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Monday, January 28 2002

Citizen Cope: self-titled

Most discriminating music fans (read: music snobs) can pinpoint almost instantly what it is about those artists they don’t like (read: that which sucks,


Thursday, January 24 2002

A Walk to Remember (2002)

PULL.


Metropolis (2001) - PopMatters Film Review )

It's not so often that you see an anime as deliberately unsexy as Rintaro's 'Metropolis'.


The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

As John (Richard Gere) begins to question his own journalistic rigor and even his sanity, a number of inconsistencies in the stories of the mothman crop up.


The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

It's exceedingly good to see Luis Guzmán looking so vibrantly out of place in Kevin Reynolds' 'The Count of Monte Cristo'.


Monday, January 21 2002

Various Artists: Preachin’ the Blues: The Music of Mississippi Fred McDowell

“I don’t play no rock ‘n’ roll” —Mississippi Fred McDowell It was Son House who recorded the scandalous “Preachin’ Blues” in the ‘40s and


Willard Grant Conspiracy & Telefunk: In the Fishtank (Fish Eight)

This album is best explained by first returning to the general idea itself. This Dutch label has created a series of short length discs that


Matthew Shipp: Nu Bop

Matthew Shipp’s latest contribution to his label’s Blue Series, which he curates with a golden touch, is a merging of electronics and jazz


Sianspheric: The Sound of the Color of the Sun

Even with the volume turned up, Sianspheric is quiet. Wrapped in hushed emotions, The Sound of the Color of the Sun whispers and murmurs lightly


Seaworthy: The Ride

Murmuring unintelligible secrets, Seaworthy’s The Ride just shimmers along without a true destination. Always subtle, always intangible, these thinly arranged songs dance around as


The Stratford Four: The Revolt Against Tired Noises

In past PopMatters reviews of the Mezzanines, Starlight Mints, and Je Suis France, I couldn’t help but point out how these contemporary guitar-based indie


Nine Inch Nails: And All That Could Have Been

The title of the new Nine Inch Nails disc, And All That Could Have Been, is perhaps a case of Trent Reznor taking a slight


Mates of State: Our Constant Concern

There really is no one else who sounds like Mates of State. Of course, every band has some quality that makes them unique, but Mates


Mekons: Fear and Whiskey

You wake up in the afternoon to headlines about a goofy reactionary figurehead President, and his pal the British Prime Minister, both of whom are


Richard Hawley: Late Night Final

Warning: what you are about to experience contains not a hint of irony or pessism, skepticism or half-truths, denial or doubt. There are no ulterior


Fieldy’s Dreams: Rock ‘n’ Roll Gangster

In the press release for Rock ‘n’ Roll Gangster, the first solo release from Korn bassist Fieldy (under the pseudonym “Fieldy’s Dreams”), he is


Check Engine: self-titled

Another day, another math rock band. That means lots of supposedly interesting time signatures that never creep into 4/4, guitar riffs that seem more intent on


Blue Six: Beautiful Tomorrow

Since its first 12” release in 1999, San Francisco’s Naked Music label has been at the forefront of a deep house revival that has brought legions


The Anniversary: Your Majesty

It seems like, lately, everyone has been avoiding the label of “emo” like the kiss of death. My friend (who knows more about these things


Algorithm: Composure

As early as 20 years after his death in 1669, art critics posited that Rembrandt had been using different techniques when it came to his method of


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