Sunday, December 18 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
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
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
Warriors of Consumption, Black Friday Masses, The Joys of Discretionary Spending, The Privilege of Spending.
Monday, December 12 2005
'Tis the season! Several modest proposals for Mr. S. Claus regarding studio execs, rock chicks, worldwide revolution, and other gift ideas.
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 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
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
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
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
With a WHUMP! on your doorstep that cracks the foundation, newspapers spread 'cheer' from Advertising Nation.
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
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
Is Judge Samuel Alito Jr. the right man for the Supreme Court? More right than you might believe.
'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
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
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
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
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.
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?