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Wednesday, March 12 2003

Cat Power

Much has been made about Cat Power’s Chan Marshall as a live performer in the same way that much was made about Michael Jordan

What About The Kids? Raising Your Children Before, During, and After Divorce by Judith S. Wallerstei

Dr. Spock and others publish child care books. Well, this is a divorce care book.

The Spirit of Terrorism: And Requiem for the Twin Towers by Jean Baudrillaud

Terrorists are using our own systems against us, and inherent in our systems is paranoia.

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit by Sloan Wilson

I was pleasantly surprised to discover [the book] is really about that nearly missing ingredient in today's world -- responsibility -- and its re-release is timely and significant.

The Little Friend by Donna Tartt

There is a certain mystery around femininity that involves china teacups, cigarettes, old-fashioned perfume and a glamorous Sunset Boulevard sort of decay.

Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood 1910-1969 by William J. Mann

[This book] is essential for anyone interested in Hollywood -- particularly its heretofore unwritten past -- and for gays and lesbians looking to recover some of their history.

Sunday, March 9 2003

Various Artists: Almost You: The Songs of Elvis Costello

As an unathletic, bespectacled, bookish type, it was practically fated that I’d become a rabid Elvis Costello fan. Slights against my hero were taken

Pet Shop Boys: Disco 3

It was only meant as a joke in the first place. The Pet Shop Boys gave their first few releases cute titles, so people would

Pigface: Easy Listening

The Clash. Nine Inch Nails. Gravity Kills. Sister Machine Gun. Bile. Moby. Revolting Cocks. Red Hot Chili Peppers. Meg Lee Chin. Hate Dept. Public Image

New Wet Kojak: This Is the Glamorous

It seems cheap to quote press releases, but sometimes they possess infinite wisdom. In the one accompanying New Wet Kojak’s latest, This Is the

Kristin Hersh: The Grotto

Lots of attention has been given to Kristin Hersh the person-leader of Throwing Muses, young mother, hallucinating bipolar teenage songwriter, alt-rock role model—but not

DJ You DJ Me: Can You See the Music?

Oh, I had a pan ready for this one. I asked for it because I kind of liked DJ You DJ Me’s track on

The Datsuns: self-titled

Yeah, another one of those bands. Do we really need more of this stuff, this revival of raunchy guitar riffs, fuzzed-out solos, and blatant worship

The Delgados: Hate

When Tchaikovsky decided to end the “1812 Overture” with a crescendo of cannons, who knew it would influence followers until today? After all, as good as

The Dent: Farewell

For a band that works hard and gets better over time, the hope is that each new release might be the one to propel them

Saturday, March 8 2003

Tears of the Sun (2003)

To its credit, Tears of the Sun's action here is somber rather than thrilling; you can root for the SEALs, but the toll on them is visible.

The Safety of Objects (2003)

For Esther (Glenn Close), Paul's coma makes him safe to love: he'll never leave her, never get in trouble worse than what he's in now.

Bringing Down the House (2003)

It's like an episode of Bewitched, only longer, and with a feisty black woman instead of a white witch.

Wednesday, March 5 2003

Throwing Muses: self-titled

Hersh fans will have plenty of new material to salivate over. Only time will tell whether Throwing Muses is indeed the final swan song.

Various Artists: We’re a Happy Family: A Tribute to the Ramones

One of the hallmarks of the Ramones’ long and storied career was their unquestioned consistency. The leather jackets and jeans, the mop-top ‘dos, and of

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