'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
	The Deathray Davies: The Kick and the Snare

After a dark pop detour with his last album, Deathray Davies frontman John Dufilho returns with 11 bright, shiny, intelligent pop songs.

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15 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Coralie Clément: Bye Bye Beauté

Bye Bye Beauté's defining sound is Clément's voice, a supernally girlish whisper floating so absurdly high up in the mix you can hear her gums smacking together.

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	Bird Show: Green Inferno

Town & Country's Ben Vida further explores his fascination with dense percussion, drone, and small chirping creatures.

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13 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

It takes the power of a great man to pull me to the crossroads of shtick and gimmick.

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13 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Indie kids are not enough. UK grime will get lost as a minute blip unless it manages to infiltrate the hip-hop scene that helped spawn it.

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Star Trek: Enterprise - The Complete First Season

One could argue that Star Trek: Enterprise's liberal ideology is a reflection of the Clinton years.

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13 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Jade Empire

The similarities in story and mechanics to other role-playing games threaten to undermine Jade Empire's goals.

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13 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Volcano High (2001)

Instead of building to a final showdown, the movie seems one continuous climax that is completely exhausting.

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13 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Unleashed (2005)

At once ferocious and delicate, brilliantly choreographed by Yuen Wo-Ping, the fights are like dance numbers.

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13 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Mindhunters (2005)

In Mindhunters, the relationship between realness and not is especially fraught.

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//Mixed media
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"Rock Never Dies" Takes Shots at Celebrity Culture In a Surprisingly Effective Episode

// Channel Surfing

"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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