Reviews
Cowboy Junkies: Long Journey Home [DVD]

The Junkies have matured, and that's not a bad thing.

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James Hunter: ...Believe What I Say

James Hunter fell under our noses earlier this year with his impressive old school R&B debut album. But wait! His debut album was in 1996?!? I must get with the program.

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Sally Nyolo and the Original Bands of Yaoundé: Studio Cameroon

Some of these musicians seem to be the equivalent of those local groups that play at the pub down the road.

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14 Dec 2006 // 8:00 PM

Nels Cline: New Monastery

Underground PoMo avant shenanigans put an extra shine on some timeless left-field jazz classics.

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Steve Earle: The Definitive Collection: 1983-1987

Summarizing Steve Earle’s amazing career in one disc just isn't possible, but you can't go wrong with any compilation of the master.

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13 Dec 2006 // 11:45 PM

Charlottes Web (2006)

Surprise! There is nothing even remotely offensive or ironic or postmodern about Charlotte's Web.

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Lewis & Clarke: Live On WPRB

There’s a new digital turntable console out there that will read your vinyl records with perfect exactitude, as well as set you back about 15

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13 Dec 2006 // 8:03 PM

Manowar: The Sons of Odin

Killing with power, again and again...

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13 Dec 2006 // 8:02 PM

Roses Pawn Shop: The Arsonist

Rose's Pawn Shop successfully push a bluegrass/old-timey sound onto the bar band stage with the quite fine The Arsonist.

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This Moment in Black History: It Takes a Nation of Assholes to Hold Us Back

TMIBH succeed at making the old-school sound new again, without deviating too much from the original formula.

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Thank You for Smoking (2005)

Naylor doesn't need a "human" face; we love him the minute he offers us a light.

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13 Dec 2006 // 8:00 PM

The Echo Maker: A Novel by Richard Powers

In Richard Powers' world, where technology and humanity are inexorably fused, memory is a mashed-up maelstrom that's random and repetitive, elusive and deceptive.

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Gwen Stefani: The Sweet Escape

Love. Angel. Music. Baby, Part Two: Yodel-lay, yodel-lay, yodel-low!

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13 Dec 2006 // 8:00 PM

Supermodel by David Breskin

Perhaps Breskin went too far into the task of developing a full psychological portrait of a supermodel that he ended up giving her superwoman status as well.

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13 Dec 2006 // 8:00 PM

Pit Er Pat: Pyramids

How to write a hack review of a good album in three easy steps! Just in time for the holidays!

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Various Artists: Science Faction: Grime

BBS has done a great service to those of us who care about such things by inaugurating a brand new mix series devoted to the world of underground sound.

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The Bill Cosby Show - Season One

Not quite Frank Capra in 22 minutes.

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The Cars: The Cars Unlocked [DVD]

This set compiled by Cars front-man Ric Ocasek can be viewed in two ways: As a fan, or as an audio-video purist. The former will be pleased, the latter will be disappointed.

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The Electroluvs: Bubblewrapped

The synthpop on the Electroluvs' Bubblewrapped has more clicks and twirps than a game of Pac-Man, but no less fun.

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13 Dec 2006 // 8:00 PM

Rose Hill Drive: Rose Hill Drive

Don’t say I didn’t warn ya.  Having listened to the promo EP from Rose Hill Drive earlier in the year, the band

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Stone Dead: Murder and Myth in 'Medousa'

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"A wry tale which takes in Greek mythology, punk rock and influences of American suspense-drama, this is an effective and curious thriller about myth and obsession.

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