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Thursday, October 31 2002

Bowling for Columbine (2002)

Why are people scared? This question lies at the heart of Michael Moore's filmic essay on gun violence in the United States.

Wednesday, October 30 2002

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

America’s two most-slobbered-over-by-the-British-music-press rock locales met once again last Thursday when New York garage rockers the Yeahs Yeah Yeahs made their first appearance in

2 Many DJs (aka Soulwax)

DJ team 2 Many DJs are also known as a band called Soulwax, headed by two Belgian brothers who were known in their native Europe as

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

The Marquee Club recently re-opened in its new north London surroundings with an opening night full of the usual tabloid celebs. Lucky for us, then,

Jerry Cantrell

The cycles of reverent nostalgia keep getting smaller and smaller. In the ‘50s, post-war America dealt with its restlessness by projecting back a century to

Beck + The Flaming Lips

Beck The Flaming Lips The word “hip” is defined as “being aware or informed about current goings on.” In the world of popular music, the “

The Uncanny: Experiments in Cyborg Culture by Bruce Grenville, Editor

It's a lucid look at the fears that plague academics everywhere...Will I lose tenure to an intelligent toaster oven?"

Three Daughters by Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Pogrebin shows a flair for characterization that many seasoned novelists can't match.

In the Metro by Marc Augé

Riding the metro is...a journey taken in accompanied solitude, a voyage through space and through a kind of geographically mapped collective unconscious.

Amazonia by James Rollins

. . . offers you escape, and more than that, you'll learn something new, which your Mama always told you to do every day . . .

Tuesday, October 29 2002

Various Artists: The Blues White Album

The idea behind Telarc’s Beatles tribute The Blues White Album was a pretty good one. After all, The White Album was the most blues-tinged

Various Artists: Andrew Lloyd Webber: Gold - The Definitive Hits Collection

“So there He was on a waterbed / Drinking a cola of a mystery brand / Reading an airport novelette / Listening to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Requiem /

10cc: The Best of 10cc (20th Century Masters)

That the group’s more offbeat tracks sound rather dated today is testament to their “art rock” credentials. A song like “Life Is a Minestrone”

Thievery Corporation: The Richest Man in Babylon

For guys who grew up on a steady diet of DC punk, the Pixies and music rougher than the type of stuff you might find

Mark Mallman: The Red Bedroom

Although from Milwaukee, it would appear that Mark Mallman has more Minneapolis blood in his veins than that of his Wisconsin hometown. Originally the lead

Metro Area: self-titled

One of the biggest beefs that both critics and the public seemed to have in the late 1970s was about the “processed” or “artificial” sounds

Blevin Blectum: Talon Slalom

“Come and take a trip in my rocketship,” goes a vocal sample used as a sort-of hook on one track on Talon Slalom, a solo

Monday, October 28 2002

Plush: Fed

“You know, it’s not bad, but couldn’t he get someone else to sing?I like the horns a lot, but it’s kind

Andrea Perry: Two

Objectivity is a difficult task, made even more so when fondness for an artist might cloud one’s perspective. Still, I am compelled to gush

Mansun: Six

This is inspired dementia from start to finish. Some would be tempted to call it a concept album, but, honestly, there’s too much going on for there to be a coherent concept.

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