Reviews

29 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

Sophie Barker: Earthbound

It's a shame when moments of such beauty can be swallowed by albums that fall into the same old downtempo traps.

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Dub Syndicate: The Rasta Far I

If you've never heard anything by the Dub Syndicate, this will serve as a good primer. If you are a fan already, waiting patiently until summer 2007 for the new album, then this might sate your appetite until then.

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	PJ Harvey: PJ Harvey on Tour: Please Leave Quietly [DVD]

This tour documentary is able to do what most artists can only dream about: it re-animates PJ Harvey's back catalogue, re-invents her sound palette, and flaunts (in the most positive way) her skill and versatility not only as a singer, musician, and visual artist, but also as a businesswoman.

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The Kids in the Hall: Complete Season 4

If we share Freud's liberationist stance on the power of humor, then no sketch comedy series is more pure and direct in its dissident hilarity than The Kids in the Hall.

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29 May 2006 // 3:00 PM

Winter Soldier (1972)

The men in Winter Soldier stepped forward, spoke truth to power, sought to expose policies and expectations that had gone terribly wrong.

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29 May 2006 // 3:00 PM

Date Movie (Unrated) (2004)

Date Movie is not the spoof it seemingly aspires to. Rather, it's but a dreadfully long catalog of references to other infinitely superior movies.

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26 May 2006 // 2:00 AM

The Proposition (2005)

Nick Cave's The Proposition blends equal parts Walkabout and Sergio Leone's grim atmospherics to illustrate the brutality of imperialism.

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26 May 2006 // 2:00 AM

The Proposition (2005)

Signaling death and dryness, the flies also mark transitions from one location to another: everywhere, it seems, someone is dead or dying.

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X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

It's a superhero movie, so all these choices involve massive destruction -- buildings disintegrating, fireballs flying, bodies detonating.

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26 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Continues the evolution of an iconic character without betraying the fans, creators, and continuity that was established before.

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26 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Guns N’ Roses

G'N'F'N'R, baby. Here we F'N go.

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We Are Billion Year Old Carbon: A Tribal-Love-Rock-Novel Set in the Sixties on an Outpost Planet Cal

It's like a psych-rock album, reveling in its pretensions and subverting the dominant systems (in this case, narrative linearity) as it breaks the form.

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The Politics of Small Things: The Power of the Powerless in Dark Times by Jeffrey C. Goldfarb

Goldfarb examines the day-to-day connections between people that help them escape isolation, loneliness and despair, the very things Arendt identifies as seeds of the terror that totalitarianism reaps.

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Quasi: When the Going Gets Dark

An album of political frustration and rage from the duo, Sam Coomes and Janet Weiss.

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Charalambides: A Vintage Burden

Sparse, delicate and fragile: this serenely hushed free-folk offering contains more genuinely psychedelic moments than most of its overdriven, fuzz-drenched peers ever manage.

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Villalobos, Ricardo: Salvador

Bringing 'dance' to the physically inept, with an eye on Art.

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The Futureheads: News and Tributes

The Futureheads provide the sort of control that leads to recklessness.

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25 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Court and Spark: Hearts

Yet another set of songs in the key of moody California Americana from a band that decided not to stray too far from the comforts of formula.

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25 May 2006 // 11:00 PM

Natacha Atlas: Mish Maoul

Atlas' gorgeous voice presides over the entirety of Mish Maoul, imbuing these songs with a prayerful authenticity that transcends the genre.

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John Long: Lost and Found

Thirty years a young white bluesman, a solid belated debut for John Long

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