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Sunday, February 16 2003

Arkestra One: self-titled

I guess I can understand what compels the creators of electronic and sample-based music to add vocals to their sound. Instrumentals are all well and


Thursday, February 13 2003

Gary Wilson: Forgotten Lovers

Music is a little something like autobiography. No other art form has kept such a stranglehold on the notion of “artist”, or championed that the


Pipas: A Cat Escaped

A Cat Escaped, the new CD from London-based international pop duo, Pipas, is 10 tracks of blissful, summery dance-pop. Theirs is the kind of sound that


Kelly Osbourne: Shut Up

If only I had picked up Kelly Osbourne’s debut album Shut Up when it was released this past November, I am certain it would


The O’Jays: Love Songs

Coming straight out of the Philadelphia sound in the early ‘70s, the O’Jays scored a series of hits records and songs. The core trio


Nas: God’s Son

Imagine, if you will, you are Jay-Z. It’s early December (2001) and you are getting’ ready to celebrate your birthday with a large group of


Machito & His Afro-Cuban Orchestra: Mambo Mucho Mambo: The Complete Columbia Masters

The influence of Cuban music on jazz is now generally recognized, and any number of names comes readily to the mind of jazz aficionados when


Melochrome: This Is Motion

One of the problems with a music genre like dreampop is that to the average consumer with an untrained ear, most of it sounds more


Little Wings: Light Green Leaves

The attempt to convey intimacy through recorded music is a fraught, paradoxical affair. The moment of intimacy, the time in which the musician and the


Janis Joplin: The Essential Janis Joplin

Nowadays, major labels regularly and repeatedly reissue the same music, hoping to ring up additional sales of the same recordings. Often, they accomplish this by


Boy George: A Night Out With Boy George

In the spirit of lazy music journalism, two things need to be mentioned immediately. The first has to do with the artist behind this release:


The Quiet American (2002)

That the U.S. imagines itself in the position to take unilateral decisions that affect the rest of the world is as much a function of the nation's founding myths (all that 'city on a hill' business, represented in Pyle's notion that he can save Phuong) as it is its economic might (Pyle's knowledge that he can support Phuong).


The Other Network - PopMatters Film Review )

Driven by instant gratification and a bottom line ethos, the networks have all but abandoned the cause of great TV comedy.


Lockdown (2000)

Takes its political and ethical subjects seriously.


Lost in La Mancha (2002)

Even in the midst of chaos and catastrophe, Gilliam's drive to create fantastic worlds can be as damning, and as appealing, as Quixote's.


The Hidden Wars of Desert Storm (2000/2002)

Radioactive poison is a legacy of laissez-faire capitalism's most guilty indulgence.


The Guru (2002)

Offers a cagey take on cultural influences and intersections.


Daredevil (2003)

The good news is that Johnson's Daredevil follows Marvel's disability politics.


Deliver Us From Eva (2003)

In the she's-such-a-bitch scenes, Gabrielle Union reveals a completely wonderful comic timing.


Wednesday, February 12 2003

Ms Jade: Girl Interrupted

In the world of female rap, where appearance and crew affiliation are as vital to success as actual talent, it is rare to find strong


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