Capsule Reviews

Monday, November 27 2006

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

Roger ODonnell: The Truth in Me

O’Donnell was a significant part of the Cure until his unceremonious ouster by Robert Smith in 2005; he created synthesizer textures, as well as contributed

Evan Stone: Sticks & Stone, Vol. 1

This is the story of a drummer, his sticks, and a tight band.

The Winter Blanket: Golden Sun EP

Minneapolis band makes beautiful music, if you can stay awake for it.

Sunday, November 26 2006

Ellison: Say Goodnight, Sleep Alone

It is not an exact copy of another act, but Ellison's musical composite is an incredible simulation of many.

Strange Wisdoms of the Dead by Mike Allen

When we think of science fiction, we tend not to think of poetry.

Logistics: Now More Than Ever

Debut DJ album from Logistics proves to be valuable and varied.

Wednesday, November 22 2006

Born Ruffians: Born Ruffians

Promising start from charming (if young) Toronto indie-rock Brock-worshippers.

Born Ruffians: Born Ruffians

Warp Records continue to dip their toes into decidedly un-electronic waters, with their latest signing, Born Ruffians. Hailing from Toronto, this trio unleash short, crisp

Eric Chenaux: Dull Lights

Desolation never tasted so sweet.

New London Fire: I Sing the Body Holographic

Electro-pop with a combination of Depeche Mode aesthetics and Oasis sensibilities.

Tuesday, November 21 2006

The Low Lows: Fire on the Bright Sky

On their final album, the duo of Parker & Lily recorded a ballad called “The Low Lows”, all shivery keyboards, barely breathed, slumberous vocals and

MXPX: Let’s Rock

MXPX rocks hard, and sometimes hardly rocks.

Third Wheel: On Account of the Atmosphere

Chicago’s Third Wheel was founded by two life-long friends, Jeremy Babcock and Shawn Schlag, who’ve been performing under that moniker for over a

Inca Ore: The Birds in the Bushes

Inca Ore and Lemon Bear get together and put on a clinic in difficult listening.

Monday, November 20 2006

El Michels Affair: The PJs

Chef Raekwon gets the live treatment.

Sunday, November 19 2006

Daughters: Hell Songs

In which our heroes learn that one doesn't have to be screaming all the time to make great grindcore.

Zombie Nation: Black Toys

Zombie Nation's new disc almost finds a place between indie-centric heavy metal disco and more commercial minded electro.

Hotspur: Beta

This is a debut? Somebody sign these guys already!

//Mixed media

Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

// Marginal Utility

"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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