Reviews

5 Jan 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Travis: 12 Memories

Back in 1999, at the end of Travis‘s breakthrough album The Man Who, is a curious bonus track. Hidden amongst such charmingly self-deprecating, puppydog-eyed songs

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	The Three 4 Tens: Taking Northern Liberties

Enthusiasm is terribly underrated. With bands preening themselves for appearances on magazines covers, the music is often given second billing, usually assigned a wide-sweeping genre

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5 Jan 2004 // 10:00 PM

	The Trolleyvox: Leap of Folly

The Trolleyvox are a musical anachronism, creating chiming, guitar-based folk pop with female vocals that seem of another time entirely. It’s different from what

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5 Jan 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Frifot: Sluring

Lena Willemark, Per Gudmundsen, and Ale Möller are three extraordinarily talented musicians from Sweden who not only play together as the trio Frifot, but

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5 Jan 2004 // 10:00 PM

	The Fabulous Thunderbirds: Tacos Deluxe

The Fabulous Thunderbirds sound really good on the first listen, merely good on the second, and continue declining from there. Eventually, they stop at being

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Visions of the Apocalypse: Spectacles of Destruction in American Cinema by Wheeler Winston Dixon

At once a meditation on all that is wrong with contemporary cinema and a comment on the political climate, the book argues that we have always been fascinated with our own destruction and it is only now that we can realise it on screen.

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5 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

True Enough by Stephen McCauley

Through McCauley's eyes, even the white lies used in social discourse become indicative of humanity's almost pathological inability to be frank.

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The Substance of Style: How the Rise of Aesthetic Value Is Remaking Commerce, Culture, & Consciousne

Critics who deem the adornment of a person, place or object as inauthentic, something that merely adds disguise and trickery, fail to recognize what a tap of the pretty stick adds to the 'function' of something.

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A Quaint & Curious Volume of Forgotten Lore: The Mythology & History of Classic Horror Films by Fran

Stritto would probably agree with those who feel that what keeps these old favorites alive -- as opposed to dusty museum pieces -- is that they are capable of reinterpretation.

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5 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Known World by Edward P. Jones

This is the crux of the novel: Slavery pollutes everyone who participates in it and warps their concepts of justice and humanity.

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Beckham, Both Feet on the Ground: An Autobiography by David Beckham with Tom Watt

David Beckham is not the pink nail-polished, panty-wearing metrosexual husband of Posh Spice. He is the average bloke who is living the sports fantasy through hard work and training.

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4 Jan 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Various Artists: Blue Series Continuum: Sorcerer Sessions

Few modern pianists can rival Matthew Shipp’s industry, let alone his skill. Just look at the last three years: bouncing between flowing lines of

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4 Jan 2004 // 10:00 PM

	ZZ Top: Mescalero

As I write this, the sky is a weird shade of purplish orange, and chunks of burning lasagne are falling from the sky. Beelzebub has

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4 Jan 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Suzanne Vega: Retrospective: The Best of Suzanne Vega

Although many artists have been “cursed” with achieving a Top 10 hit and have spent the rest of their career trying desperately to recapture the magic

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	Voltaire Brothers: I Sing the Booty Electric

Somewhere between porn soundtracks and ‘70s funk fit the Voltaire Brothers, who have left just enough room for you to shake it to their long-delayed

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4 Jan 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Viza-Noir: No Record

So here we are with yet another band from Chicago doing yet another math rock/post-punk sound that manages to bore the pants off anyone

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	Elbow: Cast of Thousands

In the last few years, we’ve seen the rise of bands that marry a traditional rock grounding with ambient and impressionist influences. The problem

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4 Jan 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Da Lata: Serious

Chalk it up to a good idea gone dull along the way because Da Lata’s latest album is a brandy-Xanax pillow mint. It’s

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The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons of Robert S. McNamara (2003) - PopMatters Film Review )

It is a most provocative, potent, and important film. And as the current war against and occupation of Iraq continue, the film looms like a kind of shadow, an increasingly alarming cautionary tale.

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23 Dec 2003 // 12:00 AM

Cold Mountain (2003)

The first scene in Cold Mountain is sensational and sickening, an apt introduction to what will be a Civil War saga.

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