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Thursday, October 3 2002

Various Artists: Bhangra Beatz: A Naxos World Collection

[Banished words/phrases in this review: Bollywood, India/Pakistan conflict, “gang-bhangers”.] Double-headed drums dominate the two main strains of Indian-derived dance music floating around these


Squarepusher: Do You Know Squarepusher?

I’ve always been a diehard Squarepusher fan. Since his days of acid drum and bass, I’ve worshiped every note he’s played on


Andy Stochansky: Five Star Motel

Andy Stochansky’s music never made it out of my scorched earth break-up. For the longest time, he inhabited the ruined space of everything that


OK GO: self-titled

Take some smart guys a la Weezer, mix in a little bit of The Cars, add in some organic elements of J. Geils Band, stir


Dizzy Gillespie: Odyssey: 1945-1952

Dizzy Gillespie is one of the most important figures in jazz, period. An innovative and original trumpet player, prolific composer, musical visionary, generous teacher and


Steve Earle: Jerusalem

Steve Earle has always been a guy who is never afraid to shoot his mouth off, and with 'Jerusalem', his timing is perfect, as his own razor-sharp words slice through the shallow slop of almost all 9-11-inspired music that has come out to date.


Natalie Cole: Ask a Woman Who Knows

In spite of a long and successful career, not to mention the odd Grammy or two, it remains the case that Natalie Cole has never


C.O.C.O.: The C.O.C.O. Sound

How much more minimalism is possible before a band dissolves into nothing? C.O.C.O is frighteningly empty of personnel (Chris Sutton—who’s


The Byrds: The Byrds Play Dylan

When Dylan sang “The Times They Are A-Changin’” in 1963, he sang it with the voice of a prophet; when the Byrds sang the same song


Vanya on 42nd Street (1994)

Elastic yet precise, Malle's film has the vitality and vividness of a Renoir -- it breathes.


Son of the Bride (Hijo de la Novia) (2001)

It affirms the institution of marriage -- and of a loving marriage.


The Scorpion King (2002)

The Rock, director Russell says, has a 'deep commitment' to acting, bringing as much passion to the role as he does to his athletic endeavors -- good to know.


Spirited Away (2001/2002)

America is better off with Miyazaki playing in the malls and the multiplexes than Monsters, Inc.


Red Dragon (2002)

What is most politically problematic about Red Dragon is how it furthers the relationship between physical disability and psychopathology.


Moonlight Mile (2002)

Fits a little too neatly with the recent popularity of media considering grief and death rituals.


KISS Exposed (1987)

When you work all day / You gotta Uh! All Night / Uh! -- Uh! -- Uh! -- Uh! -- Uh! -- Whooo!.


Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)

Christophe Gans' Brotherhood of the Wolf is the sort of visual marvel that DVDs were made for.


Wednesday, October 2 2002

James Yorkston and the Athletes: Moving Up Country

For James Yorkston, it seems that he can do no wrong when it comes to being at the right place at the right time. When


Stevie Wonder: Where I’m Coming From

Personal, ambitious, sprawling, underrated: Where I’m Coming From still has its pleasures.


The Squish: Still So Sweet

“Rock for the Geeks” is how The Squish are presented on their website. Snowglobe Records proclaims that Still So Sweet is the “hotly anticipated release


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