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Sunday, December 18 2005

The Best Metal Albums of 2005

From metalcore to hardcore, guttural growls to soaring falsettos, and unabashedly sludgetastic to downright operatic, the cream of this year's metal crop is as eclectic as it is provocative.


Thursday, December 15 2005

Out of Proportion: Understanding the Medieval Motet

There is a parallel heard in the complex, seemingly conflicted harmony of 13th century music to today's dissonant world. As we struggle to fold our differences into an orchestrated 'global' accord, we might do well to challenge ourselves to stop, and truly listen.


Wednesday, December 14 2005

Austen’s Powers

Despite Jane Austen's obvious skill as a storyteller, her novel, Pride and Prejudice, is somewhat asexual. Thankfully, the new film version of the literary classic introduces some much needed physicality into this far too courteous romance.


Tuesday, December 13 2005

Holiday Shopping: The Good Fight

Warriors of Consumption, Black Friday Masses, The Joys of Discretionary Spending, The Privilege of Spending.


Monday, December 12 2005

All I Want for Christmas…

'Tis the season! Several modest proposals for Mr. S. Claus regarding studio execs, rock chicks, worldwide revolution, and other gift ideas.


How Chris Tucker Made a Fortune in Films Without Making Movies

Want a sure-fire way to a $20 million payday? Just follow the Chris Tucker example of salary security: don't make a movie for five years.


Sunday, December 11 2005

When Good Isn’t Enough

When a national music scene is mediocre at best, what exactly constitutes 'good'? Campbell trounces his fortified preconceptions about Beijing rock bands to find out.


Thursday, December 8 2005

Tech-tock: Technology the Time Saviour?

In their debut column on technology and culture, Osman and Springer consider a time-saving gadget... if they can just figure it out. And come to wonder which is the user, which the used.


Wednesday, December 7 2005

Good Night, Annie Lee Moss, and Good Luck

She knew the community and she knew the dynamics of life and activism in those perilous, McCarthy-era, pre-Rosa Parks days. What else did Annie Lee Moss know?


Monday, December 5 2005

Goodbye to Love

Romance -- or more specifically, the Romantic Comedy -- isn't dead; it's just been relegated to the '90s as said decade's defining genre de jour.


Sunday, December 4 2005

Ad Nauseum

With a WHUMP! on your doorstep that cracks the foundation, newspapers spread 'cheer' from Advertising Nation.


Where Have All the Black Girls Gone?

If a black woman ever needs reminding of the dearth of black female leads, she need only ask a white person what actress she most resembles. Chances are she'll hear 'Whoopi Goldberg' at some point.


Thursday, December 1 2005

Pickin’ Up the Pieces: Sampling from the Great Producers

What makes a hip-hop song dope? It's not just about the hook, it's not just about the drops, it's not just about the scratch chorus, and it sure as hell ain't about a salary; it's about a totality.


Wednesday, November 30 2005

Alito? No!

Is Judge Samuel Alito Jr. the right man for the Supreme Court? More right than you might believe.


The Good Old Days Tomorrow Brings

'Tis difficult for a modern man of means and ability to be the intellectually, culturally, environmentally, absolutely inclusively-thinking global specimen of the species the world demands of him. New Puritans and Neo-Cromwellians battle for his soul.


Tuesday, November 29 2005

One Wedding and Lots of Funerals

While many consider it a horror classic, Lanzagorta reveals the sensationally subversive underbelly -- thanks to director James Whale -- of 1935's Bride of Frankenstein.


Monday, November 28 2005

The Neo Neo-Realist

If you believe that Italians offered the best examples of neo-realism in cinema, think again. You haven't seen the mind-numbing dullness of true reality until you've witnessed the work of Coleman Francis.


Sunday, November 27 2005

Forever Undying

Metal's major players are getting more powerful as they get older. Their refusal to soften in accordance with their maturity proves but one thing: when it comes to metal, age ain't nothing but a number.


Tuesday, November 22 2005

Hiphop Négritude

The death of Radikal and other French hiphop magazines, due in no small part to the encroachment of 'French version' American publications, makes the possibilities of a new millennium négritude seem unlikely.


A Historicist Manifesto: Why Classical Matters

Classical music, as a culturally archaic archetype of stodginess, has long been disassociated from a contemporary relevance. Can we make it meaningful again now that we've told Beethoven to roll over?


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