[Thu, 26.Oct.06]
Nina Simone
Remixed and Reimagined

A whole album of remixes is an unwieldy proposition, but Remixed and Reimagined is an effective exercise in establishing a new context for the work of Nina Simone.

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The Lesser Birds of Paradise
Space Between

A slow-moving, emotionally powerful album for particular tastes.

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Broad Casting

As eclectic as its title would suggest, Jazzanova's Broad Casting is a compilation of downtempo and broken beat music by some of today's most interesting electronic artists.

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Various Artists
Outlaw Country: Austin City Limits - Live from Austin, TX

There's something downright pleasant and wholesome about the whole thing. The amiable atmosphere may make the CD enjoyable to listen to, but this also has a downside.

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Maher Shalal Hash Baz
Faux Départ

You have to have a very high level of musicianship to sound good when you are busy trying to sound like an amateur.

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Graham Lindsey
Hell Under the Skullbones

A short, but sweet exploration of the dark side of the human condition -- complete with drinking songs!

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Christina Carter

A sonically interesting musical journey.

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Cari Lee and the Saddle-ites
Brought To You Via Saddle-ite

Western swing revivalists know how to have fun, but fail to outshine their heroes.

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Harvey Danger
7.Oct.06: New York, NY
Harvey “I had visions, I was in them, I was looking into the mirror” Danger are poised to surf a Nada-style wave back to respectability. But, will it work?

[Wed, 25.Oct.06]
Adem & Juana Molina
12.Oct.06: Toronto, ON
It was like a scene out of some indie movie from the '90s.

[Mon, 23.Oct.06]
Yo La Tengo
29.Sept.06: Jersey City, NJ
Spinning rims, 22-ouncers, and a lesson on listening.

[Fri, 20.Oct.06]
Nick Lachey
6.Oct.06: Upper Darby, PA
Holy culture shock, Batman. I thought we'd squashed hysteria decades ago.

[Thur, 19.Oct.06]
Widespread Panic
4.Oct.06: Columbus, Ohio
Spreadheads and Spreadnecks alike brave the meteorological chaos, gathering en masse to gauge the future of Widespread Panic.

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[Wed, 25.Oct.06]
:. INTERVIEW:Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer leaves lasting imprint on homeland
:. New mysteries by Michael Connelly, Kate Atkinson
:. Obama’s ‘Audacity of Hope’ is part memoir, part politics
:. Students take break from classroom to enter coffee business

[Tue, 24.Oct.06]
:. ‘What Came Before He Shot Her’: New Elizabeth George an odd prequel
:. ABC’s ‘Lost’ is losing audience, but not influence
:. INTERVIEW:Rebel performer: Mexico’s Astrid Hadad skewers the status quo
:. New films seem to reflect a loss of faith in the people in charge
:. INTERVIEW:Hank Williams III on going ‘Straight to Hell’

[Mon, 23.Oct.06]
:. INTERVIEW:His anger has served ‘Cracker’ creator well
:. INTERVIEW:Derek Luke showcases spirit of apartheid-era hero
:. Obama considering run for president
:. Movie review: ‘Running With Scissors’
:. Hip-hop may fade, but it’ll never die
:. INTERVIEW:He is Legend: A soulful star continues to defy trends

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[Thu, 26.Oct.06]
:. Hisato Higuchi, Dialogue (Family Vineyard)
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Radio Birdman Does the Pop Again: An Interview
By Jennifer Kelly
[26.Oct.06] :. After 20 years of hiatus and 10 of Australia-only dates, the legendary Radio Birdman is finally touring the US. PopMatters talks to Deniz Tek and Rob Younger about the early days at Sydney's Fun House, their frustrated first run at a US audience, their 1996 reunion, and the confluence of factors that resulted in a new album and a full-scale trek through America.

If Your Life Was a TV Show
By Doug Schrashun
[25.Oct.06] :. Why Degrassi: The Next Generation, which documents the lives of fictional teenagers living in suburban Toronto, is realer than reality TV.

From the Cheap Seats: Face-Painters, Cheese Heads, and Other Revolutionaries
By Tobias Peterson
[26.Oct.06] :. Fans who show up sporting a wedge of plastic cheese on their heads, or wearing nothing but a barrel and suspenders, or dousing themselves in purple paint are really just the modern-day, class-defying equivalents of flatulent giants, cross-dressing jesters, and juggling scullery maids of the Renaissance.

The Pop Factor: Sailing Rough Waters
By Audrea Lim
[25.Oct.06] :. Taiwan's legendary The Clippers are smart, edgy, and very adaptable. But when charting beyond their own sea, their sound is not always as well received as maybe it should be.

Short Ends and Leader: Depth of Field: Dario Argento’s Diabolical Duality
Marginal Utility: Against the case against zero-sum positionality
Crazed by the Music: The power of prizes


[Thu, 26.Oct.06]
Blue Monday: Fats Domino and the Lost Dawn of Rock and Roll by Rick Coleman

The first real literary look at Antoine "Fats" Domino and his legitimate claim as the true king of rock and roll is an ambitious but frequently overreaching book.

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[Thu, 26.Oct.06]
State of Emergency 2

State of Emergency 2 is without some of the faults of its predecessor, but also without its campy redeeming values.


[Mon, 23.Oct.06]

A touching story that is far more genuine and enjoyable than most "flashy" comics or graphic novels out there.

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[Thu, 26.Oct.06]
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas

In a digital animation era, where cartoons are meticulously rendered, Nightmare plays the role of elder statesman.


[Mon, 23.Oct.06]
Project Runway

An appropriate alternative title for this season of Project Runway might be Project Run Amok.


[Thu, 26.Oct.06]
Dr. Mabuse, The Gambler (Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler)

Dr. Mabuse sits at the center of a vast web of criminal enterprise, manipulating international fortunes, overseeing a counterfeiting operation and an unknown number of murderers and thieves.

Jazzin Black Forest

What would have happened to European jazz without Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer? Fortunately, we'll never know.


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Diesel Sweeties
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Out Of My Head
by Scotty Carlson

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Cathartic Nights and Sunny Days: An Interview with Jeremy Enigk
By Brian Bartels
[25.Oct.06] :. For Enigk, the singer-songwriter behind Sunny Day Real Estate and the Fire Theft, creative inspiration strikes when most others are asleep.

The Thin (White) Line between Ballers and Brawlers
By Tobias Peterson
[24.Oct.06] :. Critics of the Miami-FIU fight are condemning the same kind of antagonism, machismo, and mayhem that is regularly reinforced as integral to football as a sport.

Celtic Soul Rebel: Talking to the Dentist About Poetry
By Roger Holland
[23.Oct.06] :. Shane MacGowan recorded five albums with the Pogues. As the reformed band sets out on its most ambitious tour since 1991, and Rhino Records releases expanded and remastered versions of all five, we take the opportunity to review the rise and fall of the Pogues.

Lore of the Worlds: The 44th New York Film Festival - Part 2
By Michael Buening
[23.Oct.06] :. Unlike the British and American selections, which steered towards art house dramas, the program's global films covered monster movies, action, gangster, melodrama, and surreal comedies.

The Rural Hipster: Why We Need Chuck Klosterman
By Josiah M. Hesse
[20.Oct.06] :. "Chuck Klosterman's denial of his own iconography merely lumps him in with the dozens of media effigies he's constructed over the years, which says a great deal about the cycles of fame and success." Josiah M. Hesse lets us in on why essayist Klosterman is 100% necessary.

His Vinyl Weighs a Ton: An Interview with Cut Chemist
By Cosmo Lee
[20.Oct.06] :. Owner of over 30,000 records, staunch defender of Star Wars, and composer of a new solo album, Cut Chemist brings the fun(k).

Bad Riddance to Good Rubbish: A Sort-of Tribute to CBGB's
By Andrew Phillips
[19.Oct.06] :. New York's punk club doors are wrenched closed to the sound of metal scraping on concrete. Phillips gives a hurt-so-good account of one of its final shows with Bad Brains.

P-1's Box of Surprises
By Christian John Wikane
[18.Oct.06] :. Chicago/NYC's P-1 would rather let their songs define them than any one style, which is probably necessary considering the cross-pollination of influences and sound incorporated in their mix.

Ready for Primetime: An Interview With Go Set Go's Mike TV
By Jodie Janella Horn
[18.Oct.06] :. "The kind of people that seem to gravitate towards our music kind of get the humor and get the fact that, while it's humorous, it's also kind of deadly serious."

"My Tastes Don't Evolve; They Broaden": An Interview with Robert Christgau
By Steve Horowitz
[17.Oct.06] :. At a transitional moment in his career, one of pop music's best-known and most-respected critics talks about the changes in culture, academia, and journalism.

The Triumph of Musical Tourists
By Stu Sherman
[16.Oct.06] :. Under the name Beirut, Zach Condon released an album of Balkan-style songs he recorded in his bedroom and became an Internet-driven sensation. Though his music gestures nostalgically toward a gypsy old world, Condon's casual appropriations suggest something much grimmer for the future.

The Privileged Few: The 44th New York Film Festival - Part One
By Michael Buening
[16.Oct.06] :. The New York Film Festival is a shamelessly elitist institution. But in an increasingly overstuffed festival schedule, it's nice to have a line-up devoted to high artistic standards.

The Cut-Out Bin
By Rob Horning, Nick Blakey, and Justin Cober-Lake
[13.Oct.06] :. This month, mid-1970s sounds of convalescence from Iggy Pop and Brian Wilson, and guitar-pop perfection from Boston-area band the Gravel Pit.

Just Making Records: An Interview with Portastatic
By Jon Langmead
[13.Oct.06] :. Mac McCaughan creates string charts and listens to tropicalia while running Merge Records, and he doesn't mind if you haven't listened to Superchunk.

Waylon Jennings, Jukebox Hero
By Dave Heaton
[12.Oct.06] :. The Waylon Jennings boxset Nashville Rebel gives reason to consider Jennings as not just a country-music outlaw, but a Wurlitzer Prize winner, whose voice from a jukebox can erase all the pain in the world just by giving voice to it.

Street Fighter II: The World Warrior
By Ryan Smith
[12.Oct.06] :. In the twilight days of the old video arcades, a coin-op game emerged that changed everything about the way fighting games were played and created a minor renaissance. Ryan Smith reflects back on the heady youth of global warriors, quarter match challengers, and "shoryuken!" with the original Street Fighter II.


The Lost Signal: Food of the Clods
By Bill Gibron
[24.Oct.06] :. As food becomes more and more sophisticated, today's home cook is faced with a daunting dining task. Too bad Laban and Larry aren't around to bring simplicity back to supper.

The Armchair Anthropologist: Dropping the Bombshell
By Jodie Janella Horn
[23.Oct.06] :. Notes on the (hair) color code, from one of those (you know), blondes.

Vox Pop: Gay TV:  Making Same-Sex Marriage Safe for America
By Meta Wagner
[19.Oct.06] :. At the same time that gay TV is shaping the culture, the culture is also shaping gay TV, containing it and restricting it from going "too far".

Travels in Little America: Reel Australia
By Kathryn Hummel
[18.Oct.06] :. Hummel used to dread, simply dread, Australian-made films. But a number of recently discovered intelligent, evocative films have her singing her creative countrymen's praises. Here are some movies you shouldn't miss.

Stale Popcorn: The Great Wait for Oscar Bait
By Amos Posner
[16.Oct.06] :. If there's anything to be learned from a review of the year so far, it's that 2006 will either go down as a terrible movie year or a tremendously back-loaded one.

Variations on a Theme: The Profound Consolation: The Use of Bach’s Music in the Films of Ingmar Bergman (Part 1)
By Chadwick Jenkins
[13.Oct.06] :. In Bergman's films, Bach's music functions to give access to a rarified atmosphere of revelation and emotional depth; it reveals something previously inaccessible within a character.

Channel Crossings: Cooking Up a Fuss
By Raphaël Costambeys-Kempczynski
[12.Oct.06] :. The arrival of the celebrity TV chef is parallel to the rise of the techno DJ: both feed upon our hedonistic fin-de-siècle desires. The rave scene gave us mass love-ins driven by repetitive beats and illicit substances. The chefs do it by teaching us how to knock up cordon bleu dishes in only 20 minutes between the moment we get home from work and the moment we head out again to get blotto.

Negritude 2.0: Walking Away From It All: The New Great American Fantasy
By Mark Reynolds
[11.Oct.06] :. Walking away from it all to pursue a quieter, less complicated life is an oft-recurring theme in American culture, from Henry David Thoreau's 1854 Walden to the 1932 Scarface and countless other sagas of the underworld – right up to the present day's Dave Chappelle and Aaron McGruder.

Politics and Culture/East and West: Fascist, Fascist, Who’s A Fascist?
By Robert R. Thompson
[10.Oct.06] :. The term "fascism" is being appropriated, inappropriately, by a range of political interests in the US – including the Republican Party.

Marginal Utility: Virtual Utopia
By Rob Horning
[9.Oct.06] :. Utopias we can recognize as such are doomed to failure, forever resigned to fantasy. Is online universe Second Life such a place, where one experiments harmlessly with fantasy, or is it an organic necessity, an inevitable outgrowth of an intolerable present?

Shh, It's Starting: Or Are You Just Glad to See Me?
By Violet Glaze
[6.Oct.06] :. This month, our cinematic classicist looks at the human love of firepower, and how one forgotten film noir in particular encapsulated everything good and bad, appealing and appauling, about this obsession with guns.

Blood and Thunder: Blind Guardian’s Twisted Myths
By Adrien Begrand
[5.Oct.06] :. For Hansi Kürsch, lead singer of Germany's Blind Guardian, there's no Justin Hawkins flash, no DragonForce pub chants, no hipster-pandering irony. If he's going to sing about faeries and orcs, he's going to do so and mean every damned outlandish lyric.

The Outré Oeuvre: Skunk Ape Confidential
By Bill Gibron
[4.Oct.06] :. From his humble roots as a woodland myth to his starring roles in several '70s monster movies, Bigfoot remains the Me Decades most misunderstood manbeast -- and most unlikely cultural icon.

PopShots: When Harry Googled Sally
By Glenn McDonald
[3.Oct.06] :. A terrifying glimpse of what can happen when modern technology meets Happily Ever After.

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