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Thursday, January 9 2003

Talk to Her (2002)

Its frank observations of love in excess of gender (or even sex) and its postmodern, eclectic style are distinctly reflective of our own present.

Trapped (2002)

Scary as this sounds -- Courtney Love channeling Claire Standish or Andie Walsh -- it might explain a few things about what was going on in Trapped.

Narc (2002)

Both Henry and Nick are addicted, in different ways, to the job, the adrenalin it churns up.

Love Liza (2002)

Love Liza wallows in grief and asks its audience to do likewise.

Just Married (2003)

Some movies don't need to be made.

The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) - PopMatters Film Review )

Lotte Reiniger used film to... investigate the connections between past and present traditions.

Wednesday, January 8 2003

UB40: UB40 Present the Fathers of Reggae

It’s been nearly two decades since British reggae group UB40 had a hit with “Red Red Wine”. Since that highpoint, the group has faded

Tandy: The Lowdown: 1997-2002

There has been a great band under our noses the whole time, and their name is Tandy. Headed by American singer-songwriter Mike Ferrio

Saint Etienne: Finisterre

Poor Saint Etienne. Back when they first appeared in the early ‘90s, they seemed like the next Pet Shop Boys, a couple of British music

The Roots: Phrenology

On 1995’s Do You Want More?, the first widely available album by the Roots, there was a track called “Essaywhuman?!!??!” that was essentially an excuse

Darryl Purpose: A Crooked Line

When one thinks of a male folk singer from anywhere but Texas, the image of a squirrelly guy in long hair and wire-rim glasses is

The Mishaps: Get Away Volume

Is punk dead? You know, I’m just not sure. I’m certainly pushed towards a big fat yes when I look around at what

Ladytron: Light & Magic

Two cuts into Ladytron’s sophomore effort Light & Magic, they drop “Seventeen”, a delicious slice of early ‘80s electro-sleeze with all the right elements—

Hayden: Live at Convocation Hall

Double live albums are dodgy enterprises any way you cut it. While they can sometimes be interesting for the diehard fan of an artist, for

The Flaming Sideburns: The Flaming Sideburns Save Rock ‘N’ Roll

This late into 2002, you’d think the ever-growing number of Scandinavian rock bands that have been heavily hyped Stateside has reached its saturation point. However,

Jane Bunnett: Cuban Odyssey

Jane Bunnett is undoubtedly one of North America’s most talented and authentic interpreters of Cuban music, having been involved with the country’s music


What Rob Williams and Co. expose in this deftly written series is that power lies as far from the common man as is possible; it rests in the hands of the wealthiest elite.

My Friend Dahmer (a.k.a. Young Jeffrey Dahmer)

At the tender age of 12 Derf befriended Jeffrey Dahmer. He witnessed firsthand the downward spiral that created the monster we all know Dahmer to be.

Glenn Tilbrook

Glenn Tilbrook practically skipped onto the tiny red-curtained Viper Room stage in Los Angeles, California. Dressed in a simple red and white T-shirt and jeans

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

S E T    L I S T The Last DJLove Is a Long RoadHave Love Will TravelFree Fallin’When a Kid Goes BadShadow

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