Thursday, February 13 2003
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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:
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).
Driven by instant gratification and a bottom line ethos, the networks have all but abandoned the cause of great TV comedy.
Takes its political and ethical subjects seriously.
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.
Radioactive poison is a legacy of laissez-faire capitalism's most guilty indulgence.
Offers a cagey take on cultural influences and intersections.
The good news is that Johnson's Daredevil follows Marvel's disability politics.
In the she's-such-a-bitch scenes, Gabrielle Union reveals a completely wonderful comic timing.
Wednesday, February 12 2003
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
After the split of John Squire’s post-Stone-Roses band, The Seahorses, he has been buried away in his country house in the North of England