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8 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 11, 2003

ARTS

TV DISH
NEWS FROM THE TUBE

Time flies when listening to Wheat

Tarzan No Getting the Green
Light - The king is dead ... kind
of. According to thefutoncritic.cor,
"Tarzan," the new WB drama, is not
filming any more episodes. The
Sunday night show, after a strong
opening week, has consantly lost
viewers and is now near the bottom
of the ratings pile, despite the intro-
duction of a new character played
by Lucy Lawless ("Xena::|Warrior
Princess"). Just biause Spider-
man swings around New York City
doesn't mean Tarzan ghould as well.
Morgan's Arrid lMoves
"Whoopi" - Tracy Morgan ('.at-
urday Night Live") will
star is his own comedy\
this December. According
to NBC, "The Tracy Mor-
gan Show" will debut
Dec. 2 at 8 p.m., bumping
first-year comedy
"Whoopi" to the 8:30
time slot. "Good Morning
Miami," which has some-
how managed to stay gn h
the air, has moved bagckto
its original position 'of Thursdays at
9:30 p.m. "ER"f w lacks a strong
lead-in, y, NBC got Tracy
Morgan, and lie's Brian Fellows!
All Fun and Games - On Dec.
4 Spike TV will air the first ever
Video Game Awards, reports

Zap2it.com. Hosted by David
Spade, the ceremony will honor
winners in 16 categories including
best game of the year, best music
and most addictive. A panel of
videogame proessionals and Spike
TV 'sown edtorial board will
anounce the winner$ n a futuristic

Andrew Horowitz
Daily Arts Writer
Music REVIEW *
The transition from indie to major
label is a dangerous one. There is a
lot at stake and there is pressure to

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n the Las Vegas MQM Grand With "The District" capturing the
den Area. Animatedcips for top spot on Saturday night, and
nominee will be "perforted" NFL football, "60 Minutes" and
killed gainers, while fans and "The Elizeth Smart Story" hold-
e producers will present the ing |the oi three ratings slots on
rds. Snd, the network has a clear
dvantage over rival NBC. The Bar-
ot So Sweet.,"Dreams"- barVNalters interview with Martha
ording to NIC, "American Stewat on "20/20" gave ABC the
Dreams" will not have a win on Friday night, leading view-
fu1:22-episodeseason ers to believe that "Living" might
this year. The second-year not'be as boring as they once
drama, probably best thought.
known for featuring per-
formances by-today's Spears Bares All - "20/20,"
muscstars portraying refusing to stop with the Martha
artists from the 1 960s, has Stewart interview, will air an inter-
had significantly fewer view ith teen sensation Britney
viewers for the first six Spears this Thursday. With the
episodes this fall. Lat release of her new album "In The
year "4bomtown" got 'Zone,"Britney will follow this little

stay true to the
indie sound
while creating
something pol-
ished and mar-
ketable. There is
a perception that
indie credibility
is all but gone,
and that the core

Wheat
Per Second,
Per Second,
Per Second.
Every Second
Aware/Columbia

are they going?" With their major
label debut Per Second, Per Second,
Per Second ... Every Second, Wheat
finds themselves at this crossroad.
Wheat, like most successful indie
bands, have solid song construction
on which to rely. The band knows its
strengths lie in its dark lyrics and
musical simplicity. With such intel-
ligence and realization of artistic
possibilities comes an album that
feels both unrehearsed and polished.
"I Met a Girl," while treading the
line between irritating and catchy,
redeems itself with indifference. It
breaks the ice with honesty and wry
humor. Singer Scott Levesque's lyrics
are pointed and feel significant: "That
girl who was pulling away / Like if she
pulled off to the side / I'd have some-
thing to say." This song reveals a soul
who has "lost a bit of solid ground."
Despair appears throughout the

album. The melancholy "Go Get the
Cops" pairs sparse arrangements and
a major-key harmonized melody with
a message telling a lover to "Go get
the cops / Why don't you stop think-
ing it over." There's even a warning of
violence, as Levesque says that if a
significant other's friends come
around, "One at a time / I'll knock
them down."
Per Second leaves the listener a lit-
tle unsteady. It's filled with catchy
choruses that are sardonic and bitter.
The album has an acoustic indie feel
but retains all the elements of a pop
album, from slick production to
radio-friendly anthems. In the end,
this unsteadiness coupled with the
ability to waver between the typical
and unusual is what separates Wheat
from the overabundance of pop
bands and makes Per Second a note-
worthy album.

fans might feel betrayed. And with
newfound artistic capabilities that
come with larger recording budgets,
a band must make major decisions,
namely "who they are" and "where

The Stills' brooding 'Logic' breaks hearts

By Alex Wolsky
Daily Arts Writer

imprint on the nearly impenetrable
American market. Fueled by influ-
ences Echo & the Bunnymen and Joy

shortened by four es
"American Dreams"
shows. Why doesn't'
ever get cut?

chat with a coet dater this month.
ABC is promoting the event by say-
ing "Britney finally hares ... her
soul." Her soul is about the only
thing she hasn't revealed.
Compiled by the Daily
TV staff

MUSIC REVI EW
Echoing the sound of New York
post-rock quartet Interpol, Montreal's
the Stills have melded an amiable mix
of brooding lyricism and a sonic
throwback to early '90s grunge. Fol-
lowing in the wake of Canadian suc-
cesses Broken Social Scene, The Dears
and Stars, the Stills' debut Logic Will
Break Your Heart attempts to make an

Division, Logic is
a sweeping pop
symphony scarred
by the growling,
cathartic sounds
of punk music.
The self-con-
scious, raucous

The Stills
Logic Will
Break Your
Heart
Atlantic

cence of the lush Montreal pop scene.
"Animals and Insects" creates the best
blend lo-fi rock with subtle, electronic
tones reminiscent of the Cure while
"Love and Death" follows suit. How-
ever, wherever the Stills shine they
almost always seem to cover it up
again by creating a trite and overused
sound that reeks of a lack of inspira-
tion and lethargy. The Stills have the
talent and the presence to create a clas-
sic album, however, this time around,
they're constantly overstepping their
own boundaries.

CBS Wins This Weekend - As
sweeps near their halfway point, the
big winner so far has been CBS.

blend created on Logic attempts to cap-
ture the girt of the New York City
streets while maintaining the inno-

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