Music

[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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Jazzanova
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
Electrice

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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EVENTS
[Thu, 26.Oct.06]
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]
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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.

COLUMNS
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.

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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

Books

[Thu, 26.Oct.06]
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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.

Multimedia / Comics

Multimedia

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

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

Comics

[Mon, 23.Oct.06]
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Epileptic

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

Film / TV

Film

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

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

Television

[Mon, 23.Oct.06]
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Project Runway

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

DVDs

[Thu, 26.Oct.06]
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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.

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Jazzin Black Forest

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

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