Reviews

30 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Empires: Napoleon

This is a thorough yet standard PBS documentary, an excellent primer and learning tool.

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DJ Spinna: Intergalactic Soul

DJ Spinna's Intergalactic Soul opens: "From solar system to solar system / ready to blast off again." If you think you've rocked the earth to its utmost, what is the next frontier? Space, of course.

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30 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Matt & Kim: Matt & Kim

Isn't this what punk was originally all about? Stripping music back to an entry-level formula where anyone could hop on stage, bang out vital, messy songs, and have fun?

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30 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

The Seduction (1981)

The Seduction hauls its tired story from opening sequence to conclusion in the manner of the diabolical Derek dragging an adversary’s bloody corpse from Jacuzzi to grave.

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Inside The Actors Studio - Icons

Tuning in to see stars at their most bat-shit loony is one of the most pure forms of contemporary American entertainment, so there is a grain of merit to be found in each episode.

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David Grisman and Andy Statman: New Shabbos Waltz

This is Chasidic music that's meant to evoke the mystical spiritualism of the human connections to God.

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30 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

All India Radio: Each Other

The music possesses a brittle, crystal clarity that evokes being alone on deserts of sand or a distant planet with an oxygen free atmosphere.

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Doleful Lions: Song Cyclops Volume Two

The sequel is usually never as good as the original. But Jonathan Scott hasn't really done anything that seems usual. The result is a very good collection of "throwaway" songs few would consider anything less than great.

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30 Nov 2006 // 2:30 AM

Iraq in Fragments (2006)

A meditation on chaos and coping, the documentary keeps its focus intently on Iraqis.

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Team Doyobi: The Kphanapic Fragments

Team Doyobi occupies a space of the experimental electronic spectrum somewhere between the eight-bit screech of Dat Politic (with whom they’ve appeared on old

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Various Artists: Trampled: The Elefant Traks Remix Album

Despite some highlights, the mix never really takes off

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29 Nov 2006 // 8:01 PM

Scanners: Violence Is Golden

An intense, beautifully dark rock album that evokes the Pretenders and PJ Harvey.

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The Horrors: The Horrors EP

Release the bats! This debut EP by UK "band of the moment" is full of style over substance garage-rock, watered down, cartoon darkness -- and not a lot else.

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Black Label Society: Shot to Hell

"Does anyone have any jumper cables?"

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29 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette by Sena Jeter Naslund

Marie Antoinette started out as what we today would call dumb as a stump.

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29 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Califone

Califone's music has the feel of whiskey soaked nights with no romance, and the dry caress of dust and dementia.

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The Exquisite by Laird Hunt

Does one narrative take place before the other, or are they happening at the same time? The game is afoot."

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Isis: In the Absence of Truth

Even though Isis's musical progression is cautious at best, the band is still miles ahead of its peers.

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Killswitch Engage: As Daylight Dies

'The rise and fall of all we are stands here before us.'

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