Tuesday, October 26 1999
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 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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).
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.