Reviews

9 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Alexisonfire: Crisis

Already stars in Canada, it's the perfect time for Alexisonfire to meet with similar success south of the border.

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9 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Hazmat Modine: Bahamut

Bahamut is old New York huckster showmanship, hopping with exaggeration and bravura; it's also a cross-cultural collaboration, a celebration of pre-1950s American musical pop culture, and a polished piece of work.

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Hour of the Wolf: Power of the Wolf

The Hour of the Wolf’s EP isn’t an hour long, rather a third of that duration. Nonetheless, they do have some power over

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Plutonic Lab: Codes Over Colours

Codes Over Colours, which was released back home in Australia at the end of last year, is Plutonic's third solo album, and reflects a busy, confident producer at the top of his game.

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Thomas Dybdahl: One Day Youll Dance For Me, New York City

Norwegian singer-songwriter makes good with New York City.

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Black Helicopter: Invisible Jet

Bored indie rockers never take flight on debut.

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)

You know a trend has crested and collapsed by the time Michael Bay gets a hold of it.

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6 Oct 2006 // 4:05 AM

Little Children (2006)

If Little Children is pedantic and sometimes smug in its judgments, it is also painful.

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Hairshirt: Lover Politician

Neither itchy, uncomfortable, nor R.E.M., this EP is a solid if middle of the road mix of '80s influences.

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6 Oct 2006 // 2:00 AM

The Departed (2006)

The Departed's understanding of identity is deeply rooted in place and culture -- South Boston, Irish Catholicism, masculine rituals.

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Various Artists: Bargrooves Citrus

Another solid, if not groundbreaking, dose of jazzy/soulful house from Ben Sowton and Co.

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Krays - Geordie Connection (2004)

Rather than delving into the multitude of cultural ramifications posed by twin, bisexual crime lords, the film instead is satisfied merely to offer up a hodgepodge of disconnected video clips.

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6 Oct 2006 // 1:00 AM

The War Game (1968)

The skill and imagination with which The War Game believably crafts a disaster narrative from the days and weeks immediately preceding and following a nuclear attack on Britain are such that it feels convincingly real -- a shrewd and somewhat uncharacteristic precedent for the "mockumentary" genre.

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Jerry Lee Lewis: Last Man Standing

Sun Records, the IRS, alcohol, and marrying his 13-year-old second cousin had been the brunt of Jerry Lee Lewis' legacy -- until now. Here's a "duets" record that actually works completely.

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Elton John: The Captain & The Kid

In seeking to replicate the effect of their classic 1975 album Captain Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy, John and Taupin have only succeeded in shining a spotlight on their own inadequacies.

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6 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Someday Well All Be Free by Kevin Powell

In this regard, unlike many in the hip-hop community, Powell resists a parochial black nationalism and a truncated heterosexism. The "all" in the title of this book means ALL.

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6 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ludacris: Release Therapy

After four records, hearing the phrase “Ludacris has a new album” is well less a cause for actual anticipation than a autofired obligation, a low-risk low-reward investment, like a Coke, or a sitcom, or a sack of pizza rolls.

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6 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Dragon Head Vol. 1-3

It's a strange sight, this poignant evidence of creative thought by the characters, as moving as it is confusing.

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6 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Dan Bern: Breathe

Breathe finds a Dan Bern whose Big Ideas have gotten smaller, as he tries to parse the personal relationships and struggles of everyday Americans.

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Señor Coconut and His Orchestra: Yellow Fever!

German maverick remakes Japanese synth pop in traditional Latin styles. If he were Swiss, he'd be called Yello.

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