Reviews

17 Oct 2006 // 6:00 AM

Harper Lee: He Holds a Flame

He Holds a Flame is an EP that draws you in, wraps you in blankets, and serves you hot cocoa.

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17 Oct 2006 // 4:00 AM

Judah Johnson: Be Where I Be

Recorded over a mere five days, Judah Johnson’s latest release is a tad more polished and refined than previous efforts. Songs like “Warm Air

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17 Oct 2006 // 3:36 AM

Driving Lessons (2006)

As if the "driving lessons" metaphor is not burdensome enough, the film presents Ben with a series of non-options.

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17 Oct 2006 // 2:00 AM

Remote Islands: Smother Party

Owen Pate's one-man lo-fi orchestra concocts overstuffed, understructured ditties for half an album, then resolves into clarity near the end.

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17 Oct 2006 // 1:00 AM

Lost Girls

Of all the ingredients necessary for good erotica, Moore forgot about the most crucial one: passion.

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17 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Guy Clark: Workbench Songs

Guy Clark is a man of deep feelings with strong powers of observation. He knows how to put across a line with a straight face and then follow it with a crooked twist to show deeper shades of meaning.

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Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton: Knives Dont Have Your Back

A softer delivery perhaps, but a message that is still sharp as nails.

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Jeannie Ortega: No Place Like Brooklyn

The good news? Move over J. Lo, it looks like Jeannie's on the block. The bad news? The block is hot, percolating, twirking, and full of haters who sport bling.

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Not in Kansas Anymore by Christine Wicker

Today's bedroom occultists and kitchen mystics are part of ordinary life, co-existing, often amicably, with Baptists, Presbyterians, and Atheists.

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Fandango, Duende y Taraf: Las Tres Orillas del Atlantico

This group of five musicians takes its inspiration from three kinds of music: Spanish (that’s the fandango part), Mexican (duende), and Moroccan (taraf). The

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17 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Mosquitos: Mosquitos III

The Mosquitos is a New York City group through and through, cannibalizing any and all musical cultures to try to create something new! and fresh! and cool!

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Two Dollar Guitar: The Wear and Tear of Fear

All ghostly traces and cauterized sentiments, Tim Foljhan's fifth full-length as Two Dollar Guitar considers love's aftermath in ten hauntingly minimal songs.

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17 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Uton: Mystery Revolution

Well, you could blast it out your windows at Halloween...

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Fairport Convention: Fairport Convention 35th Anniversary Concert [DVD]

Fairport Convention’s band membership may have been significantly different 35 years ago, but while the names have changed, the high musical quality has remained intact.

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Majority One: Rainbow Rockin Chair

Two unjustly obscure 1960s pop-psych bands from England get a fresh opportunity to be heard.

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Kansas City Frank Melrose: Bluesiana

The jazzman Frank Melrose was possibly murdered by the mob. His cornet partner Pete Daily fled to Canada after testifying at the inquest. In 1940, they'd recorded demo discs of their dream band, playing Chicago jazz. 66 years passed...

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Under Byen: Samme Stof Some Stof

Danish dream pop group may be mysterious to North American ears, but is nonetheless gorgeous.

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16 Oct 2006 // 6:00 AM

Bears: Bears

Cleveland may rock, but the musical Clevelanders known as Bears prefer to revel in pure pop goodness on their self-titled debut. The group’s blend

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Rural Electric: The Road To Hell Is Paved

Maine, while famous for many things, has never been considered a hotbed of anything, except maybe potatoes. And lobster. So Maine is a hotbed of

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16 Oct 2006 // 3:39 AM

Dexter

While Dexter provides a seductive enough surface, it doesn't lose sight of the ugliness "deep inside."

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