Reviews

5 Mar 2007 // 9:03 PM

Damiera: M(US)IC

Damiera plays hyperkinetic, angular indie rock, echoing At the Drive-In, or Coheed & Cambria without the weird prog-rock tendencies.

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Peter and the Wolf: Lightness

I've been putting this off for ages, after seeing Red Hunter's puzzling set at CMJ and feeling that there was already maybe one too many willfully eccentric freak folkers wending his costumed, ethnic-instrumented way through the cosmos.

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Northern Alliance: For the Grains of Sand

The Scottish indie rock band apparently rarely plays live, but for the singing alone I would encourage them to do so.

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5 Mar 2007 // 9:00 PM

Adrianne: Sweet Mistake

You may have heard Adrianne’s song in the Courtney Cox series Friends, er, I mean Dirt.

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My Brightest Diamond: Tear It Down

Cautious, respectful remix album of My Brightest Diamond's operatic debut by a mostly unfamiliar set of remixers

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5 Mar 2007 // 9:00 PM

!!!: Myth Takes

Myth Takes seems to take great pleasure in burying the band's best virtues.

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5 Mar 2007 // 9:00 PM

Microthrills by Wendy Spero

The structure of Microthrills veers a bit from traditional standards of cohesion.

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Steve Swallow with Robert Creeley: So There

Veteran bassist Steve Swallow fuses poetry to jazz and a string quartet, to mixed results.

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Lovedrug: Everything Starts Where It Ends

This album won’t change your life, but for simply being a rock album, it’s a surprising joy.

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5 Mar 2007 // 9:00 PM

Ampop: Sail to the Moon

Iceland's hot new trio bring soothing orchestral numbers and cool indie tracks with the release of their fourth LP.

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5 Mar 2007 // 9:00 PM

Hauschka: Room to Expand

For Hauschka, the pleasures of piano preparation seem to lie in subtle timbral manipulations and accents.

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Canned Heat: Live At Montreux 1973 and Boogie With Canned Heat: The Canned Heat Story [DVD]

As you might expect, the story of the greatest boogie-band of all time is riddled with tragedy, regret and sorrow. But it also contains its own antidote in the form of mind-blowing live footage that reminds just how hard they rocked.

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Zach Galifianakis: Live at the Purple Onion [DVD]

Zach Galifianakis's comedy is bizarrely literate.

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5 Mar 2007 // 8:58 PM

Bloody Ties (2006)

In some ways, I guess, this film’s lack of depth is deliberate, and that is, in some ways, refreshing.

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5 Mar 2007 // 1:00 AM

Mafioso (1962)

First released in 1962, this dark comedy is brilliantly odd, combining neorealist and broadly modernist aesthetics, its black and white compositions so ahead of their time that they still look more inventive than today's films, some 40 years later.

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4 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

Decasia Live

Unthinking indulgence is the easiest way to sink avant-garde art, but does that mean violently decayed films of long-gone camel crossings are automatically overwrought?

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Stephen Kings The Dark Tower #1

The Gunslinger has established himself as one of the most fascinating and compelling characters in modern fiction, yet much of his past is still a mystery.

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4 Mar 2007 // 9:00 PM

Air: Pocket Symphony

Fourth full-length from the French duo of Jean-Benoit Dunckel and Nicolas Godin maintains a modernist style while seriously decreasing the stakes.

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My Teenage Stride: Ears Like Golden Bats

A soft jangle of guitars, a hazy, New Zealand production sheen, the gently melancholy yet sort of humorous lyrics had me thinking I'd stumbled onto some lost Flying Nun outtake.

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The Lazy Boys by Carl Shuker

By the bottom of the page, he's pissed in another sense, too, as his anger and embarrassment about the accident in the toilet lead him to lash out at a woman.

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