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Monday, February 18 2002

Mainstream Variations

If a blues artist stays 'true' to the blues, it viewed as a plus. Jazz with its emphasis on innovation is less easily pleased. Hence the recent rows. The musician has to be both radically innovative and belong to an unproblematised lineage that stretches back to New Orleans.


Tuesday, February 12 2002

An Interview with Clinic

Clinic is nothing if not unconventional. They specialize in three-minute pop songs, but what other so-called pop songwriters would look to the grimy textures of The Velvet Underground and obscure jazz artists for inspiration?


Thursday, February 7 2002

The Velvet Underground in New York, New York in the Velvet Underground

If they were not just noisemakers in funny clothes with funny voices, then what exactly did the Velvet Underground do that was so important?


Sunday, February 3 2002

Fans on the Run: Flickerstick, The Strokes, and the Art of Instant Stardom

But in the end, I wanted to see more Flickerstick in the Strokes -- an aggressive stage presence rather than a haughty stage attitude; a carefully crafted setlist rather than a rendition of songs in the order they occur on the record; a physical immersion in the music rather than a mere recitation of words and notes.


Thursday, January 24 2002

Sundance Film Festival 2002

For 10 days each January, Park City is a conversely utopian and dystopian microcosm of the entertainment industry, a Hollywood-as-mountain kingdom that is as isolated and insular as it is enviable and confounding.


Wednesday, January 2 2002

Best Music Videos of 2001

Best Music Videos of 2001 My dedication to music videos as an aesthetic and political form remains intact. This despite a year in which MTV played


Ten Best Films of 2001

Ten Best Films of 2001 1. In the Mood For LoveI saw Wong Kar-wai’s masterful period love story last year at the New York Film Festival,


A Year at the Video Store

A Year at the Video Store When time came to prepare this year-end list for PopMatters, I found that I’d seen very little in


The Most Enjoyable Films of 2001

The Most Enjoyable Films of 2001 The year was certainly a good one for movies, with a lot of diversity, a lot of fun, and a


Top Ten Significant Moments in Australian Entertainment

Top Ten Significant Moments in Australian Entertainment The words “Australia” and “entertainment,” for me, go hand in hand. It’s like Rob Sitch said: “I


2001 Best of TV

2001 Best of TV Last year my “Best of” list focused on those tv actors whom I thought just weren’t getting their due. Two of


Favorite Films of 2001

Favorite Films of 2001 1. Memento (Christopher Nolan)When you peel away the backwards layers of director/screenwriter Christopher Nolan’s sophomore effort, you realize that while


More Than 10 Best Films of 2001

More Than 10 Best Films of 2001 At the end of 2001, it’s difficult to come up with anything that might seem as trivial as a Best


Monday, December 17 2001

Best of 2001: Sarah Zupko

Best Music of 2001 Lists PopMatters writers Sarah Zupko Andrew Gilstrap Devon Powers Patrick Schabe Cynthia Fuchs James Beaudreau Maurice Bottomley Matt Cibula S. Renee Dechert


Best of 2001: David Zahl

Best Music of 2001 Lists PopMatters writers Sarah Zupko Andrew Gilstrap Devon Powers Patrick Schabe Cynthia Fuchs James Beaudreau Maurice Bottomley Matt Cibula S. Renee Dechert


Best of 2001: Simon Warner

Best Music of 2001 Lists PopMatters writers Sarah Zupko Andrew Gilstrap Devon Powers Patrick Schabe Cynthia Fuchs James Beaudreau Maurice Bottomley Matt Cibula S. Renee Dechert


Best of 2001: Ben Varkentine

Best Music of 2001 Lists PopMatters writers Sarah Zupko Andrew Gilstrap Devon Powers Patrick Schabe Cynthia Fuchs James Beaudreau Maurice Bottomley Matt Cibula S. Renee Dechert


Best of 2001: Rob Varak

Best Music of 2001 Lists PopMatters writers Sarah Zupko Andrew Gilstrap Devon Powers Patrick Schabe Cynthia Fuchs James Beaudreau Maurice Bottomley Matt Cibula S. Renee Dechert


Best of 2001: Ryan Tranquilla

Best Music of 2001 Lists PopMatters writers Sarah Zupko Andrew Gilstrap Devon Powers Patrick Schabe Cynthia Fuchs James Beaudreau Maurice Bottomley Matt Cibula S. Renee Dechert


Best of 2001: Jason Thompson

Best Music of 2001 Lists PopMatters writers Sarah Zupko Andrew Gilstrap Devon Powers Patrick Schabe Cynthia Fuchs James Beaudreau Maurice Bottomley Matt Cibula S. Renee Dechert


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