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THE FALL Sub-Lingual Tablet CD

The closing scene of Michaelangelo Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point shows a building exploding. For six minutes or so, in super-slow motion, and from every possible angle. Fast-moving it isn’t, but it is fascinating, watching refrigerator doors and dust and bits of wire and pipe hurtle towards the camera, arcing and twirling and floating and falling in […]

Pop Group 3


Good things can be worth waiting for. In the case of the Pop Group, the wait was three and a half decades. Think about that for a moment: The last time M. Stewart and Co. graced a stage on the planet prior to the current tour, Ronald Reagan hadn’t even been inaugurated; kids born that […]


WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS Nothing Here Now But The Recordings LP

William Burroughs never seemed especially at ease with the times he was born into, but perhaps his legacy of work settles into the current cultural construct even more uneasily than ever. Ironic, since his work effectively presaged an era of disjointed communication, ubiquitous meaninglessness, virulent madness and media dominance of the sort we are living […]

KILLING JOKE The Singles Collection, 1979-2012 2xCD

Would it be too much to presume at least a passing familiarity with band so as to forego an unnecessary and tedious recitation of their particular attributes? I think not. If you have any awareness of your culture at this point, you know who they are and what they do. So I won’t bother mentioning […]


HUGH CORNWELL Totem and Taboo CD

You can take Hugh out of the Stranglers—hell, that happened a long time ago—but you can’t take the Stranglers out of Hugh, it seems. What’s this? An assemblage of stripped-down slashing guitar numbers with that same peculiar pop-ish sensibility and snarled sarcasm that made first-gen Stranglers such an unearthly delight—but as performed by a guy […]



Let’s get this out of the way: I am a longtime friend and occasional collaborator with Hepa/Titus founder Kevin Rutmanis, so of course I can be expected to file the obligatory fawning review. Yeah, yeah, call it nepotism or whatever you will: That does nothing to change the fact that this is a kickass band, […]



One word: Formulaic. In most circumstances, it would be the most scathing of indictments, but when the formula in question has a thirty-year pedigree of (highly) consistent success, it’s another matter altogether. Passing familiarity with almost any preceding Killing Joke album lays the band’s calculus bare: Pounding “tribal” (lousy word, but the only one that […]


NIL BY MOUTH directed by Gary Oldman; Sony Pictures, 1998

I’ve generally steered away from the cinema ever since Jody Foster broke my heart with the putrescent Contact, and even when I did attend somewhat regularly, I didn’t pay much attention to Gary Oldman, aside from noting that he was one of the doofs in that vampire movie. So, count me surprised to find his […]


Mason & Dixon reviewed by David B. Livingstone

Book Reviews Mason & Dixon reviewed by David B. Livingstone Aug 10, 2009, 16:29 MASON & DIXON: A NOVEL by Thomas Pynchon; Henry Holt, 1997 Brevity, the aphorism has it, is the soul of wit. So where does that leave Thomas Pynchon, whose current offering Mason & Dixon: A Novel weighs in at close to […]

The Marabou Stork Nightmare reviewed by David B. Livingstone

Book Reviews The Marabou Stork Nightmare reviewed by David B. Livingstone By Mar 2, 2009, 12:10 --> THE MARABOU STORK NIGHTMARES by Irvine Welsh; W.W. Norton, 1997 In the wake of the surprise stateside success of the film adaptation of his Trainspotting—a sickly, strangely funny slice of life amidst Edinburough's heroin subculture—Irvine Welsh has emerged […]