Reviews

13 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

Black Mountain + Dead Meadow

Marijuana has been an ingredient in many musical concoctions. But it's also spawned a genre that isn't always as inspired as the musicians that inspired it. That's why we enter with caution.

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13 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

Pioneers of Primetime

Combining personal stories with some historical commentary, Pioneers of Primetime covers both the personal and the epic sides of a media evolution.

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13 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

Daisy Does America

I don't need Daisy Donovan to tell me we're weird, that we behave irrationally.

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Never Have Your Dog Stuffed and Other Things I’ve Learned by Alan Alda

The book, with Alda's full life as its case study, presents new ways of looking at old problems; new approaches to long-standing lessons.

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13 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection (2005)

Harold Lloyd doesn't have super strength, agility or speed, he just uses Yankee ingenuity, celebrated in the heady days after World War I.

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	Various Artists: Crunk Hits

Crunk Hits offers up an exploration of the crunk music enigma, whatever it is.

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	Denny Zeitlin: Solo Voyage

The sense of liberty and simplicity, bluesiness on an un-bluesy instrument, I find captivating, right to the pedal note on neo-melodica.

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	Shakira: Oral Fixation, Vol. 2

Shakira is the truth, people, and she's proven it twice over in 2005. She's made the best pop album of the year.

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	New Sense: Flowers Before Hours

Put all of those Postal Service comparisons to rest. Seriously. Though it has only been two years since New Sense’s self-titled E.P., which

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	Joe McBride: Texas Hold ‘Em

I wanted to like this record, on the basis that Joe McBride seems like a pretty good guy, and the other basis that not many

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12 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Reba McEntire: #1’s

Reba is divinity unmatched. Even if this hits collection is entirely superfluous.

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	Clapan: 21st Century Lullaby

21st Century Lullaby is what happens when the Aphex Twin sound is coupled with inspiration from a young boy.

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12 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

Rogue Wave

Looks can be deceiving, but this is ridiculous...

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The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection Volume 8

What we have here is a reference book for rib tickling; a televisual tome where every possible pratfall or wicked witticism is stored for future, frequent use.

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12 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Truth About Diamonds by Nicole Richie

Richie somehow manages to take a lifetime of sex, drugs, and rock n' roll and render it about as exciting as Kenny G playing Christmas tunes.

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12 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

Fantastic Four (2005)

The superpowers bring trauma, anger, and confusion, and eventually a sense of responsibility, as the crew decides to do good with what they've got.

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	The Whigs: Give ‘Em All a Big Fat Lip

On their impressive self-released debut, Athens, Georgia's The Whigs shed the 'local bar band' tag for good.

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	Mercedes Sosa: Corazón Libre

Can we give this woman some love, please?"

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11 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Oranger: New Comes and Goes

Oranger wants to be a constant, a monolith of rock 'n' roll that shows its contemporaries there is a zone of comfort and consistency that does not require boredom or downsizing.

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	Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: The Sameness of Difference

A hip and happenin' new-style jazz trio covers the (newly) usual indie-folk: Bjork, Brian Wilson, The Flaming Lips. In a word: Eh.

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