Wednesday, May 29 2002
'Are we, as intellectuals, really all that qualified to lead society?' she remarks, then later states succinctly, 'The public is us.'"
Tuesday, May 28 2002
Since her beloved trio Helium went on extended hiatus years ago (never to return?), scene queen Mary Timony has remade herself as a solo songstress.
Arizona-based trio Seven Storey used to be called Seven Storey Mountain, and had two independently released records to their credit before North Carolina-based Deep Elm
Quick: Name the ingredient missing from most so-called metal bands of today. If you answered “metal itself”, then give yourself a prize. Yes, it would
A long time ago, I managed to obtain an umpteenth-generation copy of a live recording of an Ozzy Osbourne concert called Bats Head Soup. A
Few words in the realm of dance and electronic music are more fraught with peril than “artist album”. Many a gifted DJ/producer/remixer has
The cover art for Con Dolore’s This Sad Movie album is a photo series showing a boy wooing a sad-looking girl, trying to win
TThey say that when the Model T started to catch on, Henry Ford bragged that you could have it in any color . . . as long as
Friday, May 24 2002
Oprah Winfrey and her Ego live in a world of their own, her highly successful 'O' magazine further illustrates her epic distance from the reality of most Americans.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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:
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
Director Shohei Imamura might be Japanese cinema's answer to Tom Waits.
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron is about preserving rugged individualism and protecting the homeland.
The most remarkable aspect of Lagaan is its triumphant righting of historical wrongs.