Sufficiently Forward-Looking: An Interview with Einstürzende Neubauten | 9 Jan 2008 // 3:59 PM
The singer and lyricist gives his take on the music-industrial complex, including the challenge of visiting the United States.
Frank Sinatra: A Voice in Time (1939-1952) | 29 Nov 2007 // 4:00 PM
Sinatra's reputation was a victim of the changing times, and I don't think it's possible to overstate the effect that this transition has had upon the perception of his music.
The Implacable Progress of 'Porn' | 15 Aug 2007 // 6:00 PM
Porn appears inherently inhospitable to subtext, context, or artistic aspirations, cruel, mechanistic, and antithetical to sustained narrative. Porn filmmaking is practically a contradiction in terms: any "artistic" obfuscation of the action on display risks alienating the genre's core audience.
Genesis: 1976-1982 | 9 Aug 2007 // 6:00 PM
Genesis is slightly different from typical prog rock. Yes, they had the 20-minute song "cycles" and the classical allusions all up in their lyrics, but they also had a few other things that their proggy peers did not: specifically, Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins.
Master P: Ghetto D | 18 Jul 2007 // 5:59 PM
You'd be hard pressed to make an argument for Ghetto D as one of the great rap albums of the '90s, or even, really, a very good album at all.
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Too Brief By Far //2.Nov.05
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Man of Steel: Christopher Reeve 1952-2004 //14.Oct.04
So I Decided to Take My Work Underground: A Conversation with the Prodigy's Liam Howlett //31.Dec.94
Amanda Blank: I Love You | 3 Sep 2009 // 5:00 PM
Her desire to dominate the rhetorical battlefield of her sexual conquests is entirely convincing.
Orbital: Orbital 20 | 11 Aug 2009 // 5:00 PM
Sloppy and superfluous -- a poor reflection on just how intricate and essential the band were and are.
The Matthew Herbert Big Band: There's Me and There's You | 19 Feb 2009 // 3:00 PM
It's an interesting album, just not interesting in a way that particularly compels me to listen to it again.
R.E.M. : Murmur (Deluxe Edition) | 25 Nov 2008 // 4:00 PM
It all began with one weird little album with a weird little cover, with weird little songs sung by a weird guy who couldn’t even enunciate properly.
The Chemical Brothers: Brotherhood | 10 Sep 2008 // 6:00 PM
Brotherhood does a passable job of attempting to reconcile the two increasingly disparate sides of the Chemical Brothers’ split personality.