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Also released this month...

Various Artists - The Very Best Of World Duets

First and Third world meetings in music

Snoop Dogg - Paid Da Cost To Be Da Boss

Original gangsta reforms

Impressive to excessive live foray from quartet

Axe Factor

Fabulous neo-MBV guitarfest from happening Berlin electronica label

The Residents - Demons Dance Alone

Mysterious Californian outsider outfit release album written in wake of September 11

Retro '60s garage rock from Scandinavian quartet

Various Artists - Risiko 100

Ultra-hip German label gets birthday cake and bunting treatment

Paul Barman - Paullelujah

Unlikely as he is—a white, upper-class rapper who positively revels in his Ivy Leaguery...

The Sea And Cake - One Bedroom

Chicago indie jazzers' latest, featuring cover of Bowie's "Sound And Vision"

Various Artists - Digital Disco

Avant-electro types dazzled by mirrorballs

The Ramainz - Live In NYC

Final offering from da bruddas past their gabba-gabba heyday

Henri Texier - Azur Quintet

Moody and fascinating European orchestral jazz

Power To The People

Eighth album from rap renegades is a 21-track jumble of new tracks, live performances and fan...

The Very Best Of The Tube - Universal TV

It's the 20th anniversary—already—of the groundbreaking TV pop show where enigmatic...

Die Another Day - Warners

Another day, another Bond movie. Forgive me if I can't get worked up about the McConcept, although...

28 Days Later - XL

Danny Boyle's arty horror flick started brilliantly, ended badly, and was scored by a fast-rising...

This Month In Soundtracks

The producers of 8 Mile expect it to do for hip hop what The Blackboard Jungle did for rock'n'roll...

Masami Akita & Russell Haswell - Satanstornade

Noise, basically. Catalogue number 666

The Broken Family Band - The King Will Build A Disco

Seven-track mini album from UK alt.country act

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Editor's Letter

Reviewed: Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion by Robert Gordon


As Robert Gordon reminds us in Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion, his terrific account of the rise and fall of the great Memphis soul imprint, the Stax story is more than a record-label history. “It is an American story,” Gordon writes,”...