Reviews

6 Apr 2007 // 5:40 AM

The Hoax (2006)

Even as The Hoax works to wring emotional consequence from its many layers of lies, you're hard-pressed to believe it.

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6 Apr 2007 // 3:00 AM

Whole New Thing (2005)

Despite the promise of its representation of queer childhood, Whole New Thing ends up telling the same old story.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers

As John Frusciante belligerently chastised the crowd -- Peppers fans through and through -- for having little understanding of music outside of what’s played on MTV, one couldn't help but wonder: what the heck's happening here?

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5 Apr 2007 // 11:04 PM

Jessie & Layla: Kinetic

Kinetic, the debut full-length from Irish sister duo Jessie & Layla, is one of the happiest little surprises of early 2007.

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Backyard Tire Fire: Vagabonds and Hooligans

Backyard Tire Fire is one of those bands that you just hate. Not because they’re terrible, but because they’re a band so unique, distinct, amazing and talented that you get frustrated about them getting ignored by the mainstream again and again.

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David Rovics: Halliburton Boardroom Massacre

This may be David Rovics' 14th album, but you'd be mistaken to think that the American protest singer and anti-war activist has lost any of his passion or fight.

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Gandhi (25th Anniversary Edition) (1982)

The filmmakers tend to aestheticize, rather than dramatize, Gandhi's politics, but despite its superficialities, Gandhi remains eminently watchable a quarter of a century after its original release.

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5 Apr 2007 // 11:01 PM

Baby Teeth: The Simp

"The Birds Are Crying" is a lot like Foreigner's "Double Vision". But with more dancing.

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Maylene and the Sons of Disaster: II

Post-hardcore and Southern rock do battle on the Alabama band's second album, and this time out, the good guys win.

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Todd Snider: Peace, Love and Anarchy

Snider gives us a peek into his workshop, and shows us that he puts his songs together with care -- but that he also has a little fun in the process.

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

Hamid gives us the actions, we create the motives.

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Various Artists: The Birmingham Sound: The Soul of Neal Hemphill Vol. 1

Like other recent reissues of rare R&B and soul music, this is a glimpse into a recess of region-specific American music that has gone largely unheard for three or four decades.

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5 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

Mario Hoops 3-on-3

Anybody who's ever watched the end of a blowout basketball game can see the value in a super-risky, ultra-rare power-up 20-point basket.

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Dirty Looks: Dirty Looks/Turn It Up

Outside its own scope, this flash-in-the-pan reissue invites some broader rexamination of the post-punk years.

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Terrorstorm: A History of Government Sponsored Terrorism (2006)

Jones is no historian: the wider public, to whom Jones seems to aim his documentary, will require more concrete evidence before they join him behind the bull-horn.

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5 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

Various Artists: Ame… Mixing

With skillful mixes of pioneers, such as Coldcut, and to the more obscure, such as, Dutch wave band New Musik, the album isn’t for glow stick weekend superstars.

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5 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Greencards: Viridian

An appealing, largely acoustic-based sound likely to charm fans of artists as diverse as Norah Jones, Alison Krauss and Nickel Creek.

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Various Artists: Thisish Vol. I: Hosted by Large Professor

I'm not a music critic, but I play one on TV. And when I need a hot album to unwind to at the end of the day, I choose Thisish. Because this…is…the ish.

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5 Apr 2007 // 10:59 PM

The Mosaic Crimes by Giulio Leoni

A medieval poet an is unlikely sleuth in The Mosaic Crimes, as odd a thriller as you are likely to come upon.

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Peter Pan (2-Disc Platinum Edition) (1953)

Peter Pan draws an unforgiving line between pure, dreamy childhood and boring, compromising adulthood.

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