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Friday, August 9 2002

Punchline (1988)

Explores a dark side of stand-up comedy, but relies on stereotypes rather than shedding new light on the subject.


The Good Girl (2002)

Into Justine's black hole of a routine walks Holden glowering, self-consciously poetic, urgent.


Contract Killer (Sat sau ji wong) (1998)

A diluted reissue of Tung Wai's Hitman.


Blood Work (2002)

PULL.


Thursday, August 8 2002

The The: Infected / Mind Bomb

I love the current trend of record labels re-mixing, re-packaging, and re-releasing my favorite albums from middle and high school in order to win my


Ralph Stanley: self-titled

At night strange light will appear in marshes that flitters and dances for a few moments before it disappears. Known as will o’ the wisps,


Bruce Springsteen: The Rising

If you’re looking for classic Springsteen, look no farther than “Further On (Up the Road)”, a rocker about companionship fueled by three guitars, a


Future Sound of London: The Isness

Brian Dougans and Garry “Gaz” Cobain came together in the early 1990s to form an out-there techno duo called the Future Sound of London. Their


Earth, Wind and Fire: The Essential Earth, Wind and Fire

Note: Tracks in bold are compiled on The Essential Earth, Wind, and Fire More than any group during the 1970s, Earth, Wind, and Fire negotiated


DJ Shadow: The Private Press

Talk about spreading yourself thin. First, you release a landmark track, “In/Flux”, that more or less inspires countless beat junkies and critics to claim


Wednesday, August 7 2002

Various Artists: The Best of Lounge Music

I know lounge now includes chill-out, trip-hop and even deep house within its very marketable remit, but I hadn’t realised it had swallowed up


Wonderlick: self-titled

In this reviewer’s perfect world, everyone would own and absolutely love at least one Too Much Joy album. It wouldn’t even have to


They Might Be Giants: NO!

Hang on, hang on tight. The new release from eclectic alternative geek-rockers They Might Be Giants is an interactive multimedia experience geared toward children of


Rush: Vapor Trails

“Knowing that our music is nothing if not idiosyncratic, and doesn’t really cater to popular ‘taste,’ we . . . envisioned advertising slogans along the lines of, ‘


The Prodigy: Baby’s Got a Temper

The Prodigy deserves a lot of credit for lending electronica a human face and rock star attitude. Unlike many other electronic acts (for e.g.,


Jelly Roll Morton: Jazz King of New Orleans

Jelly Roll Morton’s reputation as jazz music’s first real composer and arranger rests on a small number of sides he recorded in Chicago


Bill Frisell: Selected Recordings: Rarum V

Just in case his quiet demeanor and general “nice guy-ness” don’t get the message across about guitarist Bill Frisell, how about this: On his


The Atlanta Review

Dan Veach, review by Gideon Kennedy -- Otherwise, unlike many literary magazines in which readers are more likely to flip through stopping at titles of interest, Atlanta Review print edition can be read comfortably from cover to cover. Because whatever land it happens to be selling, it knows the value of its real estate.


The Vines

S E T    L I S T OuttathawayAutumn ShadeHighly EvolvedCountry YardGet FreeMs. JacksonIn the JungleMary JaneSunshinin1969 They’re the next “big thing”, they’


Sparta

As a late-arriving passenger on the their bandwagon, I was disappointed to learn that At the Drive In had broken up before I had the


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