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Thursday, January 31 2002

Slackers (2002)

Some movies just don't need to be made. And some movies work extra hard to educe comments just like that one, making the extra effort to gross you out, to annoy, alarm, or titillate you.

Birthday Girl (2002)

. . . a mildly enjoyable film, offering some giggles and even a few shocking revelations.

Monday, January 28 2002

The Charlatans UK + Starsailor

Starsailor S E T    L I S T StarsailorAlcoholicPoor Misguided FoolShe Just WeptFeverLullabyLove is HereTie Up My HandsGood Souls Charlatans + StarsailorIt’s All

Various Artists: Sounds from the Verve Hi-Fi Compiled by Thievery Corporation

The American Bossa craze started in 1962, prior to the arrival of the Beatles in the US and the eternal transformation of pop music that resulted.

Various Artists: Hit Me With Your 80’s Box

The 1980s have been compared to the Eisenhower years, with the ‘90s roughly equating to the incredible period of wealth building that followed the end

Jaguar Wright: Denials, Delusions, and Decisions

Yeah I’m black and I wear braids sometimes. I’m more neo-soul than Blu Cantrell or Faith Evans or Usher! Those motherfuckers sing R

The Sunshine Fix: Age of the Sun

I don’t want to get into a whole discussion about the brilliance of Olivia Tremor Control here, for two reasons: first, because you’re

Dawn Robinson: Dawn

The real question is why should this gifted singer care enough about envious haters to sing a song about them, and then make that song

Vikter Duplaix: DJ Kicks

It may not quite grab the headlines in the way it once did in the Gamble-Huff heydays, but there is no denying that Philadelphia is

Cracker: Forever

Cracker front man David Lowery says that Cracker seeks to be egalitarian in their approach to creating fresh, independent rock music, and that approach extends

Citizen Cope: self-titled

Most discriminating music fans (read: music snobs) can pinpoint almost instantly what it is about those artists they don’t like (read: that which sucks,

Thursday, January 24 2002

A Walk to Remember (2002)


Metropolis (2001) - PopMatters Film Review )

It's not so often that you see an anime as deliberately unsexy as Rintaro's 'Metropolis'.

The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

As John (Richard Gere) begins to question his own journalistic rigor and even his sanity, a number of inconsistencies in the stories of the mothman crop up.

The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

It's exceedingly good to see Luis Guzmán looking so vibrantly out of place in Kevin Reynolds' 'The Count of Monte Cristo'.

Monday, January 21 2002

Various Artists: Preachin’ the Blues: The Music of Mississippi Fred McDowell

“I don’t play no rock ‘n’ roll” —Mississippi Fred McDowell It was Son House who recorded the scandalous “Preachin’ Blues” in the ‘40s and

Willard Grant Conspiracy & Telefunk: In the Fishtank (Fish Eight)

This album is best explained by first returning to the general idea itself. This Dutch label has created a series of short length discs that

Matthew Shipp: Nu Bop

Matthew Shipp’s latest contribution to his label’s Blue Series, which he curates with a golden touch, is a merging of electronics and jazz

Sianspheric: The Sound of the Color of the Sun

Even with the volume turned up, Sianspheric is quiet. Wrapped in hushed emotions, The Sound of the Color of the Sun whispers and murmurs lightly

Seaworthy: The Ride

Murmuring unintelligible secrets, Seaworthy’s The Ride just shimmers along without a true destination. Always subtle, always intangible, these thinly arranged songs dance around as

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