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November 10, 2005
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Silver Jews return
with fleshed-out LP

By Alexandra Jones
Daily Arts Editor

Dave Berman sounds like a
changed man. If you were to compare
the Silver Jews' most
magnetic work, 1998's Silver
American Water, with Jews
Tanglewood Numbers,
the latest in a long Tanglewood
line of experiments in Numbers
blank verse and coun- Drag City
try twang, that'd be the
first thing you'd notice: The wan-
dering malcontent (or exile, we're
never sure) persona in which his best
and most personal songs were writ-
ten ("Random Rules," "Send in the
Clouds," "The Wild Kindness") has

broken down, literally and figurative-
ly, and found a home.
He's relegated his traveling com-
panion, former Pavement frontman
and accomplished abstract solo-rock-
er Stephen Malkmus, to guitar and
built a settlement around his partner-
ship with his wife, Cassie. Her qua-
vering soprano doesn't even come
close to blending with Berman's gruff,
atonal sing-speak; it acts as an oppo-
site, her comforting backup echoes
providing a side-byside comparison
to the road-worn confessions of her
husband. The new album's expanded
lineup, The Tanglewood Numbers
Band, also includes brooding singer/
songwriter Will Oldham, experimen-
tal Chicago musician Azita Youssefi
See SILVER, Page 11A


"I guess I died tryin'."


By Zach Borden
Daily Arts Writer

You've heard the story - the myth, if you will.
Born and raised in Queens without a father, Curtis
Jackson was only eight years old when his drug-
dealing mother was murdered. Taken in by his
grandparents, the future rapper and entrepreneur
amassed a rap sheet in his teens for selling drugs.
Then, the now-legendary, defining moment of his
life - getting shot nine times - slowed Jackson's
(now known as 50 Cent) progress as an aspiring
rapper. He survived to become one of this genera-
tion's most popular cultural icons.
If you think this sounds like a movie, then you're
partially right. Taking the "8 Mile" route a la Eminem,
50 has given creative license for his life story with "Get
Rich Or Die Tryin'," which is now playing nationwide.
In the film, 50 Cent plays Marcus, a drug dealer who
dreams of becoming a rapper, suffers a personal trag-
edy and turns his life around.
Making a full-length feature proved to be a
big transition, especially since 50 had previously

worked only on music videos. "When making a
video, you spend a lot of time performing directly
into the camera," 50 Cent said. On film, you're
never supposed to look at the camera. It was some-
thing I had to get used to." And while he didn't
take acting lessons ("I didn't read Shakespeare"),
he did have an acting coa-h to guide him through
the script's several drafts.
Guiding 50's life on screen was Oscar-nomi-
nated filmmaker Jim Sheridan ("In America"),
who directed the film. It may seem like an unlikely
match, but for 50 Cent, it proved worthwhile. In
preparation to work with the renowned Irish direc-
tor, 50 Cent watched Sheridan's previous films.
"Jim was great ... I was excited about working with
him. Me and Jim, we kick it. You look at him, he's
from Dublin. It's different from South Jamaica,
Queens. But he got the actual behaviors and mood
of (the place) all on film," 50 cent said.
As to whether the fictionalized version of his life
can compare to what actually happened, the newly
trained thespian said that it could "recapture the
mood of the actual situations, but it doesn't emulate

the same way." 50 was clear about the key differ-
ences between his experience and the screen version:
"In the film, I'm shot in a car. In real life, I wasn't in
a car. I got a grandmother who calls me while I'm
getting shot. My grandmother never called me. She
was in my front yard. It's good, but it's different."
50 said recreating his infamous shooting didn't both-
er him - but the operation that followed was a differ-
ent story. "I was on a table and it took us about eight
hours (to shoot). I had on prosthetics, make-up ... all
this stuff so I couldn't really move," he explained. For
me, I had been in that actual place before. When I got
done with that scene, I wasn't really in the mood to talk,
so I went to my trailer to relax."
If having your own line of Reebok sneakers, fla-
vor of VitaminWater, a video game starring you
and your hip-hop posse and even a guest spot on
"The Simpsons" constitutes the American dream,
then 50 has certainly achieved it. So what else is
there for the superstar to accomplish? "I'm always
looking for new things," he said. What about anoth-
er stab at acting? "I won't (act) again until I find a
script that is exciting enough."

Audiosiave guitarist Tom Morello performs at th ox
Theatre on Saturday.

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