rob & cheryl ENTERTAINMENT Technique • Friday, October 20, 2000 • 21 page 21 ENTERTAINMENT A hop, zip, and a jump The Squirrel Nut Zippers stay ahead of the bandwagon and go back to basics with Bedlam Ballroom. Page 23 A new Spike Lee joint Bamboozled takes an interesting look at a very un-poltically correct topic— minstrel shows of the 1800s. Page 25 Technique • Friday, October 20, 2000 Pay it back? It’s better to ‘Pay It Forward’ New roads for By Carter Green good deeds like rabbits makes Second ugliest man on campus MPAA Rating: PG-13 the film difficult to pull off. Once Trevor begins doing good deeds, his circle of influence gets very old masters Starring: Kevin Spacey, Helen large, very fast. Hunt, Haley Joel Osment Once again, Haley Joel Os- By Alan Back Director: Mimi Leder ment steals the show. After his Case Closed Studio: Warner Brothers captivating role in The Sixth Sense, Rating: yyyy Haley portrays a middle school What a difference a year makes. kid with big ideas. His enthusi- Ask the members of Blues Traveler and “Think of an idea for world asm sells the “pay it forward” they’ll tell you some stories. Personal trage- change, and put it into action.” idea to the audience, almost dy, health problems, and a long break from Eugene Simonet gave this as- against their will; the plan seems performing add up to a triple whammy signment to his junior high stu- to be an idea destined for fail- that could sideline most other bands built dents every year. Each year, some ure. After all, it operates on the on relentless touring and dedicated fan sup- would find ways to clean up the honor system. port. For one of the pioneer groups on the neighborhood, or make small Hunt does a good job of bal- modern jam scene, though, it’s been a chance change, but no one had ever had ancing a difficult role. Arlene to figure out where to go next and how to an idea with global implications McKinney is an alcoholic, rais- keep everybody coming back for more. until Trevor. ing a child on her own while After Bobby Sheehan, the group’s orig- This movie has a simple working two jobs to make ends inal bassist, died of a drug overdose in New premise. Trevor McKinney took meet. Hunt delivers everything Orleans last August, rumors of a breakup this junior high school social stud- that the audience has come to began to spread among the fans. However, ies assignment to heart. His idea: expect. Compassionate, yet eas- the three remaining members (lead singer/ do something nice for three peo- ily frazzled, Hunt does the best harmonica virtuoso John Popper, guitarist ple. These people are not allowed she can to match Osment’s en- Chan Kinchla, and drummer Brendan Hill) to pay him back, however. They ergy. chose to push on and look for new blood. must pay it forward instead to While Kevin Spacey is an im- By David James / WARNER BROTHERS Several people sat in on bass during a short three more. The very strength Haley Joel Osment gives another spectacular performance as a private tour last November; Chan’s young- of Trevor’s plan to reproduce See Forward, page 22 junior high kid trying to change the world—literally—in Pay It Forward. er brother Tad ended up with the job. He had been involved with a band dur- ing his time at Brown University and con- ‘Jurassic Park’ roars again in divine DVD tinued with them on the New York music scene, also touring up and down the East Coast. After the group broke up, he began By Jayson Wehrend provided an interesting vision Due to the legal entangle- Movie: Someone deserves a to play with other bands around the city Yay, he’s back! of the events chronicled there- ments involved with the possi- lot of credit for this film trans- while considering his options. in. For the average moviegoer, bility of a fatal accident, he needs fer. It’s not often that I find a “I was kind of at a point where I was Before the worlds of movies they got a movie with mind- experts to sign off on the park to DVD that’s practically flawless. thinking, ‘I need to be making some more and video games finally took over blowing spe- continue con- Where are all the specks? Surely money; I’ve been in the city five years play- my mind, my chief obsession cial effects and struction. He there has to be some pixeliza- ing around’—I was going to pull that back was dinosaurs. I could rattle off a soundtrack gets them in tion somewhere! Good luck find- a little and start trying to make more mon- an enormous number of dino that was equal- the form of ing it. Like most avid DVD ey free-lancing on the computer stuff.” He names, behaviors, and descrip- ly dazzling. Every scene on the Dr. Grant watchers, I flinch at using the had been working on Web page design and tions like any other good child A rich DVD came off clear (Sam Neill), words “reference quality,” but programming as a side job before being of the 80s. amusement Dr. Sattler this disc came blessedly close. asked to audition for Blues Traveler. When I was in junior high park owner sets and clean; even in (Laura Dern), Every scene came off very clear On the other hand, new keyboardist (and already starting down the out to make the brightest and Dr. Mal- and clean, which is quite a task Ben Wilson had been thinking about going dark path of video games), I en- the greatest colm (Jeff when you think about this mov- into carpentry after leaving his own group countered the book Jurassic Park park ever cre- daylight, the Goldblum). ie. You have multiple indoor and in Ann Arbor, Mich. When Popper and by Michael Crichton. I enjoyed ated. Through grassland picture In a severe case outdoor scenes both in bright company visited Austin in February to start it immensely but soon went back some techno- of deja vu, light and almost utter darkness. writing songs for their upcoming sixth stu- to other pursuits. wizardry, he remained pristine. Steven Spiel- Even in the brightest daylight of dio album, they flew in a handful of pro- Like millions of other fans I manages to berg again the grassland area, the picture spective players to audition. Before Wilson eagerly awaited the upcoming create living bi- teams up with remained pristine. found out about the opening, he had been movie and I can proudly say I ological attractions in the form John Williams to create an in- Before I ever got this DVD, I planning to head for the Far East and then saw it at the very first showing. of dinosaurs, freshly resurrected credible movie of animal versus start swinging a hammer back in the States. For fans of the book, the movie from extinction. man. “He was the last one to come in,” Tad See Jurassic Park, page 24 recalled. “It was a unanimous decision— the band just said, ‘You’re the guy.’” The Hurley is bedazzling devil; film falls short new five-piece lineup has given rise to a different sound, both in the studio and in front of an audience. By Gus Ramage, IV ters the Devil, in the shapely “My influences are a lot of old soul Parking IS Satan form of Elizabeth Hurley. songs, like Parliament and their funky bass Satan seduces Elliot into sign- playing. And to bring in the keyboard and MPAA Rating: R ing away his soul by offering organ with Ben, it fills the space where Starring: Brendan Fraser, him seven wishes to improve his Bobby used to be. He was almost organ- Elizabeth Hurley life. After a mere glance at the like in his playing, very wandering and Director: Harold Ramis enormous contract, he signs it psychedelic, and he really filled up a lot of Studio: 20th Century Fox and is given the wishes. To at- that sound while Chan and John used to Running Time: 93 minutes tract women, Elliot decides that solo,” Tad explained. “Now it’s like we’re a Rating: yy he to wish for riches and power. little more rooted in the groove, and Ben Seizing this opportunity to fills a little bit of that space. It’s kind of a Bedazzled is a mildly funny turn his life into hell, Satan puts rootsy, little older sound.” movie about the lengths a man him into the life of a Colombian However, he readily pointed out that would go to get a woman. Elliot drug lord with business and the other elements that make Blues Travel- (Brendan Fraser) is a technical marital difficulties. Once Elliot er what it is are still very much present— support staffer at a San Fran- realizes that things are not going Popper’s limber voice and harp, Chan’s cisco tech firm. His “friends” the way he planned, he always masterful guitar work, and Hill’s dead-steady can’t stand him, and Elliot finds has the option of pressing 666 drumming. The loss of a founding mem- it virtually impossible to talk to on a beeper and be whisked back ber couldn’t break up the act, and neither an attractive woman. to his normal life. could a serious medical crisis. After an embarrassing inci- Elliot finally visits a church Popper checked into the hospital last dent when trying to ask a partic- to talk to a priest about his deal summer, complaining of chest pains, and By Francois Duhamel / TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX ular woman out, he begs for God with Lucifer and see if the pas- Elizabeth Hurley plays a beautiful and ever-seductive version of to help him get the woman of See BT, page 27 Satan in Bedazzled. How can bumbling Brendan escape this one? his dreams. Instead he encoun- See Dazzled, page 22 22 • Friday, October 20, 2000 • Technique ENTERTAINMENT Crossword Tri-Cycled By Kit FitzSimons Raiding Parties of Three 53. Space org. 54. Bully (2 wds) 21. “…maids all ______” (2 wds) 22. Singer Amos 1 2 3 4 5 6 57. Use a foot when you mess up in 26. Sty ACROSS SkiFree? (4 wds) 27. Word with lumbar or “the bar” 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 1. Carry, as a sack of rocks 63. Bill Lann Lee, right now (abbr) 28. “I love Brutus.” 14 15 16 17 4. OSS follower 64. Overly done, as cheesy acting 29. Transcontinental train, for short 7. “Ten minutes ago!” 65. Mailed 30. LXI x IX 18 19 9. Block thrusts 66. Advice 34. See 20 DOWN 20 21 22 23 24 11. Some college students (abbr) 67. Word with soup or shooter 35. Squeal (on) 14. “Memory” with a complete 36. Actress Gardner 25 26 27 28 29 30 collection? (4 wds) DOWN 37. Not even! 31 32 18. Time’s rack neighbor 1. On the______ 38. McGuire’s competition 19. See 11 DOWN 2. My land, and your land 39. Aussie ostriches 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 20. Foot-wiper 3. It’s used to bust a cap in yo’ *ss 42. Tolkien tree 40 41 42 23. CD Club Provider 4. Native Canadians? 43. High intelligence society 24. Dog of Kansas 5. “Mad About You” cousin 44. Honshu city or bay 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 25. The bun falls when you cork the 6. Author Rand 45. With a 43 DOWN grp. (2 wds) bottle? (4 wds) 8. Angel dust (abbr) 46. Tide type 50 51 52 31. Aching 9. Like Pius and his robes 47. All lathered up 53 54 55 56 32. Lynn Reid Banks hero 10. All that’scut out (abbr) 48. “_____ girl!” 33. Score in overtime, otherwise 11. With 19 ACROSS, “Lead 49. It can be pro or proper 57 58 59 60 61 62 you’re out? (4 wds) ______ temptation…” (2 wds) 54. Sound in the night 63 64 65 40. Rant’s partner 12. Arrive at (2 wds) 55. Magneto’s specialty (abbr) 41. Geodesic shape 13. Bend to pick up 56. Boys in Blue HQs 66 67 43. Expose yourself in Hollywood, 15. Frankfurt fellow 58. Play part and it’s on to the beach? (4 wds) 16. Federal property, but run by 59. _____ alai Answers on page 25. Kit, our wonderful crossword guy, apologizes for the 50. Caesar’s “You aren’t, are you?” companies (abbr) 60. Cool cat confusing puzzle last week. We still love him though. Please do this puzzle 51. Aural prefix 17. Morse code parts 61. The Chosen ______ anyway—he promises it’s not as evil. Evil evil evil evil. Evil is a good word. 52. Suffix meaning “participant in” 20. ER staff members (abbr) 62. School org. for mothers no match for Ramis’ last outing, is lost in awkwardness and uncon- about another twenty minutes could Dazzled from page 21 Analyze This, in terms of comedic value. The jokes are not that funny Forward from page 21 vincing drama. The film manages to cover a wide have wrapped up some loose ends. Because of this, the twist at the end tor has any advice for him. The and the sex appeal of Hurley is heavily pressive criminal mind in The Usu- range of popular topics. Single par- comes across as more of an after- priest is not amused, Elliot is es- relied upon to sell the film. al Suspects and pulls off a man in a ent homes and substance abuse coun- thought than as a compelling com- cortedto the police station for a drunk The acting is mediocre, as is nearly mid-life crisis all too well in Ameri- terpoint the challenges of growing ponent. and disorderly charge. While in jail always the case with Fraser. The can Beauty, he is not equipped to up in today’s society and seeking to Overall, Mimi Leder’s direction awaiting his hearing, Elliot talks to only talent Hurley had in the movie pull of the roll of Simonet. As achieve real change. The most diffi- is solid. The plot is complex enough his cellmate and realizes his oppor- was the ability to look out-of-this- Trevor’s teacher, Simonet has his cult part of the movie is listening to to stay interesting. The movie comes tunity to set everything straight. world in skintight leather apparel. own struggles centered around see- the ideas of a kid without losing the across as thought provoking and Harold Ramis (Groundhog Day) Bedazzled would be much improved ing the world past his disfigured idea in skepticism. compelling, despite its limitations directed and wrote the screenplay with a better male lead. With the face. The role comes across as dry Surprisingly, I found this movie in script and casting. It will leave for this movie, a remake of Peter plethora of excellent autumn films, instead of tragic. The potential for was just a bit too short. Many mov- the audience wondering what they Cook’s 1967 version. This film is this one is easy to skip. romance and character development ies drag on too long, but in this case, can do to help pay it forward. Rob got engaged! I am so so so excited. Everyone say “yay Rob!” ENTERTAINMENT Technique • Friday, October 20, 2000 • 23 Zippers raise the ‘Ballroom’ roof Here a band, there a band… By Alan Back territory for “Bent Out of Shape”— these two tracks, though, and you ROXY (3110 Roswell Rd.) COTTON CLUB (152 Luckie St.) Pleasant gas…night-night gas… turn the lights down, sit back, and come to a goofy little treasure in the (404) 874-1993 (404) 233-7699 get ready to be blue. title cut. All eight band members 10/21—Injected, Bend, Steep 10/21—Delirious?, Kendall Payne Artist: Squirrel Nut Zippers Rhythm and blues, Dixieland, sound as if they want to run in dif- 10/22—Buddy Miles, Spoonful James Web site: www.consopro.com/roxy.htm Title: Bedlam Ballroom calypso, and even a little bit of slea- ferent directions; the result is a 10/25—J Mascis and the Fog, 6 Gig Label: Mammoth zy ska rear their heads at times; the Beetlejuice-style romp that could be 10/26—Chris Whitley, Shivaree SMITH’S OLDE BAR (1582 Piedmont Ave.) Genre: Oldies but goodies Zippers practically switch gears on the perfect soundtrack to a carnival 10/27—Vibrolush, Wayne (404) 875-1522 Tracks: 13 the fly, charging through 13 tracks freak show. In other words, this is fun! Web site: www.consopro.com/cottonclub.htm 10/20—Dirty Dozen Brass Band Rating: yyyy in less than 40 minutes. This is the Bedlam Ballroom has more au- 10/21—El Pus, Slangbanger, Justin Hale DARK HORSE TAVERN (816 N. 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There’s a fine line between paying 10/21—The Union, The Johnny Society, 4 Souls 10/25—Stew, Anthony David of place against the likes of Big Bad The disc sags a bit in the middle. respect to the music that came be- 10/25—Whild Peach, Black Pearl, Velour 10/26—Big Sky, Drifting Through Voodoo Daddy and Brian Setzer. “Hush” never really gets out of the fore you and just sounding dated 10/26—1401, Ghost Town, The Wood 10/27—Ultraphonic, Mindseye, Moye, The reason was simple: they didn’t gate, even with guest performer and stupid, and the Squirrel Nut 10/27—Eden, Another Man Down, Lifehouse play swing, and they couldn’t have Andrew Bird providing strings, and Zippers manage to stay on the right Friends of the Family Web site: smithsoldebar.citysearch.com cared less about zoot suits or chain “It All Depends” veers into corny side of it most of the time. Snag this wallets. 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Scotch Bonnet 10/21—Belmont Playboys, White Lights mond organs could be found shar- 10/21—Superjack, Rare Air, Clocked In 10/25—Moto-Litas, Telepathics, Sound Device ing stage space with tight horn sections. 10/24—Pedro the Lion, Death Cab for Cutie 10/26—Rex Hobart, Deanna Vargonna Bedlam Ballroom, their latest trip 10/26—Isotope 217 10/27—Billygoats, Mike Plumb back in time, sports a different line- 10/27—Melt Banana, Telepathics, Drill Team Web site: www.cloun.com/starbar.html up from earlier albums but remains Web site: www.echostatic.com/echolounge true to form. The opening cut “Bed- TABERNACLE (152 Luckie St.) bugs” gets the disc off on the right EDDIE’S ATTIC (515-B N. 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She The Squirrel Nut Zippers, led by Jimbo Mathus (standing, with glasses), leads the band into Duke Ellington return once again to the early days of hot dance jazz on their new album. Congratulations rob & cheryl Becca: “What does the ring look like?” Rob: “Well, it’s sparkly.” 24 • Friday, October 20, 2000 • Technique ENTERTAINMENT ence than any of the other dino- goes into fairly good detail on how Jurassic Park from page 21 saurs in the film. John Williams’s score is faith- the special effects came together. I remember seeing this on TV before GTCN Update was mostly worried about one thing. ning of the movie is a great exam- fully reproduced with some very nice though, so it’s nothing too new. By Rebekah Bardwell How well would such dated (it’s ple. You have terrific low frequency fill-ins thanks to the rear surround After that we have theatrical trail- GTCN Correspondant from 1993, after all) computer graph- roars supported by the shrill screams speakers. This is the sort of ers for all three Jurassic Park mov- ics look? Generally, graphics quali- of the unfortunate soundtrack you ies. They are presented in Dolby This week on Flava 101, ty decreases with the screen size, victim. Sound show off your 2.0 and full frame. Pier gives you food and opin- and I was dreading what the dino- blasts out of the sound system Don’t get too excited about the ions. The African American saurs would look like. front and rear sur- The audio track with. trailer to Jurassic Park 3. It’s only Student Union cookout is the All I can say is that these CG rounds as weap- Extras: Due to some text with dinosaur noises in place to be to hear students’ models are way ahead of their time. ons go off, the blows you away. my choice to go the background. Considering the voices concerning hip-hop, Even now, after movies like The raptor roars, and Tremendous roars, with the DTS ver- quality of the sequel, I’m not too voting, and race issues. Matrix and The Phantom Menace, the doomed work- sion of this disc, I excited about the new movie any- On Phat Videos, Kara goes the CG looks great. I’m still im- er gets ripped pounding footsteps, have significantly way. shopping at Holiday Costume pressed by the realistic motion of apart. and a soaring less extras than if Lastly, there was an interesting and gets essential tips on make- the creatures. The picture on this Although the I had gone with feature called the “Dinosaur Ency- up, accessories, and outfits. DVD will not disappoint. raptors stole the musical score all the Dolby Digi- clopedia.” It goes through all the Watch Kara make a transfor- Audio: Just as the visual effects show in movie hammer your senses tal version. I chose dinos in the movie and explains what mation from sweet Tech stu- blew me away, so did the audio theaters, I think to have better facts are known about them and dent to one of rock’s most track (quite literally in fact). It’s it’s the Tyranosau- (in a good way). sound quality in- where the animal fit into the movie. infamous performers—Elvis. been many, many years since I saw rus Rex that wins stead of some oth- I actually kind of liked it, and thought Flava 101 comes on Mon- Jurassic Park in a theater and now I out on the DVD. er additional it was a worthy addition to the disc. days at 3 and 7 p.m. and remember what it was like. Tre- All of the scenes with the T-Rex goodies. That’s not to say that this Despite the reduced number of Thursdays at 7, and Phat Vid- mendous roars, pounding footsteps, were much more effective, thanks movie doesn’t have any extras. extras I was very happy with this eos comes on Mondays at 3:30 and a soaring musical score all ham- to a healthy output of bass. Every First off there’s the documenta- release. The image and sound are and 7:30 p.m. and Thurs- mer your senses (in a good way). time the animal moves, roars, or ry entitled “The Making of Jurassic the most important part of the movie days at 7:30 on Channel 21. The raptor attack at the begin- just looks around, it has more pres- Park.” James Earl Jones hosts as it anyhow. technique tuesdays. 7 p.m. student services room 137 So it’s a Subway Series. That absolutely sucks. It makes me want to puke. And it made us vote Anthony off the island, cause Chris Young said we had to. ENTERTAINMENT Technique • Friday, October 20, 2000 • 25 ...Two Bits Don’t take ‘Bamboozled’ too seriously—enjoy ...01010101010101... By Jamie Schulz Suffering from theatre booty The other day, while sitting “stumbling across” a violent act, in Psych class, I realized that in- showed that a majority of peo- terpersonal relationships consti- ple will ignore events rather than MPAA Rating: R tute the fiber of all humanity’s attempt to stop them. Reasons Starring: Damon Wayans, Savion existence. Where would we be ranged from “someone else will Glover, Jada Pinkett Smith today without people? call the police” to “it’s impolite Director: Spike Lee Interestingly, the lecture hap- to stare,” one of the most com- Studio: Tri-Star Pictures pened to relate to that very sub- mon thoughts going through my Running Time: 135 minutes ject, so I pulled off my headphones head when witnessing a murder. Rating: yyyy and listened for a while. The professor informed us that The first complete thought I because of her lecture, we were First, you must be given a little heard was a theory stating that better equipped for those situa- history of the Minstrel Show. Made there are two types of love, pas- tions. “When witnessing an act popular when it was begun in 1828, sionate and compassionate. Pas- of violence,” she continued, “you it was once again revived shortly sionate love, which is “intensely will be more likely to say, ‘This after the Civil War. It involved ac- emotional and physical” (um... is one of those Bystander Inter- tors donning blackface (a mixture passionate) is observed in high ventions.’” Either that, or the of charred cork and water spread levels at the start of a relation- student will snap their fingers over one’s face, with lips painted ship. As the relationship contin- and say, “Oh, shoot, what is this? red) and satyrizing the Southern ues, this passionate love is slowly I t was just on that test last week!” Blacks, usually embellishing the al- replaced by compassionate love, Following on the heels of al- ready wild misconceptions and ste- defined as “deep affection, friend- truism was aggression, the obvi- reotypes made in accordance with ship, and emotional intimacy” ous response to altruism…or is the Jim Crowe laws that popped up (in other words, lovey-dovey). that intrusion? The study dis- during the period. Moving on, the professor cussed was one performed by the That said, Pierre Delacroix (Da- By David Lee / NEW LINE CINEMA delved into the topic of altru- University of Michigan to de- mon Wayans) is in a bind. As a producer for Continental Network Tommy Davidson and Savion Glover are two no-names tapped for a new ism—the act of being nice. After termine whether southern males and controversial type of TV show in Spike Lee’s new film, Bamboozled. convincing the class that people were more aggressive than north- Systems (CNS), he needs a show are, in fact, nice sometimes, the ern males. for which his boss is chomping at face routine, but at the offer of money ties up all the loose ends in the re- prof explained the two theories The researchers first tested the bit. (Delacroix’s mantra: “Feed and new clothes, they’re more than maining fifteen minutes of the movie. concerning explanations of al- volunteers’ testosterone and cor- the idiot box.”) willing to take society’s progress a The film winds up being some- truism. tisol levels (hormones linked with Unfortunately, he wants some- few steps back. what of a cross between social com- The first theory is hedonism, aggressive acts), then sent them thing else—to be fired. So he comes The show’s first taping is a bit mentary and satire. Lee runs the which claims that there is no down a hallway under some pre- up with the outlandish idea to pro- rocky to say the least. The audience gamut with the topics, ranging from such thing as an altruistic act. tense. Along the way, someone duce a minstrel show. It’s a show so doesn’t really know what to make “keeping it real” with the rap group We’re always acting for a reward. would bump into them. The in- offensive and politically incorrect of the show, starring Mantan (Glov- (the Mau Maus, headed by Mos The second theory is reciprocal cident was videotaped, with tes- that the network will have a fit. But er) and Sleep-n-Eat (Davidson). To Def) shown in the movie to whites altruism, which basically says, tosterone levels checked again at his boss loves the idea, and so do the Delacroix’s amazement (and hor- trying to act hip and with it, as yes, there is, and no, we’re not. the end of the hall. heads of the network. ror), the show is a runaway hit, with Delacroix’s boss saying that he’s more These two views are arguably The Northerners’ testoster- But what about actors for the audience members donning their black than Delacroix himself. mutually exclusive, but studies one levels actually dropped, and show? Certainly no top-name Hol- own blackface and attending the The verdict on the film really to that end have yet to be per- the tapes showed they were very lywood sort is suitable, or even any tapings. depends on how you want to inter- formed. likely to be amused. The South- lesser-known actor. The solution Filmed with digital cameras (like pret it. Some see it as a return to the Tied to altruism is bystander erners’ testosterone shot up, and comes in the form of two street The Original Kings of Comedy), many cotton-picking, watermelon eating intervention—the action of wit- they were more likely to grab a performers, Man Ray (Savion Glover times handheld, Bamboozled often days of the late 1800s. Others, like nesses to aid in ending violence handy fire extinguisher. of Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da gives a first-person perspective of myself, just see it as another jab at (um...intervention by bystand- Until next time, this is the Funk) and Cheeba (Tommy David- the action. The only problem is that how PC we’ve tried to become. Bam- ers). Studies in this area, most Two Bits Man, and I’ll be avoid- son). Lee tries to cover too many issues in boozled is an enjoyable film. It gives involving unwitting volunteers ing fire extinguishers for a while. At first, the two are apprehen- the limited time frame, and com- a bit of history while still delivering sive about doing the whole black- mits a serious film mistake, as he some good laughs. L U G C I A A S A P P A R R Y T U G S M A T C H G A M E A N D S E T P E O P L E I N T O M A T R C A T O T O D R O P R O L L A N D S T O P S O R E O M R I W I N D R A W O R L O S E R A V E D O M E M O O N S T A R S A N D S U N E S N E O T O A S T N A S A B E A T U P S K I P A J U M P A N D H O P A A G C A M P Y S E N T T I P P E A and it didn’t take ‘em long to decide...that earl had to die! man. there’s nothing like listening to dixie chicks in the office late at night. I love the dixie chicks. they rock. but alas, the cd had to end, and so now we’ve moved on to the cool jazz cd I bought when I was in new orleans over the summer. I must say, n’awlins was very cool indeed. I even rode the streetcar. I had fun. anyway. my friend nick called me last night, and I was sooooo excited! not like he’ll ever see this psa and know how excited I was ‘cause he goes to purdue, but I was very excited. nick saadah is one of my favorite people in the entire world. there. it’s true. so I still don’t know what I’m doing for fall break this weekend. all I know is that I’m going to the football game. then home at some point. in between is the fuzzy part. anyhoo. my life is weirdly uncomplicated right now. I think I like it that way. wait—I know I like it that way. silly sarah. it’s bedtime. Sliver me timbers!! 26 • Friday, October 20, 2000 • Technique ENTERTAINMENT Whether they or any of the other headed up until its last run to date BT from page 21 new songs end up on radio playlists is anyone’s guess, but it’s not two years ago, helped bands such as Widespread Panic and Phish gain ended up having surgery to clear a something that keeps the band awake exposure even without heavy airplay. blocked artery near his heart. Tad at night. “Good songs do make the “The great thing about being in stated that Popper’s health has been radio all the time, but there are other this band is the fans, that grassroots excellent since then—“He’s in prob- songs that—you don’t know what idea that we just tour and that’s ably the best shape since he was the hell they’re doing there,” Tad what we do the best…And it’s cool 16”—and the fans can hear the im- commented. “Songs are on the radio because there’s no influence on the provement. because people are buying the writing end like, ‘We want to get a Blues Traveler’s current tour, albums, or the [publicity] machine hit.’ If it happens, if happens and which began on October 6 and runs has created an album that sells itself.” everyone’s happy. But it doesn’t until Thanksgiving, is a chance for He continued, “With any band, penetrate the ideology of the band.” fans to hear the mix of old and new anyone involved that spends a lot of With or without radio airplay, grooves. It also gives the band a way money is going to say, ‘Hey, we’re the show must go on—and that’s to field-test some of their new ma- going to need something we can play the idea that keeps them rolling from terial and get comfortable with each that will sell the album.’ That’s a gig to gig. When a big guy with a other in a live setting. pressure that’s there, and how a band rifle cartridge belt full of harmoni- After the new album is released reacts to it is kind of its own thing.” cas draped over his shoulders steps (February 2001, by Tad’s estimate), For the most part, Blues Traveler up to the microphone, you know they plan to hit the road again for a chose to deal with that pressure by he and his buddies mean business. full-scale national tour. In the mean- ignoring it and doing what they did time, they will be offering four new best: touring, expanding their fan Blues Traveler will be performing at tracks on their Web site base at every turn, and giving a leg the Georgia Theatre (215 N. Lump- (www.bluestraveler.com) for fans up to fellow road warriors. Tad kin St., Athens) on October 31. Call to download. These songs are from explained that the H.O.R.D.E. (706) 543-6666 to order tickets, or By Paul Natkin / A&M RECORDS the first sessions on which Tad and (Horizons of Rock Developing visit the Theatre’s home page at Blues Traveler (clockwise from back left: Brendan Hill, John Popper, Tad Wilson played with the group. Everywhere) tour, which Popper www.georgiatheatre.com. Kinchla, Ben Wilson, Chan Kinchla) are back on the road with a vengeance. technique recommended by 3 out of 4 dentists Po-ta-to!