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Tuesday, June 4 2002

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

This was a tragic ending to one of prime-time television's most engaging love stories. More disturbing, as well as more socially and politically troublesome, however, is that Tara's death completes what has become a rather homophobic and pathological representation of lesbian desires and relationships over the course of the past season.


Monday, June 3 2002

The Walkmen: Let’s Live Together

The Walkmen are cool. According to a certain big corporate American music magazine, anyway. After all, the Strokes are out conquering the world, and the


Del Amitri: Can You Do Me Good?

There’s always something slightly predictable about a new Del Amitri album: you just know it will be packed with yet more examples of wonderfully


The Breeders: Title TK

Note: This review is written in real-time, starting at 5:44 a.m. on 26 May 2002. This is in keeping with Kim Deal’s new “All Wave” recording


Tab Benoit: Wetlands

Wetlands is a bare bones approach to Louisiana music, reminiscent of the kind of music a person might hear if stumbling into a club in


Audio Explorations: ActionReaction

There comes a times in most people’s lives when they just don’t feel right with the world. Undoubtedly, the adolescent teenage years spark


Air: Everybody Hertz

The video on this enhanced extended-play CD comes from the street action surrounding Air’s performance in Los Angeles last summer. It’s okay footage—


Actionslacks: Never Never Shake, Baby

Actionslacks are a band that I’ve had some trouble with over the years. I first saw them about five years ago, up in Vancouver,


Sunday, June 2 2002

Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr.

They didn't need a presentation by the mayor to give them the keys to Las Vegas; they owned Vegas in all of its bohemian glory.


Friday, May 31 2002

Undercover Brother (2002)

Peppered with Chappellian hilarities (and the man can riff), it is more like Austin Powers than a hard-hitting satire, minus Mike Meyers' mania, plus Lee's deft direction and Griffin's own brand of energy.


Late Marriage (Hatouna Mehuheret) (2001)

A new comedy from Israel, could be funnier in a lot of ways, and more serious in others.


Profit and Nothing But! / A Grin Without a Cat / Diamonds and Rust - PopMatters Film Review )

At their best, documentaries can offer revelatory vistas of neglected worlds. These films offer singular perspectives -- they make journalism and artistic expression seem inextricable.


CQ (2001)

The subject of CQ is Paul, artist, coffee-drinker, American in Paris.


Thursday, May 30 2002

The Promise Ring: Wood/Water

Emo fans are fun to watch when they get mad. It’s like when guys like myself were metalheads years ago: you claim to be


Miguel Migs: Nude Tempo One

San Francisco’s Naked Music has released a lot of fantastic house music over the last few years, but for my money their all-time greatest


Corey Harris: Downhome Sophisticate

Do you ever get the feeling some kind of weird commandment went out recently to blues artists to really start pushing the creative envelope? I


Kenny Howes and the Yeah!: self-titled

No two ways about it, Kenny Howes writes and performs some excellent power pop. It only takes one listen to Kenny Howes and the Yeah!


Doves: The Last Broadcast

The Last Broadcast is far from a poor album. In fact, it has the elements of a great album, but it sounds like they got stuck halfway through or decided they had enough singles and cobbled the rest together hastily.


The Chieftains: The Chieftains 7 / The Chieftains 9: Boil the Breakfast Early

While U2 were turning Ireland’s beauty and strife into three-chord testaments, while the Pogues were busy being Ireland’s answer to the Replacements, and


Avant: Ecstasy

If this were a first effort I could see Ecstasy falling between two increasingly distant schools. Much of the album is too soft and silky


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