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Thursday, November 8 2001

Shallow Hal (2001)

What is unfortunate about 'Hal' is that while the Farrellys' previous offerings were, for all their sophomoric dick and fart humor, somewhat good-spirited, their new film is just plain old mean.

Heist (2001)

[David Mamet's] language, severe and spare, actually sounds quite human comin

Tuesday, November 6 2001

Elvis Costello

This was not a show for the half-hearted. Even the nosebleed seats in the Beacon Theater that night ran a hefty $35. For prime position, concertgoers

Monday, November 5 2001

The Green Pajamas: The Carolers’ Song

The Green Pajamas are in a unique class, effectively taking some of the more unused psychedelic pop flourishes and reclaiming them as their own.

Various Artists: Give the People What We Want: Songs of the Kinks

Tribute albums devoted to legendary, almost untouchable musicians generally go one of two routes: hyper-reverent or purposefully subversive. Groups either stick so faithfully to the

Various Artists: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Twisted Nerve But Were Afraid to Ask

Even though he won the UK’s prestigious Mercury Music Prize, Damon Gough, a.k.a Badly Drawn Boy, isn’t much for hubris. In

Britney Spears: Britney

Britney. Yeah, Britney. “All I need is time,” sings Britney Spears on Britney, her third album in as many years, and while three years really

    The Shazam: self-titled

So begins “Oh No!”, the second track on The Shazam’s self-titled debut album. And it speaks volumes about their brand of hard-rocking pop music.

Pink Floyd: Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd

Is there a middle ground when it comes to liking the music of Pink Floyd? Can one be a “casual” Floyd fan? Personal experience would

Joe Ongie: Lovefest

With the dwindling cost of recording, many musicians have socked themselves away in home recording studios, doggedly following their own muse to produce their own

The Last Hard Men: self-titled

The term “supergroup” is supposed to bring to mind some great assemblage of rock gods at their peak, but let’s face it: most of

Stan Getz: The Final Concert Recording

A candle burns brightest just before it goes out. That well-worn expression describes so much of the final dizzying flurry of work of many of

Future Pilot AKA: Tiny Waves, Mighty Sea

So sang Tjinder Singh on “Wog”, taking an old racial slur and turning it into a statement of cultural intent that neatly encapsulated Cornershop’s

Flare: Definitive

Although intended as a preview for Flare’s upcoming album, the three-song Definitive is more of a tease. Under the guidance of LD Beghtol, whose

Robbie Fulks: 13 Hillbilly Giants

The year is 2047. (Work with me.) Robbie Fulks has recently been checked into the Ryan Adams Memorial Retirement Home, which has been erected from its

Flickerstick: Welcoming Home the Astronauts

If reality TV is your preference, you’ll probably remember Dallas-based Flickerstick as the band that overcame three other groups, adversity and near elimination to

Rick Altizer: (All Tie Zur)

Much like, oh, maybe white bread, guitar-pop uses a time-tested formula: a band with guitars, bass, and drums, and songs with verse-chorus-verse song structures and

The Avalanches: Since I Left You

The Avalanches are, in a word, crazy. Especially when compared with the rest of their dance music brethren. A typical “DJ concert”, so to speak,

David Axelrod: self-titled

David Axelrod’s eponymous album could easily have been subtitled The Record That Almost Wasn’t. After making his name as a producer for West

ABBA: The Definitive Collection

Whoa, there! Another ABBA compilation, you say? Surely that’s all been done. And for anyone really that interested, why not simply buy their remastered

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