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Thursday, January 23 2003

EL-P: Fandam Plus: Instrumentals, Remixes, Lyrics & Video

El-P’s Definitive Jux label has made some serious headway over the past year, gaining enough momentum to inflate it from fledgling dream to full-blown


The Derek Trucks Band: Joyful Noise

It’s hard to believe that guitar whiz Derek Trucks is a mere 23 years old. After all, he and his band have four albums under


Richard Ashcroft: Human Conditions

Put on a Richard Ashcroft record, and suddenly, everything changes. The room you’re sitting in will be gilded in a dusky glow, no matter


To End All Wars (2001)

Explores separate and collective struggles to survive, the prisoners' strengths and weaknesses.


Siddhartha (1972)

Justine contends with lascivious lesbians, foppish fags, and bombastic bullies at every turn.


Shoeshine (Sciuscià) (1946)

Focuses on the disintegration of a friendship between two Italian youths who fall victim to the state's juvenile detention system.


Good Rockin’ Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records (2002)

Even though Sam Phillips recorded many black artists, there are hardly any, aside from Thomas, to be found in the film.


Darkness Falls (2003)

Sets a new bar for lack of logic.


City of God (Cidade de Deus) (2002)

A longtime director of commercials, Meirelles is a consummate showman. Therein lies the problem.


Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)

His redemption, Barris abruptly realizes, can come only in detailed recollection, specifically, in his decision to confess his many sins.


Wednesday, January 22 2003

The Ukrainians: Respublika

The Wedding Present were the big British indie band of the late ‘80s, apparently, but I have never heard any of their records. That’s


Joni Mitchell: Travelogue

Joni Mitchell is unquestionably one of the finest popular songwriters of the last half-century, and takes her rightful place with Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and a handful of others as a highly incisive observer of her generation’s struggles and triumphs.


Valentine by Lucius Shepard

Shepard doesn't embarrass himself with the steamy stuff here.


The Skeptic: A Life of H.L. Mencken by Terry Teachout

Mencken the newspaper columnist was stirring the pot of American culture.


The Life and Death of the Planet Earth: How the New Science of Astrobiology Charts the Ultimate Fate

Life is so unusual in this wilderness we call the universe that we might as well think of it as unique.


Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain by Charles B. Cross

He desired nothing more than to be a rock star.


Hex by Carol Rumens

Prayer is both necessary as a palliative, and impossible as a luxury, an indulgence implicitly no longer available to us.


The Founding Fish by John McPhee

So, how did a worrisome lot of silver-white fish save a nation?"


Country of Cold: Stories of Sex and Death by Kevin Patterson

Those in urban centers often presume their superiority, their greater stake in humanity and value.


Tuesday, January 21 2003

Peter Wolf: Sleepless

Remember the J. Geils Band? In 1981, the rhythm and blues group went pop with the monster anthem “Centerfold”. And as if the mere idea of


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