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Thursday, April 11 2002

Hobart Smith: Blue Ridge Legacy

 Texas Gladden Ballad Legacy(Rounder)US release date: 3 July 2001UK release date: 6 August 2001 by Matt Cibula smithhobart-blue.jpg :. e-mail this article:. print this article:.

The Reivers: Saturday / End of the Day

Ahead of their time, or out of their time? The Reivers was cut from the same indie cloth as R.E.M., only they were

Gorillaz: G-Sides

The concept of cartoon bands has always fascinated me. You can’t ask for a better marriage between visual and audio than sharp animation and

Dimitri from Paris: After the Playboy Mansion

It’s not that cool to be cool anymore. Back when Dimitri from Paris put out A Night at the Playboy Mansion in 2000—or “Y

Brendan Benson: Lapalco

The good news is that Brendan Benson is back. Six years later, this singer/songwriter returns with a winning sophomore collection of a dozen personal

Spy Game (2001)

The film's assumptions about the Agency, are, in a word, Before September 11, before top secret government agencies (CIA, FBI, etc.) were revealed as not doing what they've been pretending to be doing all this time.

The Sweetest Thing (2002)

The Sweetest Thing targets moviegoers who seek out the familiar and formulaic.

Pauline and Paulette (2002)

It's not every day that you see an older adult with mental disabilities as the star in an internationally distributed film.

Promises (2002)

When the children speak for themselves, 'Promises' is very powerful.

National Lampoon’s Van Wilder (2002)

National Lampoon's Van Wilder [is] the latest version of Maxim, the Movie.

Grey Gardens / Salesman - PopMatters Film Review )

What makes the Maysles' work special lies in how they manage, by focusing so intently on their subjects, to elicit a body of information that the audience is compelled to examine for its possible meaning.

Frailty (2002)

Moody, perverse, and full to busting with metaphorical cautions.

Changing Lanes (2002)


Wednesday, April 10 2002

ShelleyDevoto: Buzzkunst

It’s very fitting that the reunited duo of Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto have released their new album, Buzzkunst, under the name ShelleyDevoto. After

Radio 4: Gotham!

Having grown jaded by what had become the definitive portrait of the indie/math rock aesthetic throughout the 1990s—a sulking, shiftless-when-idle mentality juxtaposed with

Genya Ravan: For Fans Only

Flash! To any and all who ever wished they had experienced the best of late ‘70s punk-rock-new wave, and especially if you have, you gotta

Pat Metheny Group: Speaking of Now

Speaking of Now disappoints. It disappoints because at first it seems so promising. On the first two tracks, “As It Is” and “Proof”, the Pat

Patti Labelle: Greatest Love Songs

Though everyone acknowledges the fact that Patti Labelle possesses one of the most powerful and expressive voices in popular music, she remains best known for

Steve Earle: Guitar Town (Expanded Edition)

Without this brilliant effort, none of the others would’ve been possible. A modern classic.

Sean Altman: alt.mania

Years of experience singing a cappella have brought a feast of harmonic delights that grace the songs on this new and spectacularly melodic collection from

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