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Monday, August 19 2002

Neko Case: Blacklisted

Still, if given just a token listen and treated like nothing more than background music, the true depth of Blacklisted is missed. The one aspect of the record that marks a stylistic quantum leap from Furnace Room Lullaby is the quality of Case’s lyrics.

Stephen Ashbrook: American B Sides

Take a listen to the first track, “Rock ‘n’ Roll” here on Stephen Ashbrook’s album American B Sides. It pretty much tells the whole

Acid House Kings: Mondays Are Like Tuesdays and Tuesdays Are Like Wednesdays

Sometimes, you just can’t go home. Or perhaps, to put it more accurately, you shouldn’t go home. Johan Angergard formed the supremely mismonikered

    Liars: They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top

These days, there’s been a lot of talk about the resurrection of punk/post-punk by New York City bands. Generally, the narrative goes a

Maggie and the Ferocious Beast: Adventures in Nowhere Land

Maggie is more intent on teaching life lessons than providing visual candy or sheer entertainment; this is granola, not Lucky Charms.


The series repackages recorded crises and dramas into four one-hour episodes, compressing daily life and death into a glossy, strangely unreal product.


For the conflicted soap fan longing for a simulacrum of realism, EastEnders is an addictive slice of heaven.

The Anna Nicole Show

The Anna Nicole Show asks us to laugh at, not with, its pitiable subject.

Thursday, August 15 2002

Darius Rucker: Back to Then

“Dedication: to my wife and kids . . . and to Christopher Wallace (The Notorious B.I.G.) for bringing me back.”—Darius Rucker According to Darius Rucker,

Playgroup: DJ Kicks

Trevor Jackson has been buzzing the periphery of funky music since the late ‘80s, when he kick-started his feckless career by designing record sleeves for

Orbital: Work 1989-2002

Phil and Paul Hartnoll pieced together their classic electronic single “Chime” on their father’s broken tape recorder back in 1989. The conventional wisdom is that

Juliana Hatfield: Gold Stars: The Juliana Hatfield Collection 1992-2002

Just to get this right out of the way from the start, one of my true “rock star” moments was when, for a few months,

Deerhoof: Reveille

Deerhoof are scary. What they have done on their latest release, Reveille, is reimagine the “Dies Irae” as populated by little furry things.

The Bigger Lovers: Honey in the Hive

A few months ago, I was all ready to foist “Power Pop Record of the Year” honors on a little band out of Portland, Oregon

Bobby Bare, Jr.: Young Criminals’ Starvation League

Bobby Bare, Jr.‘s new solo album, Young Criminals’ Starvation League, marks a bit of a departure from the Southern Rock sound of his band

Songs From the Second Floor (Sånger från andra våningen) (2002)

Songs From the Second Floor may be blasphemous in its relentless tweaking of Christianity, but it is never less than sincere about its search for divine intercession.

Read My Lips (Sur Mes Lèvres) (2001)

Carla and Paul form an odd couple, slouching towards romance while successfully defending (and defining) their common interests against powerful and dangerous people.

Possession (2002)

While the plot of Possession concerns yearning and fervor, its tone is provocatively detached.

The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002) - PopMatters Film Review )

What Robert Evans does, mostly, is him.

Happy Times (Xingfu Shiguang) (2000)

Explores the many costs of 'modern times'.

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