The Beach Boys: Becoming the Beach Boys

The Beach Boys: Becoming the Beach Boys

By John Paul

Becoming the Beach Boys offers a comprehensive glimpse into the embryonic stages of one of America’s finest pop groups. 26 Aug 2016 // 2:30 AM

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Wonder Showzen: Season One

Wonder Showzen's signature mix of the disturbing and the absurd makes for searing satire and whipsmart TV.

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12 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Doctor Who

Doctor Who retains the old Who's oh-so-British irreverence, so it actually lives up to the appellation 'kid's show for adults'.

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12 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

While the movie's poetry is often stunning, the DVD docs are decidedly and disappointingly banal.

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12 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Karsh Kale: Broken English

This is Kale's most diverse and daring album yet; he moves into some genres that even he hasn't tried yet, and it really loosens up his urban/Indian/worldbeat groove.

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12 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Vines: Vision Valley

The Vines are polished so shiny by Capitol on their new record you can see yourself in the reflective, glossy black of the CD booklet.

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David Gilmour: On an Island

Third official solo album finds the Pink Floyd guitarist/vocalist mostly free of the weight of that band's legacy. Hence the album is content and effortless, maybe too much so.

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12 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Manu Katche: Neighorhood

A crystalline ECM session featuring a pop drummer, Tomasz Stanko, and Jan Garbarek -- but really too gentle for its own good.

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12 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Calexico: Garden Ruin

Garden Ruin sounds a bit like Calexico followed their muse out into the uncharted desert as far as they could, and then returned to town to shower, shave, reflect, and stock up on supplies

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Various Artists: Hefty 10 Digest

Running the gamut from IDM to alt-hip-hop with strong roots in both the progressive soul and free jazz sounds, Hefty arrives at an approachable middle ground between wonky noise and shiny pop -- a rather pleasant juxtaposition.

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12 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Chris Murphy: Elbow Room

Aussie musician seems to take Crowded House's debut album to heart with consistently well-crafted, harmony-heavy pop jewels.

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The Specter of Multiplayer Hangs Over 'Door Kickers'

// Moving Pixels

"Door Kickers is not a multiplayer game, but for a while there, I couldn’t tell the difference.

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