Reviews

6 Mar 2007 // 9:03 PM

Huntsville: For the Middle Class

Serene but inventive drone-based music from improvisation-minded Norwegians.

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The Summer Wardrobe: The Summer Wardrobe

Like Texan psychedelic pioneers the 13th Floor Elevators, Austin-based band the Summer Wardrobe enjoy melding traditional country instruments into a heady brew of trippy cerebral

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6 Mar 2007 // 9:01 PM

The Elders: Racing the Tide

When people think of Celtic rock, they often think of the Waterboys or the Pogues. The Elders, with lead singer (and Irishman) Ian Bryne at

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Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006)

If you have ever bought a black-light to create the right ambiance when you played air-guitar on a backwards tennis racket in your parents’ house, then Tenacious D will not disappoint.

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Knitting Under the Influence by Claire LaZebnik

At first I hated this book; then I made peace with it; then I started to enjoy it.

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6 Mar 2007 // 9:00 PM

Mcluhans Wake (2002)

As dangerous as the world seems to be, it is also enchanting; all the more reason to try to understand the ways in which we are being affected, refigured even, by the tools of our own invention.

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Cajmere vs. Green Velvet: Ministry of Sound Sessions

I don't believe that Curtis Jones is mentally ill, but I do think he's having a lot of fun.

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Coleman Hawkins: At Ease with Coleman Hawkins

Taking it easy, to a fault.

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Chip Taylor: This Side of the Big River

This 1975 record from the writer of "Angel in the Morning" is probably the only country record to feature a jazz fusion electric piano breakdown.

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Men Behaving Badly – Complete Series

Rob Schneider has charisma and surrounds himself with funny people, but when it all boils down, the concentrated, Schneider-reduction sauce just isn’t palatable.

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Kristoffer Ragnstam: Sweet Bills

If all it took was exuberance, this Swedish drummer and songwriter would be on every radio station, all the time

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Patriarch: Son of a Refugee

Bay Area rapper Patriarch mines his Palestinian and activist roots to make a debut record that takes aim at ending corrupt government politics, poverty, and ghetto violence.

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Johnny Cash: Cash: Ultimate Gospel

The latest compilation of the Man in Black's spiritually-themed songs offers both religious and secular appeal, particularly with a few previously unreleased tracks for fans to enjoy.

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6 Mar 2007 // 9:00 PM

Riviera: Capital

Why do people say that two many cooks in the kitchen spoil the soup? I’d wager a guess, but people have been saying this

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6 Mar 2007 // 8:59 PM

Lover of Unreason by Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev

This is powerful stuff, and Koren and Negev expertly refrain from injecting opinion into the already intense narrative.

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6 Mar 2007 // 1:00 AM

Gray Matters (2006)

The doctor says, "I think you need to let the idea of sharing your life with someone other than your brother enter your consciousness." No kidding.

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The Morning Stars: You Cant Change The World

This Canadian outfit of brothers Mars and Michael Ivic concoct sweet ‘60s era pop on the cheerful Brit-tinged “Hearts for the Living”.

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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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