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Friday, November 29 2002

Friday After Next (2002)

'I look at myself and the movies I do as a brand,' Ice Cube tells 'Variety'.

Far From Heaven (2002)

For Haynes, much of this surface is simultaneously supple and precise, 'girly-swirly,' as he terms it.

The Emperor’s Club (2002)

Never acknowledges that the moral order in the United States has always been a fiction.

Die Another Day (2002)

Bond's issues have to do with self-identity.

Ararat (2002)

As usual in Egoyan's films, tangled familial relationships inspire chaos and meanness as much as understanding and benevolence.

Thursday, November 28 2002

Various Artists: Timeless: Savoy 60th Anniversary

Sixtieth anniversaries are auspicious, and no one can blame the Savoy Jazz label for celebrating its 60th year in style. A record label synonymous with

Anna Waronker: Anna by Anna Waronker

In the ‘90s, groups that dog. were the alternative pop to that decades’ “alternative” rock. They were the type of band that the more mainstream

Six By Seven: The Way I Feel Today

Sometimes an album will click with me at the strangest time and place. Take Six by Seven’s sophomore album, The Closer You Get. I’

Mclusky: Mclusky Do Dallas

In a world of UK exports that rely on Britrock dawdlers and flavor-of-the-week trends, rock is in need of an antidote—something to cure the

Good Charlotte: The Young & The Hopeless

LLooking at Good Charlotte’s second full-length release, The Young & The Hopeless, it’s obvious these guys want to be punk. Badly. It’s

The Fire Show: Saint the Fire Show

Weirdly, the most immediate musical comparison that came to my mind with the Fire Show was Shudder to Think. Maybe it’s the lead vocalist

Foo Fighters: One By One

The official take on this latest Foo Fighters release seems to be that Grohl and associates are back to their old school, hard-rockin’ selves after

Radney Foster: Another Way to Go

Coming out of Nashville’s Music Row songwriting tradition, Radney Foster first hit the spotlight as half of Foster and Lloyd. He and his partner

Dot Allison: We Are Science

After the disassembling of ‘90s electronic act One Dove—who only managed to release one LP in 1993, Morning Dove White—singer/songwriter Dot Allison appeared

Kevin Tihista’s Red Terror

I’ll be honest. I don’t know shit about pop music. Actually, I know as much as anyone who spent his/her formative years

The Soundtrack of Our Lives

S E T    L I S T Broken Imaginary TimeInfra RiotMind the GapStill AgingThe FloodTonightInstant Repeater ‘99NevermoreSister Surround21st Century Ripoff ENCOREVeinsGalaxyDow Jones


Perhaps I should have realized something when my flat was robbed a few years ago and the only CD left behind was Pink’s Can’

The Music

Sometimes it’s difficult to capture the power of performance through writing. There’s something inherently silly about using words to illustrate the way a

Jump, Little Children

There are so many things that I can’t believe about tonight. I can’t believe that, having passed the quarter century mark only a

Division of Laura Lee

Smack dab in the middle of what appears to be a Swedish invasion, Gothenburg’s Division of Laura Lee insist that no, they are not

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