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Wednesday, March 12 2003

Charlie Hunter Quintet

Mr. Tambourine Man “The bass / the treble / don’t make the rebel / playing the tambourine does.”


The Folk Implosion

“Somebody told me they saw Eric Gaffney today and that he said ‘hi.’ I have a lot of scores to settle, and when I do,


Cat Power

A Cat Power record is reminiscent of a Nick Drake record: no matter how bright the sun is shining outside, Chan Marshall’s music has


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.


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