Reviews

8 Jan 2007 // 11:00 PM

Dirt

Apparently, this is how you do dirt in Hollywood. Surfaces seem bright and pretty until they're subjected to the grainy, garish tabloid long-lens shot.

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Grease: Youre the One that I Want

A theatre director told me once that you can judge the quality of a show by how long it takes before you look at your watch. I was watching the clock 12 minutes into the 90-minute premiere.

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Dirty Faces: Get Right With God

The second installment in a scruff, poetic panorama of turn-of-the-century America, Get Right with God turns from Superamerican‘s hard-rock dissection of patriotism towards an

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Thumbtack Smoothie: Fall Back

Fall Back is a unique take on electronic beatmaking, and therefore heartily recommended to the adventurous.

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8 Jan 2007 // 8:01 PM

Victory: Fuel to the Fire

Middling '80s metal band covers own songs, yielding middling results.

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8 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

Mary Mary + Take 6

Christmas can be a time for quiet reflection or loud partying. Of course, there's nothing wrong with doing both at once...

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Carly Simon: Into White

Into White serves the legacy of Carly Simon very well... it is a gift for the soul that holds up well beyond waking up from that afternoon nap.

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O.M.F.O.: We Are the Shepherds

O.M.F.O.’s merging of Eastern folk and Kraftwerkian dub on the Essay label is therefore only as surprising as, say, finding Osama bin Laden in his cave listening to Joe Meek.

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8 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

Tringo

How is it that Tringo has become so popular? Why, its association with gambling, of course.

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Lyrics Born: Overnight Encore

I would rather that Lyrics Born just knuckled down and gave us another studio album, for chrissake.

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Song of the Crow by Layne Maheu

What makes the novel appealing, though, is less the novel's dogma than its ability to conjure a world orientated around song, flight, and roosts, and its "strange pity" for human and crow alike.

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The Smithereens: Meet the Smithereens

This fun and faithful tribute to Meet the Beatles marks the welcome return of the once-great Smithereens and a passionate ode to a nearly forgotten, seminal Fab Four LP.

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8 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

Boston Legal - Season 2

Boston Legal, fashioned out of the decaying corpse of The Practice, alternates its vaudevillian cases with ones involving pungent social issues.

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Beatnik Filmstars: Barking (A Collection of Oddities)

The self-proclaimed British version of Guided by Voices releases a 31-track compilation of rarities and abnormalities.

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Natalie MacMaster: Yours Truly

Cape Breton lass does the island proud yet again with an record that keeps her string of quality fiddle efforts going as smoothly as her playing.

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Magma: Volcanic Disaster (2006)

As a lifelong connoisseur of bad disaster movies, my enjoyment always rises in direct proportion to the innocent awfulness of its production values and the lunacy of its plot.

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Under the Influence of Giants: Under the Influence of Giants

Their debut is so derivative that the overall effect is little more substantial than gossamer.

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8 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

Club dElf: Now I Understand

Now I Understand is a hybridization of the night musics one might find club-hoppin' downtown: jazz, funk, drum n' bass, some dub and turntables.

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Diamond Head: To the Devil His Due [DVD]

One of metal's most influential, yet criminally underrated bands makes its DVD debut, and does not disappoint.

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8 Jan 2007 // 1:00 AM

Inland Empire (2006)

Nikki's story takes her deep inside herself or deep inside the movie industry.No matter how you're inclined to read the film's final dancers, the scene offers a Lynchian Rorschach test. What you see tells you something about you.

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