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Wednesday, December 11 2002

Stars of the Lid: Avec Laudenum

So if you’re in the market for a feather’s drop into wombed-out bliss, this is perfect winter soundtrack for your drifting disembodiment.


Quarashi: Jinx

The crew have been around for quite some time in their native country, having already released two well-received underground full-length albums, and Jinx is a


Grant-Lee Phillips: Ladies’ Love Oracle

Michael Stipe loved and feared Grant Lee Buffalo, the folk-rock outfit led by Grant-Lee Phillips, when he first heard Fuzzy, their 1993 debut. Phillips was armed


The Pretenders: Loose Screw

After releasing a relatively return-to-form album with 1999’s Viva El Amor, the Pretenders and lead singer Chrissie Hynde spent some time doing headlining tours but


The Little Grasscals: The Little Grasscals: Nashville’s Superpickers

When I first became interested in bluegrass, I asked a guitar picking champion friend to give me the name of a good introductory album to


Sylvain Luc: Trio Sud

Now, I love jazz guitar but I can’t say it’s an area that I go to expecting too many surprises. I simply never


The Blood Brothers: March on Electric Children

To say the Blood Brothers play hardcore music is like proclaiming that ‘N Sync are a band—the declarations are indeed true, but they both


Teleparody:  Predicting/Preventing the TV Discourse of Tomorrow Edited by Angela Hague and David Lav

The collection of faux scholarly reviews at times even references itself.


Ready, Steady, Go! The Smashing Rise And Giddy Fall of Swinging London by Shawn Levy

The most successful amongst them possessed 'Face'.


Our Lady of the Lost and Found: A Novel of Mary, Faith, and Friendship by Diane Schoemperlen

The Mary of Schoemperlen's imagination is a considerate houseguest, a witty conversationalist, an avid reader, a breaker of diet resolutions, a shrewd shopper, and a congenial companion.


Nader: Crusader, Spoiler, Icon by Justin Martin

By the time Clinton arrived, Nader was a has-been.


No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World’s First Supermodel by Janice Dickinson

Sometimes life is less interesting than fiction, even that of a star-screwing supermodel.


A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album by Ashley Kahn

A Love Supreme was recorded the same way it was composed, and was composed the same way it was conceived: quickly, in the moment's inspiration.


Lighter than Air—Moral Poems by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, translated by David Constantine

Things that seem 'lighter than air' can carry secretly within them vast potential weights of human suffering and catastrophe.


Garbo by Barry Paris

... it's terribly difficult to fully realize and comprehend the awe that was Garbo.


Flame Tree - Selected Poems by Kevin Hart

Hart is a poet of consistent themes, whose work becomes (in this arrangement) structured around a systematic and co-ordinated series of repetitions.


The Crush by Sandra Brown

With more than sixty books to her credit, the eagerly anticipated thriller, The Crush is a welcome addition to the Brown canon of classics.


Tuesday, December 10 2002

Two Women (1998)

Tahmineh Milani charts the tragedy of stunted aspiration and the social subjugation faced by female participants.


Sunshine State (2002)

If there's anyone you'd want to have talking you through his movie, it would be John Sayles.


The Rocking Horse Winner (1950)

The fascination of British filmmakers with the visually dynamic even occurs in films that seem concerned with quotidian subject matter.


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