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Tuesday, October 26 1999

The Clash: From Here to Eternity

If newfound clarity and intensity aren’t enough for ya, buy it for the absolutely chilling version of “Straight to Hell.” Which isn’t just the Clash’s finest hour—it’s one of rock’s most haunting moments.


Thursday, October 21 1999

David Bowie: hours…

David Bowie is much too good for this. Please David, leave the “adult-boring” charts to Celine Dion, Mariah Carey and the rest of that lot.


Friday, October 15 1999

Radiohead: Meeting People Is Easy [DVD]

Ultimately, Meeting People is Easy is a disjointed film with a meandering narrative that somehow succeeds despite its real lack of focus in capturing the chaos, pressure, and frequent boredom of the celebrity lifestyle.


Ray Charles: The Complete Country & Western Recordings 1959-1986

Ray Charles is one of those rare artists that can convincingly traffic in virtually any genre of music and make it sound thoroughly his own.


Thursday, October 14 1999

Fight Club (1999)

Does capitalism have you by the balls? If you're feeling a little limp lately, a little flaccid, emasculated, or impotent, then David Fincher's Fight Club may just have your number. This film kicks butt, and in doing so it also manages to suggest that your need for it and for other butt-kicking films is a late capitalist symptom of contemporary psychosis.


Monday, September 27 1999

Garth Brooks: In the Life of Chris Gaines

When Garth Brooks said, about two years ago, he was taking a break from music, thousands cheered while millions broke plates in utter frustration. And


Monday, August 23 1999

Christina Aguilera: self-titled

It’s the era alterna-fans dreaded. The pop universe is back and it’s bloody huge. Pop is a funny genre. A really good pop


Monday, June 7 1999

The Apples In Stereo: Her Wallpaper Reverie

Robert Schneider is everywhere these days, mixing the recent Dressy Bessy release and popping up as a collaborator and producer on a host of Elephant 6-related projects.


Sunday, May 9 1999

    Labradford: E luxo so

Perhaps the two most important components of creating memorable mood music are the use of restraint and a respect for silence. In other words, it


Monday, May 3 1999

Ella Fitzgerald: Cocktail Hour

Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holliday, apart from being the most important and best-known jazz singers of the last century, represent two sides of an interesting coin.


Monday, April 19 1999

    Bijou Phillips: I’d Rather Eat Glass

Bijou Phillips will forever be announced following the phrase “former model turned singer/actress” which is unfortunate—not because her modelling career spanned roughly four


Monday, August 31 1998

    Willie Nelson: Teatro

My ties to Willie Nelson were never all that evident. They barely existed, to tell you the truth. My stepfather owned a Willie Nelson greatest


Monday, March 23 1998

    Semisonic: Feeling Strangely Fine

Who would have guessed that from the frozen Minneapolis winter would come the hottest pop album of 1998? Since rising from the ashes of the classic


Monday, November 3 1997

Fold Zandura: Ultraforever

Four years ago, Fold Zandura released Ultraforever with giddy self-confidence. Buried in the liner notes was this pronouncement: “...and to everyone who thinks they’ve


Monday, September 22 1997

Emer Kenny: self-titled

I came across my favorite Irish pop music album a couple of years ago at the big tent music sale held every summer in the


Monday, March 24 1997

    New Duncan Imperials: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vegas

You know, there’s nothing better than kicking back over the weekend, specifically on a Friday night, and having a few friends up while you


Monday, January 23 1995

The Clientele: Suburban Light

Where most musicians seem content to respond and resignify, toying with mix and match flip-books, the Clientele move beyond pedigree charts and musical genealogy, eclipsing cultural context and conceptual frameworks.


Sunday, January 1 1995

Hamlet (2000)

I confess to feeling a certain dread when I first heard that Ethan ('I have this planet of regret') Hawke was starring in Michael Almereyda's updated-and-abbreviated Hamlet.


American Diaspora: Poetry of Displacement by Virgil Suarez and Ryan G. Van Cleave

It's no surprise that an anthology of this kind ['American Diaspora: Poetry of Displacement'] would come along sooner or later, but that shouldn't take away from its merits. This book needed to happen, both for its subject matter and for its delivery (and -ance).


The Widow of Saint-Pierre (La Veuve de Saint-Pierre) (2001)

Newly married and deeply in love, the couple is known for their 'modern ideas', which means -- in the film's rather simplistic terms -- that they are willing to look beyond a man's deed and into his character. It also means that they make love often, curtains billowing in the background.


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