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Monday, September 16 2002

The End of Baseball As We Knew It: The Players Union, 1960-81 by Charles P. Korr

I've just paid too much money for a nosebleed seat in Turner Field and now I can't 'afford' a hot dog, some dickhead behind me has just spilled beer down my back because he can't hold his cup and talk on his cell phone at the same time, and the row in front of me has decided to spend the entire game trying to resurrect the Wave.

Ash Wednesday by Ethan Hawke

Though Hawke often expertly captures some charming and lush moments, 'Ash Wednesday' is not supposed to be a great work of literary genius (as some of his 'But, he's a Hollywood pretty boy!' detractors seem to think), just an uncomplicated tale of the tribulations of young people in love. Objective achieved.

Thursday, September 12 2002

Various Artists: NOW That’s What I Call Music! 10

Back when I was growing up, you could always count on a beautifully cheap collection of current hits issued forth from the folks at K-Tel.

Tall Paul: Back and Forth

England’s DJ Tall Paul is a crowd-pleaser. If you don’t run with the pack, he could probably give a shit whether you like

Songs: Ohia: Didn’t It Rain

Songs: Ohia can leave you totally cold or wrap you in a late-night trance like nobody’s business. I guess that’s one of the

Oh-OK: The Complete Recordings

Despite having a member of the Stipe family in common, there is probably only one other main point of comparison that can be made between

Doug Martsch: Now You Know

With his band Built to Spill, Doug Martsch takes a philosophical approach to rock. A singing voice that’s both light as air and gruff,

Layo & Bushwacka!: Night Works

Ever since the ‘90s boom of edgy dance acts, groups such as Layo & Bushwacka! have taken European clubs by storm. Layo Paskin (founder of

Karsh Kale: Redesign: Realize Remixed

I’m not supposed to talk about how much I love Karsh Kale’s 2001 album Realize. It doesn’t matter, because I’m reviewing a

Halford: Crucible

They don’t call him the Metal God for nothing. After his departure from pioneering metal band Judas Priest back in 1992, Rob Halford went on

The Jeffersons

The first 13 episodes of 'The Jeffersons', collected on Columbia's new DVD, reveal why the show was not, after all, another 'All in the Family': its comedy was too broad to be taken seriously.

Scratch (2001)

As 'Scratch' makes abundantly clear, by definition, scratching does not stand still.

Swimfan (2002)

Ben checks his mailbox, the camera zooms in to a computer screen filled with little email-message-envelope emblems, all from 'swimfan85.' Cue spooky music.

Panic Room (2002)

This 'Panic Room' DVD leaves you to figure the moves and angles.

Gaza Strip (2002) - PopMatters Film Review )

Longley neither pretends to be impartial nor apologizes for his sympathies, and pays his potential audience the compliment of confidence in their intelligence and reason.

Barbershop (2002)

Barbershop's multiple charms are all sweet.

Wednesday, September 11 2002

The Shangri-Las: The Best of Shangri-Las (20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection)

In the early ‘60s, four New York City high school students—Betty and Mary Weiss and Margie and Mary-Ann Ganser—started singing together, performing pop

Queens of the Stone Age: Songs for the Deaf

It’s one of those inimitable, split-second moments of pure rock and roll that you can experience at home: You’re sitting at the computer,

Puckett: 23

In 1994, a quirky little independent film called Spanking the Monkey was released that took Sundance by storm and made a decent name for itself on

Metallica: Master of Puppets

My love of Metallica’s Master of Puppets album, which has lasted 16 years and counting, began on what was a pretty good day for a 1

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