Capsule Reviews

Tuesday, November 14 2006

Justice for All: Earl Warren and the Nation He Made by Jim Newton

In the years after he named Earl Warren as chief justice, President Dwight Eisenhower made clear he regretted the choice, calling it one of his biggest mistakes.


Does It Matter? by Graham Dunstan Martin

[Martin] is as much at odds with Professors Dawkins and Dennet as was Stephen Jay Gould.


Dead Poetic: Vices

Dead Poetic is not quite a cookie-cutter rock band, mainly because there’s no blood-curdling wail in the opening minutes. Dead Poetic relies on strong


Cassy: Panorama Bar 01

Berlin and minimalism is almost a cliché at this point but the truth is, Cassy pulls it off with flair on this satisfying mix.


Monday, November 13 2006

National Eye: Roomful of Lions

Was it one of the city’s weekly papers that called National Eye Philadelphia’s version of Radiohead? Not so fast… Though National Eye have


Malena Pérez: Stars

Stars is a celebratory album, and also a happy one. Singing, "What if I told you that you're beautiful? / Would you believe?" Pérez sounds sincerely interested in the answer.


David Mallett: Midnight On The Water

Like maple syrup, a little bit of Mallett can go a long way, but this disc provides some welcome sweetness.


Autovaughn: Space

Autovaughn's Space is like modern rock radio, except indie-er.


The Ratchets: Glory Bound

On their second album, the Ratchets serve up meat and potatoes punk rock with a pinch of reggae. Unsurprisingly, they sound the Clash circa 1978.


Sunday, November 12 2006

Various Artists: The Source Presents Fat Tape Compilation Volume One

These thug tales provide an escape from the safety of the suburbs. Danger lurks everywhere on the songs here.


Sven Libaek: Inner Space: The Lost Film Music of Sven Libaek

There's a lightness of touch and a breezy, jazzy atmosphere to these 12 Sven Libaek Australian film-score compositions from the '60s and '70s.


Dig Dug

Dig Dug further cements Namco's image as fortunate sons of context and circumstance.


Counterclockwise

Like the light cycles in Tron, you're in control of futuristic vehicles that leave solid walls in their wakes.


Starlit Zone Fighter

You're a disembodied head spitting fruit at all manner of monsters. Any questions?


Ira: The Body And The Soil

Germany's Ira is a group that wants to rock out, but ends up plodding along.


Friday, November 10 2006

Tim Hecker: Harmony in Ultraviolet

While “Whitecaps of White Noise” is in fact the title of a standout two-part suite for static and disintegrating synthesizer from Tim Hecker’s latest


Thursday, November 9 2006

Red Sparowes: Every Red Heart Shines Towards the Red Sun

The Red Sparowes’ Every Red Heart Shines Towards the Red Sun contains elements that are driving building to elements that are fast, and the resultant


Dr. Dog: Takers and Leavers

Five guys and six songs equals 23½ minutes of rambling, lo-fidelity pop. The EP is fun in a goofy way.


Zea: Insert Parallel Universe

Copious quirk and a sense of humor. What's not to like?


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