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Thursday, October 10 2002

The Blasters: Trouble Bound

It starts with the audience, the way it always did with the Blasters; they can still be caught live every once in a while, with

Black Heart Procession: Amore Del Tropico

Fans of the Black Heart Procession’s usually downtempo, understated explorations of heartache and loss might stumble over Amore Del Tropico‘s first song, “Tropics

The Meaning of Life? Ask the Mole-Rat in ‘Fast, Cheap & Out of Control’

Ask the mole rat about the egomaniacal pursuit of what some in the military call 'command and control'.

The Nose: A Profile of Sex, Beauty, and Survival by Gabrielle Glaser

Just as we have overworked our ears to the point that we are nearly deaf and subjected our eyes to all sorts of visual clutter, we have overworked our noses to the point that our noses hardly know what to tell us.

Mr. Strangelove: A Biography of Peter Sellers by Ed Sikov

Sikov's book may be the most painful celebrity bio I've read since Albert Goldman's 'Elvis' (the similarities between the two men's lives are startling)...

The sting of the word was undercut, however, by the humorous voices Rushdie used to emulate his characters, obliging the audience to consider the dialogue and the many ways that the word can act as a political fulcrum in American society.

White Oleander (2002)

Seems stuck in first gear, grinding through a series of very "safe" clichés.

Tuck Everlasting (2002)

While the book is laced with a youthful sense of wonder concerning life and death, the film is a troubled teenage love story.

The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002)

Weaving together a vivid assemblage of stock footage, archival documents and talking-head spots, the movie winnows the book down to three of its more damning studies.

The Transporter (2002)

Speedy, colorful, and clever, The Transporter establishes Jason Statham as yet another next-generational, hybrid action hero.

Swept Away (2002)

What Swept Away calls love, I would call the usual terror and degradation that keeps battered women in dangerous relationships.

The Rules of Attraction (2002)

Attraction is not comprised of rules, only missed opportunities.

In Praise of Love (2001)

In its preoccupations with history, In Praise of Love suggests if one has no history, one has no basis for thinking about or defining oneself.

Enough (2002)

J-Lo rocks combat boots.

Brown Sugar (2002)

Brown Sugar can blur lines between mainstream and margin, mix up the spirits, just as hip-hop -- so-called real hip-hop but also, in its way, brashly commercial hip-hop -- has always done.

Wednesday, October 9 2002

Robert Randolph & The Family Band

DONNIE LISTENING PARTY 30 September 2002: NoHo — New York City BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA 3 October 2002: Bowery Ballroom — New York City by Kandia Crazy Horse Robert Randolph Blind

Aimee Mann

The house lights flashed three or four times in the lobby, so the crowd would go to their seats and get silent. A few moments

Buddy Guy + Shemekia Copeland

Buddy Guy Shemekia Copeland When the black and blue lights of the crystal chandeliers dimmed at San Francisco’s Fillmore Theater, the clean cut crowd

Austin City Limits Music Festival featuring Patty Griffin, G-Love and the Special Sauce, Emmylou Har

Emmylou HarrisPhoto credit: Jennifer Bendery G-Love and the Special SaucePhoto credit: Jennifer Bendery Patty GriffinPhoto credit: Jennifer Bendery You would think the city known as

Tuesday, October 8 2002

Saloon: (This Is) What We Call Progress

Of the many pleasures of pop music, this quintet out of Reading, England emphasizes, above all others, the soothing lull of repetition, repetition, repetition. It’

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