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Wednesday, June 5 2002

The Heavy-Petting Zoo by Clare Pollard

Clare Pollard's poems compulsively re-enact the reaching out to life and the withdrawing in pain.


Tuesday, June 4 2002

Various Artists: World Lounge

Try as I might, I still can’t get a solid grip the nebulous, slippery genre known as “chill-out”. It seems to me that a


Various Artists: Champs Elysees Cafe

Eighteen elegant and suitably self-conscious examples of the new sound of France are gathered together in this fashionable collection. Be wary of the disc’s


Radiogram: All the Way Home

Allen Ginsberg once said the best poem to read aloud is Shelley’s “Ode to the West Wind”. Just go outside, blast it out, he


My Morning Jacket / Songs: Ohia: Split EP

Excellent songwriters toiling away in relative obscurity is nothing new, but in the case of My Morning Jacket and Songs: Ohia, it feels like more


Jukebox Junkies: Choose Your Fix

“I like to call it Alt Country Pop Rock”, says lead Jukebox Junkie Marc Dauer of his band’s music. That’s a pretty good


Neil Halstead: Sleeping on Roads

As lead singer of Mojave 3, Neil Halstead has been making American roots music, interpreted as only a group of Brits could. The slowish, dream-like quality


The Beatifics: In the Meantime

While I don’t trust that many musicians read the reviews I write of their music, if I could pick one message that I would


Buffy the Vampire Slayer

This was a tragic ending to one of prime-time television's most engaging love stories. More disturbing, as well as more socially and politically troublesome, however, is that Tara's death completes what has become a rather homophobic and pathological representation of lesbian desires and relationships over the course of the past season.


Monday, June 3 2002

The Walkmen: Let’s Live Together

The Walkmen are cool. According to a certain big corporate American music magazine, anyway. After all, the Strokes are out conquering the world, and the


Del Amitri: Can You Do Me Good?

There’s always something slightly predictable about a new Del Amitri album: you just know it will be packed with yet more examples of wonderfully


The Breeders: Title TK

Note: This review is written in real-time, starting at 5:44 a.m. on 26 May 2002. This is in keeping with Kim Deal’s new “All Wave” recording


Tab Benoit: Wetlands

Wetlands is a bare bones approach to Louisiana music, reminiscent of the kind of music a person might hear if stumbling into a club in


Audio Explorations: ActionReaction

There comes a times in most people’s lives when they just don’t feel right with the world. Undoubtedly, the adolescent teenage years spark


Air: Everybody Hertz

The video on this enhanced extended-play CD comes from the street action surrounding Air’s performance in Los Angeles last summer. It’s okay footage—


Actionslacks: Never Never Shake, Baby

Actionslacks are a band that I’ve had some trouble with over the years. I first saw them about five years ago, up in Vancouver,


Sunday, June 2 2002

Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr.

They didn't need a presentation by the mayor to give them the keys to Las Vegas; they owned Vegas in all of its bohemian glory.


Friday, May 31 2002

Undercover Brother (2002)

Peppered with Chappellian hilarities (and the man can riff), it is more like Austin Powers than a hard-hitting satire, minus Mike Meyers' mania, plus Lee's deft direction and Griffin's own brand of energy.


Late Marriage (Hatouna Mehuheret) (2001)

A new comedy from Israel, could be funnier in a lot of ways, and more serious in others.


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