Reviews

10 Oct 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Modeselektor: Hello Mom!

The next time you're wandering around the record store and thinking to yourself 'Man, I really wish I could find a CD that, like, really rokked', look no further than our German homies Modeselektor.

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	The King of France: The King of France

NYC band's latest release (its first with all band members involved) is quirky and accessible, roughly one non sequitur away from Robyn Hitchcock-caliber idiosyncrasy.

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	COB: Moyshe McStiff and the Tartan Lancers of the Sacred Heart

Three men chase their dreams in the fields of Scotland. Thirty years later, fans no longer have to chase their records. Moyshe McStiff and the reissue treatment.

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	Constantines: Tournament of Hearts

Canada's Constantines attempt to try something new, with decidedly mixed results.

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	Celebration: Celebration

The album is a celebration of sorts as this trio relies heavily on keyboards and some wild wails to get their distinctive brand of rock across.

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A straw poll of reactions to the new material ranged from raised eyebrows to suggestions that the group change their name to the Bluegrass Rebel Motorcycle Club...

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Drawn Together - Season One

The roommates are dysfunctional, narcissistic wrecks who fall in and out of fake love, toasty hot tubs, and bottomless Jack Daniels bottles (literally, since this is a cartoon).

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It’s Called a Breakup Because it’s Broken: The Smart Girl’s Breakup Buddy by Greg Behrendt and Amiir

Behrendt's latest offers the same obnoxious bottom-line as the first: You may be a superfox, but all of us are desperate losers just dying for love and approval.

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

For all its possibilities -- and its crazily pleasant animations --the movie takes a more or less conventional narrative shape.

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	Various Artists: The Motown Box

A testament to the label's great achievements, and an absolute joy to hear.

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	Various Artists: Visions of an Inner Mounting Apocalypse: A Fusion Guitar Tribute

Guitar monsters pay tribute to a great jazz-rock fusion band with less than stellar results. There's no bliss here, just sledgehammer noise.

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	Ciaran Tourish: Down the Line

Altan fiddler and whistle player toots his own strong horn with some help from Alison Kraus, Tim O'Brien and Jerry Douglas among others, melding mountain and Celtic music into one.

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9 Oct 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Mouse on Mars: live04

This will come as something of a disappointment to diehard Mouse on Mars fans who may have been expecting something more exhaustive.

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	The Hard Lessons: Gasoline

Solid Motor City garage debut elevated by boy-girl vox... and is that a country twang I hear?"

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	Osvaldo Golijov / Luciano Berio: Ayre / Folk Songs

Using Folk Songs as a starting point and the lovely voice of Dawn Upshaw as inspiration, Golijov has created a work of remarkable breadth and nuance.

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	Franz Ferdinand: You Could Have It So Much Better

For once, a heavily-hyped follow-up that lives up to expectations. We're lucky lucky, we're so lucky.

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9 Oct 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Sheryl Crow: Wildflower

Previously underrated, Sheryl Crow returns with a record not worth defending.

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Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)

Cute but not aggravating. Witty but not arrogant. Wallace & Gromit is a clever send-up of classic horror movies.

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9 Oct 2005 // 12:00 AM

In Her Shoes (2005)

In Her Shoes is formula of the quality sort. Formula that showcases big performances and metaphors, and mood-indicating rock songs.

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Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)

Shot in exquisite black and white, George Clooney's portrait of Edward R. Murrow is partly reverential, partly probing.

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