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Thursday, December 13 2001

Kandahar (2001)

There is also no end, at least as a Western viewer might imagine it, to the desert culture represented here, the traditions and meanings of Afghanistan, before, during, and perhaps after, the Taliban.


Wednesday, December 12 2001

Blonde Redhead

Demon pop. All I could think watching Blonde Redhead’s two hour set at New York’s Irving Plaza was that this band must surely


Monday, December 10 2001

No Doubt: Rock Steady

Gwen Stefani is the perfect girl. At once eternally self-confident and vulnerable, playful and tough, Stefani brings all the confusing (and often paradoxical) characteristics of


Every Single Saturday: Building

I’m not sure how Every Single Saturday classify themselves, whether they prefer to be called a power-pop band, or an alternative rock band, or


Johnny Cash: America: A 200 Year Salute in Story and Song

Johnny Cash created something new, a visceral, holy, and violent brand of folk music that passed itself off as 'country' when country was busy schlocking things up in Nashville, while folk was the province of hippie bubbleheads.


Sunday, December 9 2001

Starsailor

Wait—did he drop the guitar on purpose? The song continued, but James Walsh quit playing in the midst of the action, visibly overwhelmed and


Saturday, December 8 2001

Nikka Costa

Nikka Costa is Jesse Helms’ worst nightmare come to rock your town. If Nikka Costa didn’t exist, Prince would have to invent her. Thirty-three


Thursday, December 6 2001

Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

The background surf, unbuttoned shirt, and look away from the camera -- all this demonstrates just how movie-starness is done. The plot, like I say, is beside the point.


Life and Debt (2001)

Makes the connections for you, refusing to let you off the hook.


Monday, December 3 2001

De La Soul: AOI: Bionix

With AOI: Bionix, the stakes are still high, except now De La are more concerned with safety and sustenance and their own mortality, or rather the things that mark the beginning of the transition into middle age.


Various Artists: Mondo Soca

Some of the old-time calypso masters are found on Mondo Soca, major talents like Andre Tanker, Kitchener, and Pretender, mixed with the newer soca stars


Dusty Springfield: Ultimate Collection

Oh, pop music! One minute, it pushes the envelope wide-wide open, then the next seals it up tight as can be! Such a force it


Charles Mingus: Tijuana Moods

2”>Omer AvitalThink with Your Heart(Fresh Sound)US release date: September 2001 2”>Rob GarciaPlace of Resonance(Consolidated Artists Productions)US release date: September 2001 by Maurice Bottomley


The Alarm: Greatest Hits Live

So let’s get this out of the way right now: The Alarm sound like U2. They write big, anthemic rock songs of social importance.


Ploughshares: The Literary Journal at Emerson College

While this is a noble endeavor and one that makes for a wonderful eclecticism from one issue to the next, it also means occasionally taking the bad eggs with the good.


North American Review: PopMatters Literary Journal Review

Since its inception, the 'North American Review' has been a journal with a reputation for strong 'literary' writing.


Friday, November 30 2001

John Hiatt and the Goners

“I‘m not thinking ahead / I’m just getting there / And if you want / You can help me steer”, states John Hiatt matter-of-factly during an


Thursday, November 29 2001

Goldfrapp: 30 Nov 2001 - Los Angeles

Most Americans haven't heard of them, but in Britain, the press has spent the past year gushing over Goldfrapp, and rightly so.


Coldplay / JJ72

Coldplay JJ72 The Empire Strikes Back 4.45 pm: Yours truly is speaking on BBC Radio 5 about the band Creed. That’s the focus of the show,


Tuesday, November 27 2001

Various Artists: Parasol’s Sweet Sixteen Volume 4

In the world of dining and drinking there are usually two types of “sampler” platter. The first is an eclectic mix of the menu’s


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