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Thursday, January 16 2003

Tinariwen: The Radio Tisdas Sessions

This debut album by Tinariwen, also known as the Tuareg Rebel Blues Band, can seem the antithesis of Western pop music, even that generated by the engines currently driving the world music markets.

Sixpence None the Richer: Divine Discontent

Sixpence None the Richer’s new album, Divine Discontent is 13 songs of pure pop genius. A big call, I know, but every song on the

The Silos: Cuba

Remember 1987? It doesn’t seem so long ago, not until people start celebrating the 15th anniversary of things that happened that year. Not until you

System of a Down: Steal This Album!

Released in 2001, System of a Down’s sophomore album Toxicity was an important one, bearing three vital characteristics that popular music was sorely lacking: it

King Kooba: Indian Summer

If hip-hop has taught the world anything, it’s that an old sound or sample can be either a thrill-ride or a dull copy. Whether

Joan of Arse: Distant Hearts, A Little Closer

Imagine putting several centuries of bloody history—dead kings, ruthless mutinies, prison riots, famine, cannibalism, rape—and encasing them in the fragile shell of a

Dave Holland Big Band: What Goes Around

This album marks a major event in the jazz world: bassist/composer Dave Holland decides to lead a big-band project for the first time. Okay,

Roddy Frame: Surf

These days, it’s relatively easy for performers to hide behind studio gimmickry—weak voices and guitars get double-tracked, with boosts of reverb and electronic

Edition Terranova: Hitchhiking Nonstop with No Particular Destination

Okay, will somebody please tell me what the fuck the name of this band is? The album cover says Terranova, but the press release says

The Coral: self-titled

It takes balls to begin an album as pompously as The Coral begin their eponymous debut. The opening bars of country wrangle swagger into a

Mister Sterling

Presiding over this commotion is the series' preternaturally cool hero, the highly principled and motorcycle-riding Bill Sterling (Josh Brolin).

Joe Millionaire

Joe Millionaire is intent on satisfying the backlash lust of women-hating men.


Abby's writers have an opportunity to develop more fully one character, and give a black woman a star turn.

The Son (Le Fils) (2003)

Unfailingly disciplined, the Dardennes resist glib payoffs and easy answers.

National Security (2003)

Endeavors to complicate the standard black-white buddy dynamic.

Kangaroo Jack (2003)

Most often cast as sidekicks, Anthony Anderson has shown repeatedly that he can perform rings around supposed stars.

The Hours (2002)

The women are also functions of a coherent narrative, made comprehensible as embodiments of historical patterns.

A Guy Thing (2003)

A movie of this sort depends on a relentless illogic.

El Crimen del Padre Amaro (2002)

In El Crimen del Padre Amaro, the Catholic Church and its representatives are not immune from earthly corruption and desire.

Wednesday, January 15 2003

When the Women Come Out to Dance by Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard manages to entertain us and make us think.

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