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Thursday, October 3 2002

C.O.C.O.: The C.O.C.O. Sound

How much more minimalism is possible before a band dissolves into nothing? C.O.C.O is frighteningly empty of personnel (Chris Sutton—who’s


The Byrds: The Byrds Play Dylan

When Dylan sang “The Times They Are A-Changin’” in 1963, he sang it with the voice of a prophet; when the Byrds sang the same song


Vanya on 42nd Street (1994)

Elastic yet precise, Malle's film has the vitality and vividness of a Renoir -- it breathes.


Son of the Bride (Hijo de la Novia) (2001)

It affirms the institution of marriage -- and of a loving marriage.


The Scorpion King (2002)

The Rock, director Russell says, has a 'deep commitment' to acting, bringing as much passion to the role as he does to his athletic endeavors -- good to know.


Spirited Away (2001/2002)

America is better off with Miyazaki playing in the malls and the multiplexes than Monsters, Inc.


Red Dragon (2002)

What is most politically problematic about Red Dragon is how it furthers the relationship between physical disability and psychopathology.


Moonlight Mile (2002)

Fits a little too neatly with the recent popularity of media considering grief and death rituals.


KISS Exposed (1987)

When you work all day / You gotta Uh! All Night / Uh! -- Uh! -- Uh! -- Uh! -- Uh! -- Whooo!.


Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)

Christophe Gans' Brotherhood of the Wolf is the sort of visual marvel that DVDs were made for.


Wednesday, October 2 2002

James Yorkston and the Athletes: Moving Up Country

For James Yorkston, it seems that he can do no wrong when it comes to being at the right place at the right time. When


Stevie Wonder: Where I’m Coming From

Personal, ambitious, sprawling, underrated: Where I’m Coming From still has its pleasures.


The Squish: Still So Sweet

“Rock for the Geeks” is how The Squish are presented on their website. Snowglobe Records proclaims that Still So Sweet is the “hotly anticipated release


Papa Roach: lovehatetragedy

My favorite song on Papa Roach’s new album, lovehatetragedy is “Walking Thru Barbed Wire”, about the death of singer, Jacoby Shaddix’s dog. Terrifying


Delbert McClinton: Room to Breathe

In the age of excess, of “biggie size it” and gas guzzling SUVs, of self-centered cell phone users endangering our lives at every other turn,


India.Arie: Voyage to India

Do you have that certain friend you call on when life seems out of control? You know, that person you call when you feel stuck


J.J. Cale: The Best of J.J. Cale (20th Century Masters: The Millenium Collection)

If there’s any justice in the world, or if J.J. Cale at least signed a decent contract, he’s able to relax on


Eric Bachmann: Short Careers: Original Score for the Film “Ball of Wax”

Eric Bachmann’s Short Careers poses this question: is it possible to release a brilliant, challenging, sweeping album that no one cares about? In some


Spoon

Once upon a time, Spoon were poised to be that Next Big Thing. First, it was when their first release Telephono jet screamed out of


The Phenoms + Thee Shams + Peelers

Thee Shams The Phenoms Peelers A triple bill at an unusual venue proved the spirit of the small, DIY rock show isn’t dead in


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