'Bar Yarns and Manic-Depressive Mixtapes', or, Music criticism, Minnesota-style

'Bar Yarns and Manic-Depressive Mixtapes', or, Music criticism, Minnesota-style

By Eric Rovie

Jim Walsh’s writing combines heartfelt personal stories with knowledgeable music criticism. Reading this collection feels like having a conversation with an old friend. 5 Dec 2016 // 7:30 AM

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//Recent Reviews

14 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Cave In: Perfect Pitch Black

A band loses its underground fans, gets rejected by the mainstream, and makes the best album of its career.

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	The Boat People: yesyesyesyesyes

This Brisbane band has got the non-pretentious, upward-looking pure guitar pop thing down; the gentle wit, the optimistic, floating melodies, but without the jangly edge of The Shins.

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14 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

Islands (Ex-Unicorns)

Some groups flare up then burn out, and afterwards it's not quite clear what will emerge from the ashes. Will it be a phoenix, or a turkey? Time to find out...

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Project Runway: The Complete First Season

There is more to Project Runway than stereotypically 'gay' entertainment, even if it is relentlessly histrionic and campy.

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14 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

Broken Saints

The story which seems awkward on television fits perfectly in the digital medium.

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Howl for Now: A Celebration of Allen Ginsberg’s Epic Protest Poem by Simon Warner

It's a poem that must be heard, and seen, and felt, a literary 'happening' that can only be captured with divergent artistic facets superimposed and interlaced with each other.

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14 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

King Kong (2005)

Jackson's film makes Ann's admiration for Kong an earnest distraction from her eventual, proper coupledom with Jack (who, even with Brody's Men's Health coverboy abs, can't compete with the potent spectacle of Kong).

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14 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

Bad News Bears (2005)

The DVD extras are mostly valuable for the access they grant to Richard Linklater, who is a terrific storyteller and articulate filmmaker.

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	Various Artists: Love Peace and Poetry: Turkish Psychedelic Music

Turkish folk meshes with American rock and out comes offbeat, psychedelic pop.

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	Rush: R30: 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition [DVD]

On their second release in two years, Rush continue to perfect the concert DVD experience.

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"Season 12's best episode yet isn't perfect, but well-done, with an excellent swan song performance by Rick Springfield.

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