Reviews

2 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Liars: It Fit When I Was A Kid EP

This Liars EP is a little last minute, but works as a teaser for their full-length Drum's Not Dead.

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Volcano the Bear: Catonapotato

The height of avant-garage sonic exploration captured in its most feral state.

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The Beautiful New Born Children: Hey People!

Dirty, rough, rambunctious rock and roll! Oh this is not for the faint of heart brothers and sisters. Gather around for sonic bliss a la Is This It.

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controller.controller: X-Amounts

All the musical chops in the world don’t mean squat if you don’t have the songs.

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Desert City Soundtrack: Perfect Addiction

On their second-full length, Portland piano-emo trio mature but fail to make a lasting impression.

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2 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Various: Compost 200

Those who might never before have encountered Compost -- or who may have unfairly dismissed their output as yet more cosmopolitan chill-out crap from the continent -- could probably get a great deal of enjoyment from this disc.

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1 Feb 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Luna brothers -- Jonathon and Josh -- are as talented at marketing themselves as they are at writing and artist chores.

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1 Feb 2006 // 1:00 AM

Lolita Bras

I stood in the back room of New York’s now-infamous Pianos (the club whose monthly residency launched a little act named Clap Your Hands

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1 Feb 2006 // 1:00 AM

The L Word

Now that The L Word has considered many of the broad topics of the day (with the notable exception of a same-sex wedding or commitment ceremony), it can do its own thing.

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1 Feb 2006 // 1:00 AM

Dermaphoria by Craig Clevenger

If an employee, facing prison time like Eric, decides to betray the organization, then Toe Tag is dispatched to issue a severance package.

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Various: Stubbs the Zombie: The Soundtrack

It doesn't take braaaaains to enjoy the simple pleasures of a solid cover album, even when it's in the dicey realm of indie rockers covering classics.

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1 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Darondo: Let My People Go

Darondo is more than just a footnote. Even if his recorded output prior to this release was only six tracks, wow, what a six tracks they were!

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Zulya and The Children of The Underground: The Waltz

Zulya's voice is as silvery as ever, but now she has a better band, and racier, more multilayered tunes.

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Otis Rush: All Your Love I Miss Loving

Before 1966, Otis Rush was a blues legend whose few recordings could hardly be found. In 2006, this tape of a live 1976 gig, finally issued, does everybody justice.

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1 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Paul Weller: As Is Now

The new album from Paul Weller does exactly what it says on the tin. A return to form? Not quite, but not a bad attempt.

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1 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Dimmu Borgir: Stormblåst

The Norwegian black metal greats risk the wrath of their fanbase by re-recording a much-loved early album. Blasphemers!

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1 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Hard-Fi: Stars of CCTV

A heady mix of punk and guitar pop influences, this debut full-length proves the UK act to be exciting, catchy and highly promising.

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31 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

What if people wanted some real life in their Reality TV?

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31 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Ultimate Bull Riding

The disc opens with a montage titled 'Hitting the Dirt.' It could also be called 'Hitting the Horns,' 'Hitting the Rodeo Clown,' and 'Getting the Head Stuck Between the Starting Chute Bars While the Hand Stays Attached to a Crazed Animal.'

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Inked - The Best of Season 1

What's the difference between a bad tattoo and a bad television show? The latter won't last nearly as long as the former.

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