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Wednesday, April 27 2005

Summits, Disciples, and the Love Below

Promise led Lewis to Paris; the tantalizing promise of experiencing the first ever Hip-Hop World Summit and yes, the promise of love.


Rock Tonic

Latinos keep changing things up on US radio stations, messing with that format... and it's working.


Wednesday, April 20 2005

We’re All Geeks Now

PopMatters Columnist Colin Harvey actually gets paid to play video games. He has attained geekdom and its highest level.


Orthodontia: A Generation Laments

There's a planet full of kind and decent people who, as children, were terribly abused. We were the lab rats and guinea pigs for a nascent industry called orthodontia.


Wednesday, April 13 2005

Diary of a Mad White Film Critic

In defense of Roger Ebert, Reynolds notes that it's not at all necessarily racist to say that a black film isn't very good. Earnestness, sensitivity to a community's culture, and good intentions don't automatically make a solid work of art.


ReDotFlow: J-Pop That Would Hit Anywhere

ReDotFlow has been expressed through greater interactions and collaborations between countries; record and entertainment companies, producers, singers and musicians on both ends of the Asian region. Holden provides an in-depth look at how music from Japan spans pop culture boundaries.


ReDotFlow: J-Pop That Would Hit Anywhere

ReDotFlow has been expressed through greater interactions and collaborations between countries; record and entertainment companies, producers, singers and musicians on both ends of the Asian region. Holden provides an in-depth look at how music from Japan spans pop culture boundaries.


ReDotFlow: J-Pop That Would Hit Anywhere

ReDotFlow has been expressed through greater interactions and collaborations between countries; record and entertainment companies, producers, singers and musicians on both ends of the Asian region. Holden provides an in-depth look at how music from Japan spans pop culture boundaries.


In Search of Real Amateurs

Should the majority rule in terms of what art our society makes? Audience-vote-driven entertainment effaces the art being voted on and supplants it with the audience's self-regard, so that it all merely reflects the power the audience feels. Expertise on the subject is irrelevant; being heard and counted among the voters is all that matters.


Wednesday, April 6 2005

Midi Music Festival

In which the Foreign Devil picks up where he left off, taking readers back to China's favourite rock festival.


Is The Future Colourblind?

Three vignettes on race relations amoung South African's Youth. The struggle for political emancipation is over. Now it is a struggle for personal freedom.


St. Patrick’s Prime

Nothing like being the only sober one surrounded by the madness of St. Patrick's Day. To help him sort it out, Breebaart calls upon the ghost of James Joyce for his assessment of the proceedings.


Easy Lover: Calculating the Upside of Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes is not quite white enough to require protection from lingering fears of black men's virility, not so black as to alienate audiences, and just exotic enough to be titillating. Her casting clearly indicates that Hollywood still won't handle interracial romance.


Wednesday, March 30 2005

Messin’ With Texas: Some Sights and Sounds from SXSW

As the final day unfolded, things grew more hazy as the rush to consume all one could in the final hours was not limited to the music.


Another Royal Mess

A tale of a man who will probably never be king and his bride, who couldn't care less if she were made queen.


On Love and Death in the Philippines

On Valentine's Day a series of bombs exploded in the Philippines, including one on Ayala Avenue, where Alave gets off the train to catch the bus home from work every day. Alave gives us a taste of life, post 9/11, in this place of more than 7,000 islands.


Wednesday, March 23 2005

My Love is Belgian

Belgium is a paradise of beer. The life-long quest to find that one beer whose unique flavour resonates with you is well and truly worth the effort. And chances are you'll make many new friends along the way.


TV is a Horrible Bitch Goddess

McDonald succumbs, all too easily, to the guilty pleasures of Internet TV.


Why Paris?

Lewis surveys the modern cosmopolitan black community in the French capital, and celebrates the influence of black culture on Parisian life. It's a different world, now, than lived by his predecessors of the '30s Negritude movement, quite post-soul from the flight in the '50s: it's a Parisian hiphop life.


Return to Genre? Beware Misleading Signs

An exploration into musical genre-bending; things are not always as they sound.


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