Thursday, August 1 2002
From the annals of the under appreciated, I give you Jeff Lynne, a man with talent and history enough for a whole league of musicians,
They say that irony is sweet, but I prefer to think of it as painful. So often things that you wish would happen only come
It’s so easy to take Los Lobos for granted. Some of their records have been better than others, but they’ve never made a
If any one collective typifies both the essence and inexorable rise of the European nu-jazz sound it is Berlin’s Jazzanova. The surprisingly large sales
It’s not the old “loud” Elvis for sure, but the rhythmic and lyrical twists of this year’s model still make for one very good CD that reveals more with each repeated listen.
NBC’s new series She Spies immediately begs two questions. First, what is this tough girl T&A fantasy doing popping up mid-season and
[There's] little for the inhabitants to do, other than chill in the hot tub, smoke too much, and plot, scheme, and worry themselves to the point of paranoia.
Look again, and it opens up into a morass of narrative fractures.
Me Without You is a disquieting and stunningly accurate depiction of female friendship.
This self-satisfaction makes Full Frontal's gears grind.
Elling doesn't pretend to be more than it is, permitting no great epiphanies and no big-hug endings.
The idea that an individual, like Robin Hood, could stand up for the rights of the oppressed comes across as a pleasant fantasy, worthy of song and legend, but devoid of the means to stand up against state power.
Wednesday, July 31 2002
When Zevon drops the wise guy shtick, he often achieves the same enigmatic sweetness that seeped into Leonard Cohen’s music about 20 years ago.
This is absolutely criminal. Courtesy of the NME, we’ve been assaulted with information about two Swedish bands. The Hives have enjoyed a wild ride
Was it the success of Zero 7? Maybe it’s the increasing impact of Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide radio show or the après-club marketability of
In this gigahertz world of ABS, DVD, CIA, GNP, RBI, CDR, BIA, ISP, RAM, and PLO, it’s a beautiful thing to be reminded of
Doug Fieger. Berton Averre. Prescott Niles. Bruce Gary. The four original members of the Knack were certainly one of the goofiest looking bunches in rock’
You know Chris Butler better than you think you do. The ‘80s neophytes can forever cherish his songwriting in The Waitresses, whose “I Know What