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Tuesday, August 31 2004

Republican Convention: Day One

The greatest feat of the Republican National Convention is to hide the GOP's true beliefs. It's a sign of great discipline that the party machinery would line up its most maligned moderates to speak during primetime, while shuffling the ghastly religious right off to the cold cut line, keeping its theocratic designs tucked under the Wonder Bread.

Wednesday, August 25 2004

Live From Planet Soul

Donny Hathaway and Laura Nyro were both products of an era when Soul music had a transformative power and These Songs for You, Live! and Spread Your Wings and Fly capture their singular talents in the context most befitting of their power as artists and spiritual beings.

Tuesday, August 10 2004

Remembering Rick James

While the untimely passing of musicians is always painful, the loss of Rick James is particularly troubling; not simply because he was a rare talent, but more so because he is destined to be remembered for the wrong reasons.

Friday, August 6 2004

The Wilco You Weren’t Supposed to Hear

At a relaxed distance, in a part of the country where Wilco seldom travels, I can play dumb to all that fan chatter and, taking a cue from John Crowe Ransom, use a little 'formal criticism' to evaluate the 'Demos' in their own context.

Friday, July 30 2004

BAMcinématek Presents: Steve Buscemi and Jo Andres Select

You may not fully appreciate Steve Buscemi's abilities as an actor until you see him in person.

Wednesday, July 28 2004

How Hip-Hop Music Is Slowly Transcending Its Circular Culture

If it is to stand any chance of representing a people, then hip-hop must be allowed that most fundamental of human compulsions: to grow, to transcend its own limitations, to change.

Tuesday, July 20 2004

News You Can’t Use

Entertainment news shows are not interested in reporting

Wednesday, July 14 2004

Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

Your band has released not just its career-defining album, but a record that will undoubtedly go down as one of the decade's artistic hallmarks. The world is your oyster and then, A Ghost Is Born.

Friday, July 9 2004

Instrumental What!?? MC-Less Hip-Hop and the Square One Dilemma

It sounds like a paradox: instrumental hip-hop. For all logistical purposes, it is. Sample-based instrumental hip-hop artists like DJ Shadow, RJD2 and Prefuse 73 are a long way from the sound of their forebears. In one sense they've pushed rap music to the apex of its identity crisis; but in another sense, they've taken hip-hop back to square one.

Thursday, July 8 2004

Are My Methods Unsound?: Marlon Brando, 1924-2004

On screen, he rebelled against 'the man'; offscreen, he rebelled against the rebel stereotype imposed on him.

Tuesday, July 6 2004

Don’t Call Me Mule, Jackass

mulatto. An ugly word. Give me a basketful of racist, sexist, homophobic epithets over this word any day. Many such mean-spirited words have fallen out of use, and others have been 'reappropriated,' as they say.

Tuesday, June 29 2004

Lollapa-loser? A critical look inside the rise and fall of Lollapalooza 2004

On paper Lollapalooza 2004 looked to be the most anticipated offering of the festival in a decade. The event was to traverse North America hitting 16 cities with an unprecedented two-day bill in all but one town. In hindsight, one has to wonder if there were other options tour organizers could have used to prevent this unfortunate end. The only certainty, right now, is that Lollapalooza 2004 is cancelled leaving an enormous void in the touring plans for many bands and their followers.

Wednesday, June 23 2004

Don’t Steal My Sunshine: Is the resurgence of college rock legends good for the future of music?

Before you lay your hard earned cash down on this summer's multitude of reunion tours and related merchandise, stop and think about what they're trying to do to you. We ask the question: Is the resurgence of college rock legends good for the future of music?

Tuesday, June 22 2004

Ray Charles: An American Genius

Ray Charles took nothing from no one, staking his claim to the world, thriving despite his blindness to become one of a handful of truly legendary and groundbreaking artists in the history of music. Rest in peace, Brother Ray.

Madonna Speaks Out, Again

'I believe that George Bush and Saddam Hussein are both behaving in an irresponsible manner,' says Madonna. 'So, in that respect, they're alike.'

Monday, June 21 2004

Root Root Root For Your Own Team

To be a baseball fan, you are asked to attend games, buy products that signify your team, watch games on TV, and always 'root, root, root for the home team' -- in short, to spend money.

Wednesday, June 16 2004

Can We Fake Them… EMUlate Them?—The Real Video Game Battle

A definite parallel can be drawn between the mp3 file swapping perils and that of the EMU community.

Monday, June 14 2004

Attack of the Killer Fashionistas

With outsourced private security forces, i.e., corporate mercenaries, conducting interrogations and protecting business interests in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Prada installation in Soho, NY, looking much like a community-based paramilitary organization, can be read as playing on our fears of terrorist activities and our longing for protection from them.

Thursday, June 3 2004

Living in Dreams: Wong Kar-Wai

Fluid and erratic, viscous and elusive, Wong Kar-Wai's films are feats of dream logic.

Tuesday, June 1 2004

Merlefest 2004

For four days each April, the place is vibrant with humanity, as people from all over come to this Mecca of roots music called Merlefest, which gracefully celebrates the old as much as it concedes to, and welcomes, the new.

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