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Death by Chocolate Offers Fresh, Sweet Confections PDF Print E-mail
Music News
Written by John James   
Tuesday, 02 July 2002 18:00
• Delightfully British in the campy flavor of go-go boots and paisley house dresses, my pick of the week is Zap the World by Death by Chocolate, released this coming Tuesday on the Jetset label. This fresh and sassy sophomore effort is fronted by Angela Faye Tillett, a time-traveling London pop girl channeling a splendidly droll vibe whether she’s musing on the perfect scrumptiousness of Cinnamon Grahams cereal or her favorite “lime-green fitted blouse with rounded collar and puce cuffs.

 
Songwriters Look to the Bookshelf for Inspiration PDF Print E-mail
Music News
Written by John James   
Tuesday, 25 June 2002 18:00
• A bookish group of singer-songwriters has contributed 16 tracks of work directly inspired by a favorite tome or written-word piece, ranging from poems and plays to comic books and Homer’s The Odyssey. Due next month on the Red Ink/United Musicians label, this highbrow project was conceived and created to help fund The SIBL Project – a San Francisco adult literacy program that promotes reading through music – and national literacy campaigns.

 
Sonic Youth Releases Record Interrupted by Attacks PDF Print E-mail
Music News
Written by John James   
Tuesday, 18 June 2002 18:00
• This Tuesday brings the new Sonic Youth album, Murray Street, influenced by the recording’s interruption last fall by the September 11 terrorist attacks. Named for the band’s lower Manhattan studio address, which was hastily abandoned after only one month of recording, the album features dual saxophonists Jim Sauter and Don Dietrich of Borbetomagus.

 
District Gets Kudos for Gumbo Ya Ya PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Tuesday, 18 June 2002 18:00
It’s a shame when musicians who perform America’s original art forms – jazz, blues, and other African-American musics such as gospel and zydeco – tell us that their music is much more respected and appreciated in Europe and Japan than in this country.

 
Chamber Music Festival Soars with Several Pieces PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Tuesday, 18 June 2002 18:00
Chamber music is highlighted by individuality, expressiveness, and an intimate musical experience. It’s a treat for the ears, and a break from the heaviness of orchestral concerts. Fortunately, the Quad Cities has a robust chamber tradition, and much of this can be attributed to the work of Chamber Music Quad Cities (CMQC).

 
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