Wednesday, October 30 2002
The cycles of reverent nostalgia keep getting smaller and smaller. In the ‘50s, post-war America dealt with its restlessness by projecting back a century to
Beck The Flaming Lips The word “hip” is defined as “being aware or informed about current goings on.” In the world of popular music, the “
It's a lucid look at the fears that plague academics everywhere...Will I lose tenure to an intelligent toaster oven?"
Pogrebin shows a flair for characterization that many seasoned novelists can't match.
Riding the metro is...a journey taken in accompanied solitude, a voyage through space and through a kind of geographically mapped collective unconscious.
. . . offers you escape, and more than that, you'll learn something new, which your Mama always told you to do every day . . .
Tuesday, October 29 2002
The idea behind Telarc’s Beatles tribute The Blues White Album was a pretty good one. After all, The White Album was the most blues-tinged
“So there He was on a waterbed / Drinking a cola of a mystery brand / Reading an airport novelette / Listening to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Requiem /
That the group’s more offbeat tracks sound rather dated today is testament to their “art rock” credentials. A song like “Life Is a Minestrone”
For guys who grew up on a steady diet of DC punk, the Pixies and music rougher than the type of stuff you might find
Although from Milwaukee, it would appear that Mark Mallman has more Minneapolis blood in his veins than that of his Wisconsin hometown. Originally the lead
One of the biggest beefs that both critics and the public seemed to have in the late 1970s was about the “processed” or “artificial” sounds
“Come and take a trip in my rocketship,” goes a vocal sample used as a sort-of hook on one track on Talon Slalom, a solo
Monday, October 28 2002
“You know, it’s not bad, but couldn’t he get someone else to sing?I like the horns a lot, but it’s kind
Objectivity is a difficult task, made even more so when fondness for an artist might cloud one’s perspective. Still, I am compelled to gush
This is inspired dementia from start to finish. Some would be tempted to call it a concept album, but, honestly, there’s too much going on for there to be a coherent concept.
In the recent best-selling, tell-all Mötley Crüe biography The Dirt, vocalist Vince Neil said of his former bandmate Tommy Lee: “Whatever is in,
At first glance, it’s hard to take the title of this two-disc compilation, The Ultimate Kansas, very seriously. Particularly when it’s a matter
October 1997, Vic Theatre, Chicago. I’m in the balcony with my two best friends and wife-to-be, watching Ben Folds Five positively tear the place down. “
One thing you can say about John Darnielle is that he’s done things his own way. Aside from his work as one half of