Reviews

4 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Shawnna: Block Music

Chicago, Illinois, emcee Shawnna strikes again. So can a sista with a couple of hit singles get some love?

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Butch Walker: The Rise and Fall of Butch Walker and the Lets-Go-Out Tonites

This album is the real deal, the shit, a modern masterpiece, and I don't use those terms lightly. It rocks from beginning to end with an arched eyebrow and a steamy sexuality.

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Old 97s: Hit By a Train: The Best of Old 97s

As an introduction to Old 97's, Hit by a Train simply can't be beat.

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Harvey Lindo: Kid Gloves - A Modaji Long Player

Dominic Jacobson takes a swing at hip-hop and scores with this well-balanced, deeply enjoyable treat. So why did Kid Gloves spend 2005 as a Japan-only import?

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The Tango Saloon: The Tango Saloon

You'd expect the descriptor cinematic to be applicable here, and the term certainly fits. The album also evokes a majestic and wide-screened collision between jazz, experimental, and ethnic folk music.

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4 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Brandtson: Hello, Control

At its core, it's a run-of-the-mill Brandtson record, but it's presented with such wide-eyed techno wonder you can't help but feel it creep into your skin a little more than it should.

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Béla Fleck & the Flecktones

Guitar gods are a dime a dozen, but jazz-banjo deities? Of those, there can be only one.

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The Class of 98: Touch This and Die

As a music reviewer, it’s hard to avoid preconceptions about a band as much as one may try to remain objective.  The Class

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The Charade: A Real Life Drama

Writing the unofficial theme for Sweden’s team at the World Cup didn’t have its desired effect. But The Charade hasn’t stopped thankfully.

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3 Aug 2006 // 6:00 AM

Sqad Up: We Do This

In an alternate universe, Sqad Up are triple-platinum on Cash Money Records.  We Do This is another release packed full of shit-talking New Orleans

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The City Drive: Always Moving Never Stopping

Singer/guitarist Danny Smith grew up in Pickering, Ontario—one of the industrial suburban towns to which Toronto is but a beacon of lights in

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The Happies: If We Were Really Here

Grazing press clips for Salt Lake City’s apparent finest, the Happies, I can agree with most writers on the owners of the footsteps the

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3 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Feasting on Asphalt

Alton Brown's recipes usually work, but he uses flow charts and slide rules to figure out serving sizes and cookie diameters.

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Who Wants to be a Superhero?

Being mere mortals, contestants are not expected to leap tall buildings, stop bullets, or outrace locomotives. Instead, they are tested on the human qualities of heroism: compassion, intelligence, attentiveness, and selflessness.

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3 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ali Farka Touré: Savane

Western blues is brought to the fore on Savane, the excellent final recording from Ali Farka Touré.

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3 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Imagine Me & You (2005)

Heck's heartbreak, the most resonanting aspect of this film, is not necessarily a bad thing, but it sure does drain the piss out of Luce and Rachel's final, loving, lesbian embrace.

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Johnny Cash: Man in Black: Live in Denmark 1971 [DVD]

If you're on a budget, and hankering for some vintage Cash on video, well here you go. But it's a bit stiff.

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Greg Graffin: Cold as the Clay

Graffin's distinctive vocals from his Bad Religion days transfer remarkably well into folk and country music

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3 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Excepter: Alternation

An overwhelming drone of noise that's ceaselessly propelled chemically forward.

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Dashboard Confessional: Dusk and Summer

At least the old Carrabba had a bit of slow crescendo in his whining.

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