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Wednesday, May 22 2002

Blood Orchid. An Unnatural History of America by Charles Bowden

The balanced appreciation of our appetites that has consumed Charles Bowden for over 25 years has become an increasingly demanding enterprise.

Bright Earth: Art and the Invention of Color by Philip Ball

It's a thick work full of tangents and an occasional jangle of jargon that pops up like a current of cold water.

Tuesday, May 21 2002

Tarentel: The Order of Things

On this, their second full length release, Tarentel have done the expected and expanded their sound to include new elements and new experiments in sound.

Teenage Fanclub: Howdy

You can’t blame Teenage Fanclub for trying. In fact, they should be commended for their unflappable stick-to-itiveness. After a slew of albums (six, to

Sukilove: Talking in the Dark

Want to hear about some nice Americana- or alt-country-tinged acoustic-based pop? Here’s the catch: it comes from Belgium. Really. This tuneful surprise of a

Bob Marley & The Wailers: Legend (Deluxe Edition)

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of his death last year, Robert Nesta Marley releases and greatest hits collection popped up periodically in record stores, but

Mariza: Fado Em Mim

“The Rain Listened and Whispered;My Secret to the City;And Now When it Taps on my Window;It Still Brings That Sad Nostalgia” Translation

Stephin Merritt: Eban & Charley

Fast forward a year. Independent film director James Bolton was completing his first feature film, Eban & Charley, and asked Stephin Merritt to score his

Clem Snide: Moment in the Sun

Alt-country is a rich genre, filled with enough talent and sterling songwriters to prop up two or three other genres, but it takes itself pretty

Wednesday, May 15 2002

Super Furry Animals

The last two times Super Furry Animals played Philadelphia, the band was confined to tiny 21+ venues, despite cult status and chart success overseas. This time


When I found out that Motorhead were playing a show at the World, the WWF’s Times Square entertainment complex, I was delighted. Wrestling and

The Moldy Peaches

S E T    L I S T County FairDownloading Porn with DavoAnyone Else but YouThese BurgersI ForgotLazy ConfessionsSteak for ChickenGreyhound BusLucky Number NineNothing

Coachella Music and Arts Festival

Siouxsie and the BansheesPhoto credit: Jennifer Bendery The Charlatans UKPhoto credit: Jennifer Bendery The spiritual rush of being a desert wanderer in a labyrinth of

The X-Files

The X-Files has long been but a pale reflection of the show it once was.

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

There are so very many characters playing central roles in the second half of the series, and accounting for all of their geneses is tricky indeed.

The Salton Sea (2002)

Danny's story is part noiry nightmare, part scam saga, and part junkie-underground travelogue.

About A Boy (2002)

'About A Boy' is not 'The Hugh Show'. Thank goodness.

Tuesday, May 14 2002

Alanis Morissette: Under Rug Swept

How, at first, disconcerting it is to hear Alanis Morissette, the queen of late ‘90s, angst-ridden folk rock, sing about parties, dancing and boys. If

Various Artists: Pure 90’s

The other day, for the umpteenth time, I saw a VH1 special on the ‘90s. Given that the network prides itself on repackaging pop culture

Violet Indiana: Casino

This might not be the most fair way to begin a review, but I’m not the only one that felt that there were times

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