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Tuesday, September 17 2002

Ariane (a.k.a. Ari of the Slits): Ariane

There are basically two camps of aging punk rockers. First are those who continue to make music that rarely rivals their previous successes (Joe Strummer,


Aalacho: self-titled

It was bound to happen. After a few years of bands cribbing from all sorts of ‘80s musical styles, most notably ska and New Wave,


Monday, September 16 2002

Young People: self-titled

What’s immediately striking about this release on first inspection is that it looks (on compact disc, anyway) like a gift from a friend: the


Omar Sosa: Sentir

Omar Sosa is (yet another) talented Cuban pianist. However don’t expect variations on Chucho Valdes or Tony Perez. In fact, don’t expect anything


Roy Rogers: Slideways

Roy . . . Boy! Here he is about to put out a brand new record, and this recalcitrant is just now getting around to reviewing his last


Pole Position: XO

Sometimes you find beauty in the strangest places. Pole Position’s XO is an entrancing debut album born from the bastion of enlightenment known as


Maroon 5: Songs About Jane

Hey, what could be stranger than a band mimicking the sound of Jamiroquai, with just a bit of dilution? After all, that band diluted the


Mr. Lif: I Phantom

Right now, Mr. Lif is just about the uncoolest rapper on the planet. First of all, he’s actually skilled on the microphone and highly


Fury: Resurrection

Hardcore kids have a nasty habit of anointing legend status on any band that happened to release a seven-inch before 1995. If said band happened to


Monday Night Football

John Madden is a master narrator of a football game. Amid the grunting and groaning of the linemen, the staccato rhymes of the cheerleaders, and the screaming of thousands of fans, his commentary comes through with a clarity that gives shape and meaning to the sound and fury that plays out on our television sets.


Using the Force: Creativity, Community and Star Wars Fans by Will Brooker

For as much as Lucasfilms would like to be in control over its content, 'Star Wars' has grown too big to fit inside of Lucas' universe anymore. Nearly everyone alive today has a 'Star Wars' story to tell.


Toothpicks and Logos: Design in Everyday Life by John Heskett

Conveys the theory that almost nothing in our environment is completely natural.


This War Called Love by Alejandro Murguia

His narratives are crisp and filled with vivid descriptions of street life, reminding one of a painting that is packed with minute details.


The Season of Lillian Dawes by Katherine Mosby

A lush novel, thick with the heady atmosphere of first love, lust and betrayal, Katherine Mosby's sophomore effort, 'The Season of Lillian Dawes' is part 'Catcher in the Rye', part 'The Great Gatsby'. Original it ain't, but the author's fluid, lyrical prose makes it worth the deja vu.


Screening Party by Dennis Hensley

I'd like to take a moment to reflect upon the fine art of 'riposte au cinema', or talking back to the movies. It's one of those pursuits, like driving and sex, that most people attempt to do but few actually do well.


The Psychology of the Sopranos: Love, Death, Desire, and Betrayal in America’s Favorite Gangster Fam

Gabbard (a professor of psychology at Baylor College of Medicine) delves into the psyches of the Sopranos, and explains why the nation has become seduced by a show about the 'misadventures of a middle-aged thug.' Doesn't sound so odd, really. How many people, after all, refer to 'The Godfather' as an all-time favorite movie?"


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


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