Tuesday, January 16 2007
The Wire's season-ending musical montage was a culmination, in many ways, of a season filled with musical meaning.
Monday, January 15 2007
Guessing whether a celebrity is dead or alive has become something of a modern-day parlor game.
Mental note: sincerity doesn't count for much in the job-hunting game.
Sunday, January 14 2007
For all the gains we’ve made in electoral politics and community leadership, there has yet to be a successor to the Black Panther Party as a nationally organized, politically oriented body speaking out and working on the vanguard in the name of black progress, directly confronting and challenging the powers-that-be.
Thursday, January 11 2007
Beres inspects the 'major guitar and string theme' at this year's globalFEST event in New York, which will host music from Brazil, Cape Verde, Paris, and beyond.
Wednesday, January 10 2007
Screw the soup, Mr. – little Oliver wants a PS3.
Ian Dury's subversive humor gently ribbed the eccentrics within his own class-culture. His caricatures were vicarious self-parodies, pre-emptive strikes fending off a dominant middle-class inclined to more demeaning and patronizing portraits of its "inferiors".
Tuesday, January 9 2007
Popular songs like Da Muzicianz' 'Hush' suggests that it's not only okay, but romantic and positive to assume to know what a woman wants, and to act in her best interests, while she may not say otherwise.
Monday, January 8 2007
A profile of rogue taxidermists, also known as artists who pay tribute to the overlooked detritus of the natural world, of which death is only a part.
Sunday, January 7 2007
We are surrounded by a large population that simply flaunts its homosexualness at us -- flagrantly, shamelessly, and completely uncontrollably.
Thursday, January 4 2007
What if you and your friend were arrested and you were offered leniency in exchange for information about your friend or "the streets"? The hip-hop community believes the very existence of the deal begs us to reconsider our concepts of loyalty and law enforcement.
Wednesday, January 3 2007
Our resident wit offers up the excerpts and highlights from the best celebrity roasts in 2006.
The mega mall shopping experience -- the mall as a multi-purpose space, an extension of the living room and social scene -- is relatively new in Manila.
Tuesday, January 2 2007
What Vogler hears in Bach is both the acknowledgement of the eternal sameness of our lives and the spiritual longing for untainted pure being -- Bach attains transcendence only through the transmutation of human despair and eternal sameness.
Monday, January 1 2007
Lest those who have affected the black community in interesting, complex, and largely problematic ways in 2006 go unrecognized . . .
As in all the human rights violations going on at Guantánamo Bay, the US has, with Australia's help, betrayed its traditions of upholding civil and international rights to rationalise its (in)actions in David Hick's case.
Thursday, December 21 2006
Begrand and Blood and Thunder look back on a metal-icious 2006: its creative resurgences, its tinges of sludge, its Japanese doom-ridden drones, and its ever-reliable Scandinavians.
Wednesday, December 20 2006
How can it be, in fact, that Vince Guaraldi's A Charlie Brown Christmas is perhaps the only universally adored record in jazz history -- the Sgt. Pepper's of improvised music?
Tuesday, December 19 2006
It's the same old complaint every year, isn't it? You do what you can, you hear what you can, and you wait to see what takes root in your brain as a keeper.
Monday, December 18 2006
The Gipper, the heartland, and the holy spirit: Notre Dame's football highlights stretch out like one long, continuous John Mellencamp video.