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Monday, March 24 2003

Vic Chesnutt: Silver Lake

Vic Chesnutt seems to take as much inspiration from writers as he does from musicians. His West of Rome album shares its name with a

Atom and His Package: Attention! Blah Blah Blah.

Imagine if Harold Faltermeyer grew 50 stories high and stomped into Philadelphia, crushing the Franklin mint under his heel and blaring his only hit (“Axel F”)

Thursday, March 20 2003

View From the Top (2003)

View From the Top's Donna (Gwyneth Paltrow) and her boyfriend (Mark Ruffalo) are certainly nice, but not interesting enough to rescue a plot this stale.

Morvern Callar (2002)

Morvern is a puzzle the film picks at but never quite solves, the focus of its probing but also respectful attention.

Dreamcatcher (2003)

One thing you can say about 'Dreamcatcher': you can't really say one thing about it.

Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

The girls in 'Bend It Like Beckham' have grown up crossing cultural borders on a daily basis, and see such negotiations as nothing special.

Wednesday, March 19 2003

Turin Brakes: Ether Song

Turin Brakes are Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian, friends since their primary school days in Balham, South London. They grew up listening to Prince, Sebadoh,

Sly and the Family Stone: The Essential Sly and the Family Stone

The work of Sly and the Family Stone has been lauded by critics for decades, so a lengthy treatise about its importance is hardly in

Majesticons: Beauty Party

Temptation #1: The promo version of this record features the Promo-Bot, period break-ins by a robot voice laid randomly in over the real tracks in an

The Libertines: Up the Bracket

Listening to The Libertines’ debut album is kind of like being at a boisterous party. Only you’re pinned in a corner by a drunken

The Iguanas: Plastic Silver 9 Volt Heart

I hardly ever go anywhere near a dance floor. It usually takes a good amount of alcohol or a woman I’m trying to impress

Hellfire Sermons: Hymns: Ancient and Modern

Prior to the Manic Street Preachers rise to the British rock elite, there was a band that many believed would eventually become what the Manics

The Derailers: Genuine

Hipster fans of alt-country tend to steer clear of the Derailers. After all, the Austin, Texas-based band doesn’t fit the Whiskeytown/Old 97s/Son

Beans: Tomorrow Right Now

On his debut full-length Tomorrow Right Now, Beans is both floating somewhere in the upper galaxies and cooling out on city streets. His style is

King Britt: Adventures in Lo-Fi

The subject of today’s evisceration is the new record from King Britt called Adventures in Lo-Fi. Sadly, the title is a lie: this record

Dave Brubeck Quartet: Park Avenue South: Live at Starbucks

When you usually think of seeing jazz great Dave Brubeck and his accompanying trio of musicians, it’s often either at an outdoor venue, jazz


Ellis' tale gives the reader an intriguing glimpse into a strange reality that is as human as it is futuristic and fantastic.

The Goon #1-3

A delightful romp through a pseudo-Depression Era world.

Daredevil #38-40 – The Trial of the Century

So why should it be a surprise that superheroes, at some point in their careers, would have their star fall?

Rawhide Kid #1-2

In most film, TV, and literature, gay characters are usually victims of prejudice and/or violence. The Rawhide Kid is anything but a victim. He may be fancy, but he can kick butt with the best of them.

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