Capsule Reviews

Thursday, December 7 2006

Sprites: Modern Gameplay

Even if they write interesting lyrics, pop musicians will be destined for insignificance if their music is no good. Fortunately, Sprites demonstrate melodic gifts and


Copeland: Eat, Sleep, Repeat

Which “Co” do you like better: Coldplay or Copeland?  You’ll probably say the former, ‘cos you may not have heard of the latter,


Roy Milton: Specialty Profiles: Roy Milton

Jump blues-jazz, very accomplished, solidly bejewelled with Camille Howard's boogie piano, good jazz solos, and Milton sang well.


A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility by Taner Akcam

To put it bluntly: In those dying days, Ottoman leaders killed most of Turkey's Christians, just as Nazi Germany would kill most of its Jews.


Jake Stigers: No Vacancy

Soulful guitar rock with a Southern-fried charm.


Wednesday, December 6 2006

Fresh Maggots: Fresh Maggots… Hatched

In any other year, Fresh Maggots… Hatched would easily have claimed the title of best maggot-themed album of the year. Released in 1971, it will instead


Hamilton de Holanda Quintet: Brasilianos

Hamilton de Holanda plays a 10-string mandolin. He plays it really really well.


One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson

Yes, Virginia, there is another mystery writer in Scotland besides Ian Rankin.


The Tongue: Bad Education EP

New Aussie hip-hop fails to add much to a soon-to-be-bloated scene.


Not To: New and Selected Poems by Elaine Terranova

Like the process of becoming experienced, these poems ask us to pay attention.


AG: Get Dirty Radio

Still enough of a giant.


Tuesday, December 5 2006

Ronee Blakley: Welcome

She may have played a bigger country star in Nashville than she ever became in the actual music industry, but Ronee Blakley’s largely forgotten


ActionReaction: 3 Is the Magic Number

Emocore has lost another soul to the allure of indie rock.  Jason Gleason, ex-frontman for Further Seems Forever, has joined forces with old friends,


Pattern Is Movement: Canonic

Tiny Telephone engineer Scott Solter re-interprets the fractious avant pop of Pattern Is Movement


That Handsome Devil: That Handsome Devil

A jazzy, spacey kind of specimen that plods along with some crazy but great arrangement behind it.


Monday, December 4 2006

Susanna and the Magic Orchestra: Melody Mountain

Norwegian songstress and Jaga Jazzist vet spin songwriting straw (and a few classics) into strange and luminous gold


M Coast: Say It in Slang

M Coast continues where Marshmallow Coast left off, which is just fine.


The Beautiful Girls: Water

A follow-up to the US debut of earlier this year, Water collects 11 tracks from the Beautiful Girls’ three Australian releases pre-We’re Already Gone. The


James Cooper: Second Season

With a string of musical influences that run from Richard Hawley to Dylan to the Waifs and Crowded House, James Cooper knows what makes a


Sunday, December 3 2006

Shiny Toy Guns: We Are Pilots

Shiny Toy Guns revel in being retro-pop, so it should come as no surprise that the inviting and punchy “You Are the One” is a


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Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

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"The social-media companies have largely succeeded in persuading users of their platforms' neutrality. What we fail to see is that these new identities are no less contingent and dictated to us then the ones circumscribed by tradition; only now the constraints are imposed by for-profit companies in explicit service of gain.

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