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Thursday, April 4 2002


S E T    L I S T SingGood FeelingWriting to Reach YouPipe DreamsAs You AreDriftwoodThe FearSideLast TrainMore Than UsFollow the LightTurnFlowers in the


In the recent past people tried to tell us that quiet was the new loud. Britain was awash with troubled singers standing on the shoulders


With the much heralded musical shift from the country-soul amalgam of Nixon, to the sparser, quieter textures of their latest offering Is A Woman, Lambchop

Hanson Brothers

What is the desire to recapture magical moments that belong only to the past? The term I’m searching for is something that goes beyond

Girls Against Boys + The Yeah Yeah Yeahs + The Pattern

It was all Clash over the Echo Lounge’s PA system on a Tuesday night. The debut album before the first band, The Drill Team,

. . . And You Will Know Us by The Trail of Dead

S E T    L I S T Richter Scale MadnessMistakes and RegretsMark David ChapmanGargoyle WaitingHomageFake Fake EyesAnother Morning StonerBaudelaireRelative WaysAged DollsA Perfect TeenhoodTotally

The Piano Teacher (2001)

Haneke's films challenge not only media violence, but also unsuccessful satires of media violence, like Oliver Stone's indulgent, bloodily hedonistic 'Natural Born Killers'.

No Such Thing (2002)

Arid and hermetic, it's the first misstep in Hartley's intriguing and varied career.

High Crimes (2002)

'High Crimes' is a movie starring Ashley Judd whom someone has determined is the ideal Flinty Woman in Danger.

E.T. the Extraterrestrial (1982/2002)

The rerelease of 'E.T.' raises questions that underscore the difference between the Reagan-Bush years and the years of Bush Jr. and Dick Cheney.

Death to Smoochy (2002)


Crush (2001)

'Crush' is surely 'quaint,' but . . . it's also sad in ways it probably doesn't mean to be.

Wednesday, April 3 2002

Texas is the Reason: Do You Know Who You Are?

When I listen to Texas is the Reason’s Do You Know Who You Are?, I have the feeling I’ve been here before. The

Roxy Music: Avalon

Put in percussion, lots of imported blocks scrapingMuted bongos, plucked bass beats, empty hollow soundingTones to get your empty ribcage reverbratingHe’s singing lyrics about

Chris Isaak: Always Got Tonight

You have to give Chris Isaak his due—he only does one thing but he does it very well. Always Got Tonight, his new release

Hefner: Dead Media

Right from the first seconds of the opening title track of Hefner’s fourth album, the synthesizers say it all. Sparkling squiggles of vintage analogue

Maggie Connell: The Luxury of Sadness

Maggie Connell’s The Luxury of Sadness is an album to behold. It is a strange little work, one that doesn’t freely lend itself

The Catheters: Static Delusions and Stone-Still Days

And I had such high hopes for Sub Pop. Last year was banner year for the label by any standard. In addition to excellent albums

Club 8: Spring Came, Rain Fell

It should almost be law that any male/female duo that forms a band must date, then break up, but keep the band together. The

Tuesday, April 2 2002

Mingus Big Band: The Essential Mingus Big Band

See a band credited to a deceased leader the Benny Goodman Orchestra, for instance and you think old, out-of-touch, lame, boring you get the picture.

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