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Thursday, November 30 2006

Walt Disney, The Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler

The first half of Neal Gabler's meaty tome on 20th-century America's favorite uncle has the unexpected effect of making a reader want to watch cartoons.


All India Radio: Each Other

The music possesses a brittle, crystal clarity that evokes being alone on deserts of sand or a distant planet with an oxygen free atmosphere.


Wednesday, November 29 2006

Team Doyobi: The Kphanapic Fragments

Team Doyobi occupies a space of the experimental electronic spectrum somewhere between the eight-bit screech of Dat Politic (with whom they’ve appeared on old


Various Artists: Trampled: The Elefant Traks Remix Album

Despite some highlights, the mix never really takes off


Scanners: Violence Is Golden

An intense, beautifully dark rock album that evokes the Pretenders and PJ Harvey.


Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette by Sena Jeter Naslund

Marie Antoinette started out as what we today would call dumb as a stump.


Cute Is What We Aim For: The Same Old Blood Rush With A New Touch

This group has much to say, but lacks the right words to say it all.


Hugo of Anthropia: A My Favourite Things Short Take: Iron Maiden for Maidens

One musician's method for converting the ladies and curing heavy metal loneliness.


The Awkward Stage: Heaven Is for Easy Girls

With smart lyrics, thoughtful arrangements, lots of hooks, and an early autumn mood, Heaven Is for Easy Girls is a sure winner for lovers of indie pop everywhere.


FM3 and Dou Wei: Hou Guan Yin

Could we really have been expecting them to top the Buddha Machine?


Tuesday, November 28 2006

Astronomy Class: Exit Strategy

You need more than just dub to differentiate yourself from the host of Australian hip hoppers making CDs in their b-e-drooms.


Softcomplex: Barcelona

An all too lightweight release from a so-called supergroup.


Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon

Thomas Pynchon requires commitment.


The Horrors: The Horrors EP

The Horrors formula is ridiculously simple: they’re simply a modern update of the weird “96 Tears” crooners ? & the Mysterians.  A little bit of


Robin Guthrie: Everlasting

Ex-Cocteau Twin follows up his recent solo album with four more lush instrumentals that sound just like his old band without the words.


Two Five: Who is Two Five

Two Five couldn't out-rap my grandma.


Monday, November 27 2006

The Close: Sun, Burn

The Close used to sound like a band anxious to be discovered, but on Sun, Burn, they sound a little like one that hasn't been.


Shes Such a Geek! Women Write About Science, Technology and other Nerdy Stuff by Annalee Newitz and

In circus parlance, a 'geek' is a sideshow performer who does disgusting things such as bite the heads off live chickens.


Jason Darling: Settling Dust

Jason Darling grew up around Woodstock. Yes, the older Woodstock, not the “mud people” NIN-memorable version. But don’t let that fool you, there’s


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