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September 12, 2000 - Image 8

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Don't 'sleep' through it...
TEhe Michigan Theater opens irts all
Coms4iiedy Miasters Series With Woody
',7llen'S "Sleeper." 7 puln.
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SEPTEMBER 12,, 2000



h eadlner
By Christian Hoard
1) lily arts W iter
T his veai 's Ann Arbor Blues and
Jazz F est experienced aiiother major
setback vesterday when it was
announced that Stanley Turrentine, the
event's Saturday headliner-, had suffered
a maj or stroke and would not be
appearing at the festival.
This disappointment conies on the
hieels of the recent announcement that
Ruth Brown, who had been scheduled
to' perform at the Fest's "Women,
Rhythm and Blues" concert on
September 1 5 at the Michi an Theater.
draw froni the event.
A replacement for saxophonist
turrentine has vet to be nanied. Irma
" Thomas, thle Soul Queen of New
{rleans. has agreed to fill in for
i3 rown.
Thomias Wsas an obv ious choice to
t epilace the legendary B~rown, who
:r stablislicd fir-st herself as a v irtual
",ln-tic label in the 1 950s and contin-
! operform reguilarlyv until this past
" T1honias first rose to prominence
performing inthe C'rescent City with
Jtommv Ridgely's band in the late fities
'i id early sixties, a g~ig which led to her
lrst studio recordings and several sub-
; 4Nuent R&B hits. including "Don't
's With Mv Man," "Cry On" and
'ieIs On Myv Side' an original
Ss hicli the RollingStones turned iiito
re of their best-known carly sones. lIn
- acent years, T'homas has abdicated her
I-ek Orleans throiie for Memphis.
ciording the songs of legeiidary soul
enitli Dan Penni on "Mv Ilecat's in
niphis,"'I'Thomas's latest record on
Rone label. 0 /c lii.1'U
iWws cand Jazzs. .see Fr idcr s Dailyi
I/ I.

Psycho DVD less
than maddening on;
content; good movie

Take the picture quick, dude. We've got to get out of the back yard or my mom will kill me. The Slip plays the Blind Pig tomorrow.

By Christopher Cousino
Dally :arts Witicr
"1'mi into murders aiid executions,"
says a chipper Patrick B~ateman
(Christian [ale) to a ditzv blond miodel
who casually mistakes his confession for
the typical Wall Street banter "mergers
and acquisitioiis" Welcome to the world
of Maiy hlarron's "American Psycho," a
dark allegory about corporate America,
when Hiuey Lewis was a "clear crisp
sound of consummate professionalism "
Based off the Bret Easton Ellis novel
of the sanic name, the Brit Bale portrays
Coutes o Flin Frg ecods the surface-obsessed Wall Street entre-
preneur-by-day, mi sogynist monster set-
ial killer-by-night to a marvelous, satiric
anid maddening degree. Along with
I larron's chilling, cold and sterile visioni
of the shallowness of the eigthties, Bale's
perf'ormance is a nieniorable depiction
of the darkness that mnay lurk beneath the
human skin.
While the film has been criticized fiar
horrific violence, it actually contains.-a
toned down amount of gore. Much of the
violence is not seen as viewetrs watch
Batenian commiit the escalating v iolence
inistead of actually seeing a head cut off
(unlike the more horrific, nauseatiiig
fare of "Seven" or most recently, "The
With Universal Home Video's release
of-"American Psvcho" on DVD, viewer's
get a solid transfer ofthie film, complete
with v ibrant red droppings of sauce dur-
ing the opening credits. However, the
i-cal horror is a lack of bonus miater-ials
for a film that calls out for them.
Yes, there is a small, broken-up-with-
inserted-titles interview with Bale that
doesn't dish out much new infoimation.
Another featurette highlights small

By Chris Kula
U ;pil IsA-rts IFitor

Just as a "ood book can't be
judged by its coveci, amoodl rock club
can't be judge1d by its, uhl i ront il(o00-.
At least, that's the ssay The icSlipy sees
"We've been hitting a lot of news
places tis timle
ar-ounid, somie new
parts 0f the coun-
try, and3 you neveri
The SIin knows sshat kitid

The Blind Pig
Tomorrow at 9:30 pm.

Ot a Weue VOn 'reC
going to be at,"
said guiltar'ist
B3rad Bhtar.
5 0 iiiCt Itiiie2s
you'l wIsalk itto a
club andll ust
think{ it's thle
biugest dise, and
thenl the shows
starts and it turn'IS

nr'CatILImsical settings. Siiice its
inception iii 1995, the Bostoii-basad
trio has risen thiiough the ranks of
lie f ast (oast jambaiids to become
oiie of the most highly irespected
groups in the impr-ov-r-ock scene.
Yet the band which is r-ounded
out by dfruniner Anidi-ew Barr and
bassist MIarc Friedman- finds its
muesical Inspi rat ion In ai-eas other1 than
the ster-eotypical Plush. (it-atell LDead
realnms. With its mix of jazzy, Johii
ScotId-esqluC guitar stylinigs and
A ficanized rhythiis, The Slip is a
tough band to define ---- but Barr is up
to the task.
"We firmly belies e iii the giroov e,
wse relish in it,'' Burir said. "We're
awsav s look inig to inicorporate more
luniqule soiiiids and more jazz scnsib-
litis, buit at the same timhe sw're
commnitied to niak ing people dance"
(Comi ng up iii the firiile Boston jaz
scene, Thie Slip cdeveloped a des otionl
to iimprovisation that, accoirding to
Bart-, is central to the band's musical
"Ther-e at-e a lot of nights when

wse're not ev en sur-c what to expect
wshemreswe stairt playinig," Barr said.
"'The ideal situation is where you're
hard1y using aniy bi-ainwork at all, as
ftlt instrument is playinig itself'.''
S-niticnt guitar's aside, it doesii't
hu111- to have thri-e muisicianls who
ss ee ftirnial ly triai ned at thle highly
pruI-tiious Berklee School of
Mftsic. The band's musical dexterity
is showcased on its sophomor-e
album, the enjoyable "Does."
Pi sent is the baud's affinity for
vworld music grooves and wispy
space-outs, bitt the disc also has its
fa'i r share of - dare I say -Indic
iockin' lo-I'i, textures.
"We all like to see the evolution otf
rock, and heaiing, a well-written song
wjust as vital as a great improvisa-
tion ' Barr said. -111'd tever describe us
as Indiecirock, but it's har-d to hear
somlet hinug on the r'ad io or in vo r
friend's car and not be i niluenccd by it.
"II' anything, we feel i-cal ly lucky
tight nosw, because we ye got all of
these different colois, and cachtiinighit
we get to try to use all of'them."

Photo courtesy of Uniar~bi
Christian Sale as Patrick Bateman. Stud;
amounts o~f on-set footage and quick iid-
bits from I larron," Bale and Willemi
Defoe. Aceast bios and only one of the
tiailers ar~h thet-e's your DVD.
it's a slhane that Universal failed-:to
include a cotmmentary track by Ikirroin)
who had the daunting task of takin~g
Ellis' novel and makinig it into a filth:
Esen a track with Ellis and his opinionis
would n-tikc the disc all the worth wvhile,
as the film takes a 'diffei-ent track thtan
the novsd, bitt seemns to hiave a siilar~
chi]lling. poignant effect.
" Aiiie~ican Psycho" is ane inte resti
filmn in a rather boring year foar fili*
ieleases'. A second vicswing - of
" Amecin Psvchio" can prove a ressaik{-
ing timie as the stout/ seems to snahke
more sense. So pull out your Robet
Palmer tapes and sharpen your axe
blades, because we all go a little mad
somnet imes.--


out to be the most
Per-lCct place to Iplay muisic."
The SIlip is Certainlly no sti-atgel- to


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