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Thursday, October 24 2002

Paid in Full (2002)

As familiar as this story sounds (and is), Ace is hardly your usual somebody.


Ghost Ship (2002)

The best surprise of 'Ghost Ship' is that it's surprisingly good, spooky, fun, and stylish.


Auto Focus (2002)

Paul Schrader's 'Auto Focus' is, as its title suggests, about self-interest and -obsession.


Wednesday, October 23 2002

The Windmills: Sunlight

The Windmills are one of a plethora of British pop bands who have the melodies and harmonies needed to break into the spotlight, but for


André Toussaint: Bahamian Ballads: The Songs of André Toussaint

Listeners who know Alan Lomax’s 1935 Bahamian field recordings, or the rhyming spirituals of Bahamian roots artists like the Pinder Family and Joseph Spence (whose


Rose Smith: Dawn Raiding

“The singer-songwriter imperative is weakened but still with us, providing new voices and nonvoices each year . . .”—Richard Reinhardt Once upon time, as a DJ at


Eliades Ochoa: Estoy Como Nunca

Eliades Ochoa appears strolling down the rusted train tracks in his featured segment in Wim Wender’s documentary Buena Vista Social Club. While the other


Manfred Mann: Classic Masters

The Classic Masters series from EMI/Capitol can be, in some cases, an excellent way of producing a best-of collection for an artist with very


Billie Holiday: The Best of Billie Holiday (20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection)

The Best of Billie Holiday 20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection is a wonderful introduction to the artist. Holiday’s musical career spanned the years


Blur: Parklife

It’s really easy to analyze new releases from every Tom, Dick, and Harry out there. It’s damn hard to write a review of


Bikeride: Morning Macumba

The word “cute” is rich with connotations but empty of real aesthetic weight. A critic can bandy the word about only when all other possibilities


Thievery Corporation

The Indian Summer that England has been enjoying just ended abruptly, and outside the cold weather is beating London like a ginger-haired stepchild. The front


Shellac of North America

What to say about Steve Albini? I can tell you this much—he never played Texas. I heard someone say once that Albini hates the


Three Tales by Steve Reich and Beryl Korot

Minimalist composer Steve Reich and his wife, video artist Beryl Korot, gained notoriety in 1993 with their collaboration on the large-scale “documentary video opera” The Cave,


Stephin Merritt

It is a curious thing to see a rock show in an opera house. The smoking hipsters are replaced with polite and wholesome-looking theatre-going folk.


Gomez

Gomez are the guys living in the apartment below you. The ones who order take-out every night. The ones you borrow music from. You comb


Electroclash 2002 with Peaches, Chicks on Speed, W.I.T., and Tracy and the Plastics

PeachesPhoto credit: Lisa Kannakko Chicks on SpeedPhoto credit: Michael Lavine Electroclash. Gotta admit, it’s a great tag for a musical movement. Certainly more enticing-sounding


Ani Difranco

Ani DifrancoPhoto credits: Jennifer Bendery “If you can’t raise awareness, raise hell” —Rita Mae Brown It was a crisp evening in Austin, Texas, as


The Right Words at the Right Time by Marlo Thomas and Friends

Hollywood Babylon breeds with the 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' series in this book.


Pimpnosis by Rob Marriott and Tracy Funches

Our culture's obsession with the world of pimps and prostitutes shows up in odd places.


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