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Tuesday, April 16 2002

Dan the Automator: Wanna Buy a Monkey?

Seeing the spine of a CD with Dan the Automator’s name on it is somewhat akin to finding a copy of Hamlet credited to

Bob Brozman & René Lacaille: Digdig

Without a doubt, Digdig is a record of nearly irresistible charms, and the good feeling contained in the music is more than infectious, it’s

Alkaline Trio / Hot Water Music: self-titled

It all depends on how you’re going to like this split EP by Chicago favorites Alkaline Trio and Gainesville, Florida’s Hot Water Music.

Gary Allan: Alright Guy

Gary Allan has built his career by being a commercially successful yet left-of-centre country artist, and as the genre recovers from an unpleasant onslaught of

Thursday, April 11 2002

Various Artists: Punch Drunk III

Shortly after the September attacks on the World Trade Center, an incident occurred within the punk underground community that illustrates an unsettling hesitancy among purveyors

Various Artists: A Tribute to Robert Altman’s Nashville

“Let me point out two things. Number One: All of us are deeply involved with politics whether we know it or not and whether we

Hobart Smith: Blue Ridge Legacy

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The Reivers: Saturday / End of the Day

Ahead of their time, or out of their time? The Reivers was cut from the same indie cloth as R.E.M., only they were

Gorillaz: G-Sides

The concept of cartoon bands has always fascinated me. You can’t ask for a better marriage between visual and audio than sharp animation and

Dimitri from Paris: After the Playboy Mansion

It’s not that cool to be cool anymore. Back when Dimitri from Paris put out A Night at the Playboy Mansion in 2000—or “Y

Brendan Benson: Lapalco

The good news is that Brendan Benson is back. Six years later, this singer/songwriter returns with a winning sophomore collection of a dozen personal

Spy Game (2001)

The film's assumptions about the Agency, are, in a word, Before September 11, before top secret government agencies (CIA, FBI, etc.) were revealed as not doing what they've been pretending to be doing all this time.

The Sweetest Thing (2002)

The Sweetest Thing targets moviegoers who seek out the familiar and formulaic.

Pauline and Paulette (2002)

It's not every day that you see an older adult with mental disabilities as the star in an internationally distributed film.

Promises (2002)

When the children speak for themselves, 'Promises' is very powerful.

National Lampoon’s Van Wilder (2002)

National Lampoon's Van Wilder [is] the latest version of Maxim, the Movie.

Grey Gardens / Salesman - PopMatters Film Review )

What makes the Maysles' work special lies in how they manage, by focusing so intently on their subjects, to elicit a body of information that the audience is compelled to examine for its possible meaning.

Frailty (2002)

Moody, perverse, and full to busting with metaphorical cautions.

Changing Lanes (2002)


Wednesday, April 10 2002

ShelleyDevoto: Buzzkunst

It’s very fitting that the reunited duo of Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto have released their new album, Buzzkunst, under the name ShelleyDevoto. After

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