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Thursday, November 7 2002

David Friesen and Jeff Gardner: Grace

If there has been a more mellow, melodic and downright charming jazz release in 2002 than Grace, could someone please forward it to me directly? I

T-Model Ford: Bad Man

If you like your blues raw and a little bit ragged, Fat Possum is a label to explore. On this record in particular you won’


'Fiction' and 'reality' aren't so much opposites as they are of a piece.

Australians Unite

We discovered, in the most painful and tragic way, that we're not so safe, after all.

Real Women Have Curves (2002)

Mature and self-confident, Ana rejects traditional notions of a woman's worth.

Femme Fatale (2002)

Rebecca Romijn-Stamos' central function is looking great and so, confounding various men around her.

Far From Heaven (2002)

Just beneath this conservative façade lies a complicated and progressive commentary on the present that Todd Haynes leaves to the viewer to interpret.

8 Mile (2002)

Such fictionalizing ensures Eminem's lovability, across all categories.

Biggie and Tupac (2002)

Biggie and Tupac is best when it's not making assertions (most of which are not new and most of which are going to be tedious to anyone who's read anything about the cases in the past).

Wednesday, November 6 2002

The Smiths: The World Won’t Listen

It began, as decidedly few things in this world do, with a cassette single of Rick Astley’s 1987 hit, “Never Gonna Give You Up”. In ‘87,

The Replacements: Don’t Tell a Soul

“It’s too late to turn back, here we go” —The Replacements, “Talent Show” It was April of 1991. My ex-fiancé and I were wandering around


Three years ago at the inaugural Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, fans who gathered around the second stage each night got


Sexy Bastards Tindersticks came over from England to play three back-to-back shows here in NYC, their first and only U.S. appearances this year. These


Whenever the conversation shifts to a discussion of Low—which doesn’t happen that often, but anyway—my big-brotherly instincts always kick in. Most criticisms

Ledward Kaapana + Owana Salazar

Ledward Kaapana Owana Salazar It’s not everyday you get the chance to see a princess perform. That’s partly because of the lack of

Foo Fighters + Red Hot Chili Peppers

Foo Fighters Red Hot Chili Peppers There are few concerts where the “show” around you is almost as interesting and entertaining as the show onstage.


I didn’t catch much television this summer, but I caught about ten minutes on two separate occasions of Fox’s Gong Show-esque 30 Seconds to

Ryan Adams + Tegan and Sara

Ryan Adams Tegan and Sara Ryan Adams has been loud and grumpy in recent days, so on this last night of his solo acoustic tour

She Bop II: The Definitive History of Women in Rock, Pop and Soul by Lucy O’Brien

A well-written and researched account of the actual going-ons.

Rinzen Presents RMX EXTENDED PLAY Concept + Project Coordination by Rinzen Edited by Rilla Alexande

Based on themes ranging from the relevant to the ridiculous.

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