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Friday, May 24 2002

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

So in a post-September 11th world replete with conflicts from Afghanistan to continuous Palestinian-Israeli disputes, the lines between good and evil often seem blurry, and the cut-and-dry antics of galactic warriors instill a sense of hope, a realization of what morality should be. Who would've thought that the likes of Yoda, Obi Wan Kenobi and Chewbacca would serve as heroes for a celluloid generation whose sense of a world order would become crystal clear as a result of a few fictional characters?"

Thursday, May 23 2002

Various Artists: The Broken Machine: A Tribute to Nine Inch Nails

Vitamin Records is in the business of making tribute albums. The Vitamin catalogue features both the kooky (like the lounge music tributes Joyful Noise: The

Various Artists: If I Was Prince: The Tribute Album

As human beings, we know that there are certain unwritten rules in life. Jim Croce warned about the dangers of standing on Superman’s cape

Supremium: Tales

An on-going argument amongst power-pop fans has surrounded the issue of mixing and high fidelity. On one side, there are more classicist-minded listeners, who prefer

John Mayall: The Turning Point

Somewhere between the tumultuous decade that was the British music scene in the 1960s, several bands came out on the backs of lesser-known groups. While

Enon: High Society

In Enon, indie rock stops staring at its shoes and turns up the synths, the grooves, and the volume. The CD comes out of the

Antibalas: Talkatif

I wanted to love Antibalas’s first album, Liberation Afrobeat Vol. 1, a whole lot more than I actually did. It seemed like a great idea:

Airport 5: Life Starts Here

After witnessing a particularly uninspired performance by a usually-pretty-good local band (who shall remain nameless), my friend Curtis turned to me and said “sounded like

Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (2002)

Director Shohei Imamura might be Japanese cinema's answer to Tom Waits.

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron is about preserving rugged individualism and protecting the homeland.

Lagaan (2001)

The most remarkable aspect of Lagaan is its triumphant righting of historical wrongs.

Insomnia (2002)

The sun doesn't go down in Insomnia.

Enough (2002)

J-Lo rocks combat boots.

Alberto Giacometti (2001) - PopMatters Film Review )

They form a chilling glimpse into the indifference of the universe against which Giacometti worked.

Wednesday, May 22 2002

Vermont: Calling Albany

Calling Albany is a great sounding record; its warm and pleasant guitars, keyboards, pedal steel and percussion sit in an intimate but artfully produced sound

Télépopmusik: Genetic World

There are going to be a lot of people who fall head over heels for France’s latest electronic export, Télépopmusik. After all,

Ready for the World: The Best of Ready for the World (20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collect

When the phrase “hair band” is used, images of heavy metal groups of the ‘80s like Twisted Sister, Kiss or Poison immediately come to mind.

Nathaniel Merriweather: Lovage: Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By

Anything with Dan “The Automater” Nakamura’s name attached to it is going to have a certain comic eccentricity about it, as evidenced by Gorillaz,

Damian Marley: Halfway Tree

When you’re the offspring of a famous person, especially a musician, one is often found in a no-win situation. If you decide to follow

Ben Kweller: Sha Sha

It seems like Ben Kweller has grown up. He has already had a lifetime of music industry experience, from two well-received, self-released solo efforts to

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