flute (“A Visit from the Blues”).

The Adderley disc Radio Nights collects from two weeks of performances

in 1967 and 1968 at New York City’s Half Note. Without a set list, Adderley

feeds off the audience delivery with his trademark spectrum of style: Charlie Parker

in fast tempo, Benny Carter on the ballads, of course tempered by his shaping

experience playing with John Coltrane in Miles Davis’ ensemble for Milestones

and Kind of Blue. A Tale of Two Cities from Eddie Harris is the third

and final saxophone installment in the series. Criminally underrated, hopefully

this reissue can go some distance to getting Harris the recognition he deserves.

The album includes able piano accompaniment from Jack Wilson. Harris pioneered

the electric saxophone, and that is showcased on the 14-minute “Illusionary

Dream”. Les is More is an on-target title for the Les McCann entry. This

album exemplifies his understated jazz piano style that recalls Ahmad Jamal.

As a bonus, McCann’s own personal collection of taped live performances was

culled to include tracks of Les with Roberta Flack, Cannonball Adderley and

Carmen McCrae.



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American Supreme (Blast First/Mute) is only the fifth studio album from

New York duo Alan Vega and Martin Rev. Though limited, their discography helped

to inspire much of the No Wave and hard electronica (industrial) movements. Having

not released an album since 1992’s Y B Blue, it seems the pair are now inspired

by and incorporating the contemporary DJ club sounds of scratching and sampling

along with the pop maturity of New Wave/Euro-disco. It is an interesting juxtaposition

to hear these music styles contrasted with the disembodied, nearly spoken

lyrics of Alan Vega. ROIR has reissued Martin

Rev’s 1979 solo debut album, which is self-titled. Away from Suicide, Rev exhibits

a warmer, more melodic approach to the keyboard on this reissue, which features

five bonus tracks. Three of the bonus tracks were never before released: “5 to

5”, “Wes” and “Daydreams”. Hearing his keyboard style, brought as it were under

a microscope on this solo release, one can see the seminal effect of his work

on the New Wave genre that followed and how Suicide still bears comparison to



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Christina Fong and her ensemble avidly

records modern and challenging pieces for violin and viola. Fong has both performed

and premiered works of Philip Glass, Michael Nyman, Michael Gordon and more. Among

her extensive discography are three premier recordings of works by John Cage.

These works are the series of “number pieces” for strings and percussion. Each

of these three CDs represents the first recording of the final works for these

arrangements. Four4 is a work for percussion and features Fong’s

usual percussionist Glenn Freeman. The solo piece is episodic. Time brackets give

the performer a range of time to both begin and end each chapter of the 72-minute

opus. The percussion instrument choice is left to the performer, and Freeman elected

to use what sounds like bowed metal or friction bowls, and shaken instruments that

recall a rainstick. By using such peculiar idiophones, Freeman invites us into

an exotic world where each island of sound floats up and past from a sea of near

silence, like features on a slowly traversed landscape. Fong delivers her solo

Cage performance on solo recordings of One6 and One10.

These minimalist works are marked by long durations of patient, one-note bowing

which makes the pieces mildly exotic. Also, the drone of the bowed notes with

such absence of change makes the pieces reflective, meditative. Fong and Freeman,

with Karen Krummel on cello join together on a third disc, the first recordings

of Three2, Twenty-Three, Six and Twenty-Six. These are

works for string and percussion ensembles. Fong multi-tracks the violin and viola

to round out the “ensemble”, but there is nothing busy about these recordings.

Freeman chooses percussion instruments of similar timbre for mapping onto Cage’s

composition, along with chimes. Combined with the long-held lines exhibited on

Fong’s solo CD, this is a combination and culmination of the vision of travelogue

of a sparse landscape and trance-inducing self-hypnosis.


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Here is a trio of new blues recordings with a swinging beat. If you have a case

of the rockin’ pneumonia and the boogie-woogie flu, get a dose of Bryan Lee’s

Six String Therapy (Justin Time).

Guitar great Duke Robillard produces along with his band member Sax Gordon.

The blind guitarist has previously held a long tenure in front of live audiences

in New Orleans… Mark Wenner, leader and founder of The Nighthawks, delivers

some blazing harmonica on Mama Tried (Right

on Rhythm</a>). Beside the Merle Haggard title track, the album is all covers,

save two. As Mark Wenner and The Belairs pay tribute to their early country,

folk and blues influences we get blues-rock renditions of “Walkin’ After Midnight”,

Johnny Cash’s “Big River”, Junior Walker’s “Cleo’s Mood” and more… Rounding

out our hat trick is Double Down from Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones (Mighty

Tiger Records/Chase Music Group). This

Detroit bluesman continues to lead his group, formerly The Blue Suit Band, through

a wide spectrum of electric blues styles. Listen to this tight, focused album

and you will see why Deming has been the toast of Motor City and his group a

recurring backing band for Alberta Adams, Lazy Lester and the blues greats when

they pass through town…



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Different ethnic styles often define the favored CDs in our collections. Here

are some new possibilities to consider. Taking cues from the internationally famous

Buena Vista Social Club, the compilation Buena Vista: The Next Generation (Pimienta

Records) hopes to introduce us to a new generation of Cuban Latin jazz groups

with an assembly of talent from beyond Havana… Omnium

celebrates a decade of bringing us Scandinavian sound with the compilation Omnium

Omnibus</i>. Featured are Boiled in Lead, Oysterband, Garmarna and more on the

15-track disc… Omnium’s sister label invites us to listen to the mysterious

sounds of Gjallarhorn on Grimborg (Northside).

This pan-Scandinavian Finnish band hails from an area of the country steeped in

Swedish culture and here sings primarily of Norse mythology. The acoustic group

employs didgeridoo to supply the tone-coloring drone often provided by Swedish

bagpipes… A really delightful and tropical excursion is the vintage Caribbean

calypso collection Calypso (Putumayo).

The songs from many islands date from the late 1950s, a highpoint in international

calypso popularity after Harry Belafonte’s 1956 album Calypso… Bill Laswell’s

Sacred System takes us to Ethiopia and beyond on Book of Exit: Dub Chamber

4 </i>(ROIR). On this new installment in

the series, Laswell works with Ethiopian singing sensation Ejigayehu “GiGi” Shibabaw.

In the sparse ethno-minimalism of Laswell’s music, GiGi has much room to express

herself and display her exotic vocal style… Listen to Amalia! Old Greek Songs

in the New Land 1923-1950</i> to hear to the singing of Amalia, a singing sensation

that warmed the hearts of American immigrants with songs from their native Greece

and Turkey. This historic document with a detailed history in its thick booklet

is available from Arhoolie… The group El

Eco has their debut CD, Two Worlds, on Dreambox

Media</a>. Boston’s El Eco collects styles from Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay

for this ensemble jazz CD. Easily accessible to Latin and Brazilian jazz lovers,

the music features instrumental passages with vocals from Kim Nazarian…


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of Exit</i></a>

at Amazon</a>


to or Buy </a>Amalia!

at Amazon</a>



Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds’ new album Nocturama is set to be released

February 11, 2003 on Epitaph. This is the group’s twelfth studio album and first

since No More Shall We Part (2001). Recorded in Australia, the album’s

lineup is: Nick Cave, Mick Harvey, Blixa Bargeld, Thomas Wydler, Martyn Casey,

Conway Savage, Jim Sclavunos and Warren Ellis. The album is produced by Nick Launay

(PiL, Talking Heads, Gang Of Four). He first worked with Nick Cave and Mick Harvey

in 1981 when he produced The Birthday Party’s classic 45 Release The Bats.


Christopher S. Hyatt, Ph. D., Editor

Rebels & Devils: The Psychology of Liberation

New Falcon

It is easy to assume from the outside that Satanism is merely ceremonial anti-Christian

devil worship, and drug use and homosexuality are something between personal choice

recreations and tolerable societal ills. Hyatt combines over 400 pages of articles

from William S. Burroughs, Austin Osman Spare, Timothy Leary and more to intellectualize

such activities as some of the manifold paths to realizing full human potential.

It is in the analysis of the life and motivations of Aleister Crowley and the

candid, in-depth interview with Israel Regardie that the savage breaking of taboos

is seen as a tool. The interview by Hyatt with Regardie and the following Crowley

analysis by psychologist Richard Kaczynski are the core of the book, literally

and figuratively. This strips the mystique off occult activity and rebellious

behavior and describes them within the confines of a methodology. To quote Kaczynski

in “Taboo & Transformation”: “The ceremonial magick championed by Crowley…is,

in a nutshell, alchemy: The transformation of one’s base character into gold.

…If psychological triggers can precipitate spiritual change, then the taboos

socially programmed into us can act as triggers for major spiritual transformation.”



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Ron Ford, Producer and Director

Deadly Scavengers

Panda Digital/MVD

This film combines all the elements of a sci-fi action film: guns and explosions,

over-skilled anti-heroes, monsters. The story has good content features: sub-plots,

complicated love interests and foreshadowing (watch for the close-ups on the

dog tag). This tale of man-eating cockroaches escaped from a scientist’s lab wants

to be a cult classic but it lacks the rampant stylism (Rocky Horror Picture

Show) or focused, fast-paced story telling (Evil Dead) that makes for a timeless

classic. Still, fans of H.G. Lewis will appreciate the over-the-top garage-made

gore and B-movie fans with Joe Bob Briggs’ taste will appreciate a titty count

greater than the monster count and a very high body count relative to the cast.

That is, all but a handful buy the farm during this 88-minute escapade. (2.5)



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Various Artists

Flash Frames


This DVD compiles music videos and animation created with Flash. This material

is culled from over thirty media artists worldwide like Stan Lee and Joe Cartoon.

Because of the Flash technology, all the material can be viewed on a Flash-enabled

computer without a DVD decoder. Of course, any DVD player will play all the chapters,

too, so this is a very versatile disc. All of the non-video animations include

music, so there is a lot of music here. That music leans toward urban sounds ranging

from the pop-hop of Supreme Beings of Leisure to rap-like street poetry. However,

the videos have no on-screen identification as MYV has taught us to expect. Much

of the animation is from commercials and even from a mouse maze game. The disc

has video games you can play on your computer, as well as a Stan Lee swimsuit

screen saver. The DVD is tied to a book of the same name. (3.5)


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Humphrey Bogart

The Humphrey Bogart Era

Music Video Distributors/Stardust


There are three parts to this DVD and CD package. The DVD contains two features.

First is the 1953 film Beat the Devil. Featuring Bogie, this is a comedy satire

of the type of tough guy mysteries Bogart is famous for. Paired with this is an

appearance by the great actor on The Jack Benny Show. Full of laughs as Bogie

and Benny continue to attack the stereotype, the Jack Benny portion is marred

by bad visual quality due to it apparently being a kinescope. The audio CD contains

period music to set the mood. The 20 tracks include recordings by Django Reinhardt,

Louis Armstrong, Count Basie and more. (3.5)


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The Meteors

Video Nasty + Live at the Hellfire Club

Cherry Red Films/Music

Video Distributors</a>

The Meteors created the blueprint for psychobilly and with punk attitude, main

Meteor P. Paul Fenech reminds us of that and more as he hosts Video Nasty.

This is an assembly of promotional videos shot by the band at various points

in their history. This is the first time on DVD for the video collection. Recorded

in 1983, Live at the Hellfire Club captures the energetic, seminal band

on stage and is an excellent document of the band having been exquisitely re-mastered

for superior audio and visual quality. (4)



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Stan Getz/Alto Madness

Cool Summer: Stan Getz & Alto Madness

Quantum Leap/Music

Video Distributors</a>

Humorously and smoothly hosted by comedic pianist Steve Allen, this edition of

the DVD series from the Harvest Jazz Festival at the Paul Masson Vineyards is

unique for the contrast it portrays in saxophone approaches. On the one hand we

have the cool jazz style of one of the genre’s architects, Stan Getz (tenor).

The second set is the aggressive, post-bop ensemble Alto Madness formed by Richie

Cole (alto). We get a half-dozen songs from Gets and seven from Cole’s group.

The DVD includes backstage interviews with players along with biographies and

discographies. (4)


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Nick Zedd

Geek Maggot Bingo

Eclectic DVD Distribution

This DVD includes four films from Zedd. The title flick is a Z-movie with the

apparent production budget and aesthetic goals of a high school play. A mad

scientist creates life and that life turns murderous. The hero that saves the

day is Richard Hell as a pistol-wielding cowboy. Two additional films react to

the new attention to Tolkien’s works since the new film versions came out. In

Elf Panties we are invited into the bedroom of performance artist Saint Reverend

Jen Miller as in this one-act, one-woman play she portrays an elf that entertains

herself at home by getting off to reading Tolkien, among other things. Then,

she sends her panties through the mail to her customers. The gist of the piece

is Miller has to change panties several times. Lord of the Cock Rings takes

the entire LOTR story and turns into a sexual farce but it seems only Zedd can

take all the satirical possibilities in such a story and still make one short

film drag. The final piece is Thus Spake Zarathustra. It places the Nietzschean

themes of god-is-dead and the Superman into a silent film with music by Fear

of Dolls, Zyklon Beatles, Strangewalls and Amniotic Miasma. (Zedd must have

been reading a lot of Nietzsche. The two-headed “monster” in Geek Maggot Bingo

is “Homo Superior.”) Extra features on the DVD include an animated photo gallery

with cheesy music and a group interview with the cast of Geek Maggot Bingo.

(Is Brenda Bergman always high?) (3) </p>


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The Bad Luck Charms

“Rich Girl” b/w “Ain’t Gonna Be”

TKO Records

The sleazy punk rock band The Bad Luck Charms never met a rich girl it didn’t

like … that wasn’t its type, as proudly proclaimed on the A-Side of this trash-rock

7”. The Brooklyn quartet learned much from old New York Dolls albums. This veteran

Hanoi Rocks-inspired outfit includes Kerry Martinez (U.S. Bombs, Shattered Faith),

Brian Knott (The Nuns) and Brenden Deal (B.A.D.). (3.5)

Tommy and the Terrors

On The Run

TKO Records

This three-song 7” EP comes from Boston Oi band Tommy and the Terrors. The edition

is limited to 1,000 and the first 200 are on green vinyl. Melodic, tough and winning,

On The Run is a slab o’ wax to catch on the clip while you can. (3)

The Stitches


TKO Records

This 3-track 45 is the debut for The Stitches on TKO. But it won’t be the end

of their discography on that label. This is a prelude to their upcoming full-length.

The limited edition snotty punk single is coming out in five different colors.


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