Entries from December 1998

200 Cigarettes, Directed By Risa Bramon Garcia (Paramount Pictures)

December 31st, 1998 · Comments Off on 200 Cigarettes, Directed By Risa Bramon Garcia (Paramount Pictures)

200 Cigarettes Directed By Risa Bramon Garcia Paramount Pictures By: Eric G. The setting is New Year's Eve 1981, a year that holds no significance to the movie's story other than to justify all the retro-hype, which is so poorly displayed here that people who actually lived through this era would hardly recognize it if […]

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A Simple Plan, Directed By Sam Raimi (Paramount Pictures)

December 31st, 1998 · Comments Off on A Simple Plan, Directed By Sam Raimi (Paramount Pictures)

A Simple Plan Directed By Sam Raimi Paramount Pictures By: Eric G. The plot of A Simple Plan is an exciting prospect in the hands of Sam Raimi, the director of such comic-horror classics as Evil Dead and Army Of Darkness (not to mention Darkman). Three country bumpkins stumble on a mammoth amount of cash […]

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Your Friends And Neighbors, Directed By Neil Labute (Gramercy Pictures)

December 31st, 1998 · Comments Off on Your Friends And Neighbors, Directed By Neil Labute (Gramercy Pictures)

Your Friends And Neighbors Directed By Neil Labute Gramercy Pictures By: Eric G. Director Neil Labute made quite an impression on audiences last year with In The Company Of Men- a disturbing portrayal of two men plotting to humiliate a deaf woman in a sad act of revenge for the self-hatred and insecurity they feel […]

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Bonnie Prince Billy, I See A Darkness (Palace Records)

December 31st, 1998 · Comments Off on Bonnie Prince Billy, I See A Darkness (Palace Records)

Bonnie Prince Billy I See A Darkness Palace Records By: Eric G. Will Oldham's latest incarnation is a fair share darker than his recent solo efforts. Since dropping the Palace moniker Oldham's output has been more uplifting than we've come to expect. I See A Darkness brings that recent trend to a halt. Oldham's brittle, […]

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The Thin Red Line, Directed By Terrence Malick (20th Century Fox)

December 31st, 1998 · Comments Off on The Thin Red Line, Directed By Terrence Malick (20th Century Fox)

The Thin Red Line Directed By Terrence Malick 20th Century Fox By: Eric G. After Days of Heaven in 1977, Terrence Malick gave up filmmaking. Rumors abounded as to why such a promising young director would throw in the towel after only two films under his belt. Some argued it was because Malick was disgusted […]

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Life Is Beautiful, Directed By Roberto Benigni (Miramax)

December 31st, 1998 · Comments Off on Life Is Beautiful, Directed By Roberto Benigni (Miramax)

Life Is Beautiful Directed By Roberto Benigni Miramax By: Eric G. Life Is Beautiful is the first slapstick Holocaust film I’ve ever seen. Roberto Benigni directs, co-writes, and stars in this fable about being a Jewish merchant in World War II era Italy. Benigni plays somewhat of a clown vying for the heart of a […]

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Don Caballero, Singles Breaking Up (Touch And Go)

December 31st, 1998 · Comments Off on Don Caballero, Singles Breaking Up (Touch And Go)

Don Caballero Singles Breaking Up Touch And Go By: Eric G. Singles Breaking Up is a collection of Don Caballero's five seven inches, a compilation track, and one previously unreleased song. This collection shows Don Caballero's astounding growth in both complexity and effectiveness. The early songs go back as far as 1992 and rely more […]

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Mojave 3, Out Of Tune (Sire/4ad)

December 31st, 1998 · Comments Off on Mojave 3, Out Of Tune (Sire/4ad)

Mojave 3 Out Of Tune Sire/4ad By: Eric G. When Creation Records dropped Slowdive in 1995 that pretty much signaled the end of the shoegazer era, which had, in all honesty, far outstayed its welcome. Almost no band lumped in that genre survived: Ride completely fell apart after Going Blank Again, Lush just got awful, […]

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Shakespeare In Love, Directed By John Madden (Miramax)

December 31st, 1998 · Comments Off on Shakespeare In Love, Directed By John Madden (Miramax)

Shakespeare In Love Directed By John Madden Miramax By: Eric G. For those of you well-versed in Elizabethan literature and culture, Shakespeare In Love will surely not disappoint, as there are countless inside jokes and high brow references at which only an educated elite will chuckle. I know this because a Shakespearean professor sat behind […]

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Smog, Knock Knock (Drag City)

December 31st, 1998 · Comments Off on Smog, Knock Knock (Drag City)

Smog Knock Knock Drag City By: Eric G. Smog a/k/a Bill Callahan is no stranger to self-indulgence or self-parody, but he would never admit it. He never even cracks a smile. Take the cover art of Knock Knock, for example. It looks like a bad metal band’s album cover complete with demonic calligraphy and bolts […]

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The Magnetic Fields, The House Of Tomorrow Ep (reissue), Holiday (reissue) (Merge)

December 31st, 1998 · Comments Off on The Magnetic Fields, The House Of Tomorrow Ep (reissue), Holiday (reissue) (Merge)

The Magnetic Fields The House Of Tomorrow Ep (reissue), Holiday (reissue) Merge By: Eric G. In 1993 Stephin Merritt, thankfully, decided to stop using Susan Anway as a mouthpiece for his Casio-driven, lovelorn ditties as he had on two previous albums, Distant Plastic Trees and The Wayward Bus. Merritt’s Frank Sinatra-meets-Ian Curtis baritone croon presents […]

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Seaweed, Actions And Indications (Merge)

December 31st, 1998 · Comments Off on Seaweed, Actions And Indications (Merge)

Seaweed Actions And Indications Merge By: Eric G. When Nevermind was breaking big almost eight years ago, Tacoma, Washington’s Seaweed was churning out grunge-tinged pop punk for Sub Pop that was emotional, energetic, and uncharacteristically melodic. Each album got better, and, with Four, Seaweed was poised for bigger and better things. The band signed with […]

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The Fantastic Plastic Machine, S/T (Emperor Norton)

December 31st, 1998 · Comments Off on The Fantastic Plastic Machine, S/T (Emperor Norton)

The Fantastic Plastic Machine S/T Emperor Norton By: Eric G. Tomoyuki Tanaka is the brains behind The Fantastic Plastic Machine, which is a familiar amalgam of kitsch-y 60’s pop, bossa nova disco, and Japanese humor. Tanaka keeps things brassy and bright with lots of swirling bass lines and retro-sounding horn arrangements. His sound is less […]

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God Is My Co-pilot, Get Busy (Atavistic)

December 31st, 1998 · Comments Off on God Is My Co-pilot, Get Busy (Atavistic)

God Is My Co-pilot Get Busy Atavistic By: Eric G. God Is My Co-Pilot has been churning out a semi-improvisational no wave racket for the better part of the decade. Led by Sharon Topper and Craig Flanagin, God Is My Co-Pilot is an ongoing experiment in music, sexual identification, and cultural dilettantism. Sometimes its gay […]

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Jonathan Richman, I'm So Confused (Vapor)

December 31st, 1998 · Comments Off on Jonathan Richman, I'm So Confused (Vapor)

Jonathan Richman I'm So Confused Vapor By: Eric G. Having made appearances in two Farrelly brothers films, Kingpin and There’s Something About Mary, Jonathan Richman’s hokey-pop-folkie shtick is reaching a far greater audience, but that has done nothing to change Richman’s simple outlook on life. Acoustic guitar, bass and drums still accompany his over-intellectualized, everyday […]

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Einsturzende Neubauten, Ende Neu (Nothing)

December 31st, 1998 · Comments Off on Einsturzende Neubauten, Ende Neu (Nothing)

Einsturzende Neubauten Ende Neu Nothing By: Eric G. When a band like Einsturzende Neubauten (Collapsing New Buildings) puts out a new record it evokes a conflicting string of emotions similar to when a legendary director has a new film. The excitement for the new product is overshadowed by a sense of dread that it may […]

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R. Chartier, Direct, Incidental, Consequential (Intransitive)

December 31st, 1998 · Comments Off on R. Chartier, Direct, Incidental, Consequential (Intransitive)

R. Chartier Direct, Incidental, Consequential Intransitive By: Kerry M. A few years back Markus Popp (Oval) and Jan St Werner (Mouse on Mars) got together and released their second album as Microstoria entitled _SND. _SND, with it’s bleeps and hums and drones sounded like the soundtrack to an empty computer lab full of machines communicating […]

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Duran Duran, Greatest (EMI / Capital)

December 31st, 1998 · Comments Off on Duran Duran, Greatest (EMI / Capital)

Duran Duran Greatest EMI / Capital By: Eric G. This nineteen-track career retrospective is a better representation of Duran Duran's output compared to 1989's premature greatest hits package, Decade. Duran Duran has endured the status of fey, make-up wearing poseurs long enough. The band's self-proclaimed mix of Chic, Roxy Music, and the Sex Pistols started […]

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Takako Minekawa, Cloudy Cloud Calculator (Emperor Norton)

December 31st, 1998 · Comments Off on Takako Minekawa, Cloudy Cloud Calculator (Emperor Norton)

Takako Minekawa Cloudy Cloud Calculator Emperor Norton By: Eric G. Takako Minekawa is a star in Japan where she has been in the public eye since she was a child actress. She currently stars in Sony Playstation commercials, writes a column for Keyboard Magazine, and creates bizarre electro-pop based on clouds, color, and light, using […]

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Kristin Hersh, Murder, Misery And Then Goodnight (4ad)

December 31st, 1998 · Comments Off on Kristin Hersh, Murder, Misery And Then Goodnight (4ad)

Kristin Hersh Murder, Misery And Then Goodnight 4ad By: Eric G. The new Kristin Hersh album is available only through on-line ordering, partly because it's an album of covers and partly to explore a new method of reaching fans. Hersh also has an on-line subscription available at her site (http://www.throwingmusic.com), which allows the listeners to […]

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