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Wednesday, January 15 2003

The Undercut Reader: Critical Writings on Artists’ Film and Video by Edited by Nina Damino and Micha

the world unfolding inside it is always interesting and sometimes fascinating.

Sandy Koufax:  A Lefty’s Legacy by Jane Leavy

The glory and thrill of this pivotal game against the backdrop of a troubled country.

Prince of Lost Places by Kathy Hepinstall

Hepinstall's writing comes inflated by high praise.

Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper—Case Closed by Patricia Cornwell

Patricia Cornwell has gone ... silently and irretrievably mad"

Advertising Annual 2002 and New Talent Design Annual 2002 by B. Martin Pedersen, Editor

From an intellectual property standpoint, creativity is seen more and more as a force of constant innovation.

G-Strings and Sympathy: Strip Club Regulars and Male Desire by Katherine Frank

Precious little has been said about the individuals who drive this industry: the customers.

The Eagle’s Shadow: Why America Fascinates and Infuriates the World by Mark Hertsgaard

He's missing a hell of a lot because the water is rushing around him faster than he can drink.

Tuesday, January 14 2003

Lemon Jelly: Lost Horizons

Usually when I hear a great album, I can’t wait to sit down and write about it. When you write music reviews, it’s

Kathy Kosins: Mood Swings

Kathy Kosins is yet another contemporary jazz singer who writes her own material. Between Kosins, Carol Duboc, Shirley Eckhart, Cassandra Wilson, and Patricia Barber, it

Hoggboy: Or 8?

Whatever you do with this album, be sure not to look at the liner notes and photos before listening. Simply viewing these photos of four

Anne Heaton: Black Notebook

Having toured with Max Roach and been a piano player for various jazz and Latin bands in New York City, it seems a bit odd

Flying Burrito Brothers: Sin City: The Very Best of the Flying Burrito Brothers

The Flying Burrito Brothers appeared on their first LP dressed in gaudy suits and standing in front of a shed. While this photo gives the

Echo Is Your Love: 8 Hours

Try as you might, it would be next to impossible to find a sound anywhere near as bizarre and disjointed as that of Finnish band,

Cabruêra: self-titled

Wanna know more about new Brazilian music than most Brazilians? Check out this debut record by the coolest underground group in that crazy wonderful country.

David Cross: Shut Up You Fucking Baby!

David Cross is an engaging intelligent comedic force that aims for the jugular at a time when others don’t. As a society, we have

The Bygones: Circles

So where is the new home of country music? Nashville? Well, traditionally it has been, but it is more or less the pop crossover capital

Aswad: New Chapter / Not Satisfied

Generally speaking, the rules governing pop music authenticity are strict. Arbitrarily conceived terminology like “real rock and roll”, hip-hop’s mantra “keepin’ it real”, and

The Apex Theory: Topsy Turvy

At last, following what seems like a million sound alike nu-metal bands, a major label has the balls to push one unlike hardly any band

Monday, January 13 2003

Various Artists: Ragazza Pop

Ragazza defines their label’s mission as promoting the “extraordinary female sensibility in contemporary, past and future pop music”. Thankfully, they’re much more selective

The Wannadies: Before and After

It’s an idea tailor-made for a pop band that hails from a country that spends part of the year bathed in near-perpetual daylight and

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