Call for Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past


Monday, September 24 2001

Carlos Barbosa-Lima: Mambo No. 5

Judging from the title and the cover shot of a blurry little Metropolitan convertible overflowing with bouquets of long-stemmed roses, Carlos Barbosa-Lima is revving up

The Andersons: Family Secrets

There’s been a bit of a trend with actors branching out into music lately, what with Jack Black’s Tenacious D project about to

Abandoned Pools: Humanistic

Abandoned Pools is former Eels’ member Tommy Walter’s current project. On Humanistic, Walter goes at it all alone for the most part, with occasional

Sunday, September 23 2001

    Dar Williams: Out There Live

Bridging the gap between the folk of Shawn Colvin and the crossover pop of Kim Richey, Dar Williams has always been an endearing and popular

Tuesday, September 18 2001

The Doors: The Very Best of the Doors

Why did Elektra release this? Did some marketing survey reveal that there are fans out there who simply won't pay the extra six bucks for a double album? I don't get it -- but maybe that's why I had such a short-lived career in music marketing and promotions.

Lambchop: Tools in the Dryer

A mixed bag? Surely that was the intention all along. You’ve got to love a band that defies easy categorization, if any at all. Now for that eagerly anticipated sixth album!

The Kingsbury Manx: Let You Down

The new Kingsbury Manx CD, Let You Down, unfolds and spreads like an atmosphere and hangs in the air like architecture to inhabit.

Tori Amos: Strange Little Girls

A Tori Amos album that even some of the most devoted fans seem to be passing on. Ah well, if nothing else it’ll score Amos a little pocket change. You gotta love product.

Monday, September 17 2001

Various Artists: Get the Blues!

I used to like 99 cent samplers, and perhaps boasted publicly too often about my once secret thrill of finding them. But with inflation, slagflation, slumpflation,

    Various Artists: Dub Selector / Lush Life Electronica

 Various Artists Lush Life Electronica(Quango/Palm Pictures)US release date: 4 September, 2001UK release date: Available as import by Matt Cibula various-dubselector.jpg :. e-mail

The Who: Live at Leeds (Deluxe Edition)

“I used to think we’d last as long as out hair did, but that doesn’t seem to matter anymore which is good for

Vue: Find Your Home

Bill Doss of the Sunshine Fix, talking about his creative process, said, “It’s all about appropriating these days isn’t it?”. And why shouldn’

    Tweaker: The Attraction to All Things Uncertain

Nine Inch Nails really had something going in 1989 with the gut-wrenching, soul-sucking album, Pretty Hate Machine. Fast forward 12 years, and Trent Reznor is still hard

Telefon Tel Aviv: Fahrenheit Far Enough

There is some electronic music that is meant for ass-shakin’ at the club: big fat beats that get the rump rockin’, hyperkinetic rhythms, fast-paced spacey

    Squeeze: Greatest Hits

Squeeze were never cool. One viewing of their atrocious videos proves that they could not compete in the image wars of the early 1980s. Their

    Superchunk: Here’s to Shutting Up

I missed out on punk rock. Sure, I listened to Social Distortion on my friend Pat’s tape deck, got into old Clash tapes in

Jennifer Paige: Positively Somewhere

1998: Toni Braxton files for bankruptcy. Titantic becomes one of the biggest films in history. Frank Sinatra dies. Swing dancing becomes the country line dancing of

    Owen: self-titled

The lights go down. The spotlight hits the stage. A crowded room of indie-rock kids clink their glasses of single malt beverages. A buzz of

    Beaver Nelson: Undisturbed

A bright Gerber daisy on his jacket is not enough to distract you from the intensity of Beaver Nelson’s piercing stare. Yet the photograph

    Money Mark: Change Is Coming

Mark Nishita, a.k.a. Money Mark, is a hard man to pin down. If you recognize the name, it’s most likely because of

Now on PopMatters
PM Picks

© 1999-2014 All rights reserved.™ and PopMatters™ are trademarks
of PopMatters Media, Inc.

PopMatters is wholly independently owned and operated.