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Tuesday, May 15 2007

Dungen: Tio Bitar

The band that taught indie kids that it's okay to enjoy jazz flute makes a triumphant return on its fifth album.

Black Book (Zwartboek) (2006)

Broadly drawn and ballsy, the movie features horrendous violence and stupefying melodrama: it's WWII without the usual sober romance, the Greatest Generation meets Starship Troopers.

Sunday, May 13 2007

Wilco: Sky Blue Sky

If you're prone to confusing honest musical maturity with banality, then you'll surely miss out on the treasures of Sky Blue Sky.

Friday, May 11 2007

Day Night Day Night (2006)

Quite brilliantly, Julia Loktev's movie never explains the suicide bomber or makes her strange in order to ease your own mind. Rather, it makes you nervous both for and about her.

Wednesday, May 9 2007

Ike Reilly Assassination: We Belong to the Staggering Evening

Not just a best-of-year record, but maybe an all-timer.

Away from Her (2006)

Both careful and contrived, Away from Her paints marriage as a series of losses, fulfillments, and compromises, infinitely rewarding and painful.

Tuesday, May 1 2007


Brando is most original and inspiring when it looks at Brando's other work. As Bobby Seale remembers, "If I said, 'Constitutional democratic civil human rights,' I mean, it lit him up."

Patrick Wolf: The Magic Position

A bold, romantic album touched by a rare imagination and an indefinable magic -- pop music at its most deliriously inventive and exciting.

Monday, April 30 2007

Feist: The Reminder

Whether listeners take the plunge with Feist into her emotional depths is almost immaterial: The Reminder is an exceptional album that should be experienced solely on the merits its stunning musicality.

Thursday, April 26 2007

Essential Classics - American Musicals (1945)

This is a conformist America as it was defining itself in the mid 20th century, a young superpower looking backwards for grounding. The characters are brash and loud and charismatic.

The Veils: Nux Vomica (Reviews) [26.Apr.07]
The Trials of Darryl Hunt (Reviews) [26.Apr.07]
Bloody Panda: Pheromone (Reviews) [24.Apr.07]
God of War II (Reviews) [20.Apr.07]
The Ark: Prayer for the Weekend (Reviews) [19.Apr.07]
Notes on a Scandal (2006) (Reviews) [16.Apr.07]
Charlie Louvin: Charlie Louvin (Reviews) [16.Apr.07]
America at a Crossroads (Reviews) [16.Apr.07]
El-P: Ill Sleep When Youre Dead (Reviews) [12.Apr.07]
Red Road (2006) (Reviews) [12.Apr.07]
Robert Glasper: In My Element (Reviews) [11.Apr.07]
Bright Eyes: Cassadaga (Reviews) [10.Apr.07]
Super Paper Mario (Reviews) [8.Apr.07]
Hacking Democracy (2006) (Reviews) [8.Apr.07]
Lucky Soul: The Great Unwanted (Reviews) [8.Apr.07]
Various Artists: Radio On [DVD] (Reviews) [2.Apr.07]
Company by Max Barry (Reviews) [1.Apr.07]
The Naked City (1948) (Reviews) [1.Apr.07]
Motherland Afghanistan (2007) (Reviews) [29.Mar.07]
Offside (2006) (Reviews) [23.Mar.07]
Andrew Bird: Armchair Apocrypha (Reviews) [18.Mar.07]
Tinariwen: Aman Iman (Reviews) [15.Mar.07]
The Namesake (2006) (Reviews) [12.Mar.07]
The Host (Gwoemul) (2006) (Reviews) [9.Mar.07]
Amon Tobin: Foley Room (Reviews) [7.Mar.07]
Zodiac (2007) (Reviews) [2.Mar.07]
Lewis Taylor: The Lost Album (Reviews) [28.Feb.07]
Iraq in Fragments (2006) (Reviews) [30.Nov.06]
Shut Up & Sing (Reviews) [19.Nov.06]
Reds (1981) (Reviews) [16.Nov.06]
Babel (2006) (Reviews) [27.Oct.06]
The Queen (2006) (Reviews) [4.Oct.06]
Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Show Your Bones (Reviews) [27.Mar.06]
Downfall (Der Untergang) (2004) (Reviews) [4.Mar.05]
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