Reviews

31 Jul 2006 // 10:30 AM

Brookville: Life in the Shade

Opening with a great Coldplay knockoff called “Blue Morning”, Brookville’s second LP is nothing if not melodic.  However, the simple strings, warm synth

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31 Jul 2006 // 8:45 AM

Vandalays: Happy Ever After

We’ll do this the obvious way: Once upon a time, there was an indie rock four-piece called the Vandalays, who released an enjoyable five-song

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31 Jul 2006 // 8:00 AM

Baby Calendar: Gingerbread Dog

Sugar-coated pop is an acquired taste—you either like it or stick your tongue out at it as if you swallowed sour candy. Baby Calendar

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31 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Garth Marenghis Darkplace

British comedian Matthew Holness is one of the rare individuals who can put together an intentionally dreadful entertainment.

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The Economics of Attention: Style and Substance in the Age of Information by Richard Lanham

Instead of trying to force the idea of total paradigm shift, Lanham instead embraces the possibilities of paradigm oscillation.

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The Pipettes: We Are the Pipettes

With catchy songs and studied irreverence, these three English teenagers in polka-dot dresses make the idea of girl groups seem fresh again.

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Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Season One, Vol. Two

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is typically more caught up in stories about deterrence than outright conflict; hence, the talking heads and surprising paucity of giant monsters.

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Spoon: Soft Effects EP/Telephono

A younger, brasher Spoon's early albums show a band gradually getting over its Pixies obsession and defining a jittery, soulful sound.

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Good Times: The Sixth Season

Good Times quickly abandoned its original intent for easy laughs, leaving the house divided, but funny, nonetheless.

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31 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Blackgas #1-3

A dirty secret of the privileged is locked away, here, like a skeleton in the closet with flesh still hanging from its bones.

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31 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Nya Jade: My Denial

Do you go to bed at night and wake up in the morning? If so, Nya Jade recorded an album just for you.

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Tommy Keene: Crashing the Ether

Crashing the Ether is better than a lot of Keene's output over the last few decades, although it's not the masterpiece some of the singer / songwriter's best songs have hinted at.

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Elliott Caine: Blues from Mars

High-class hard bop such as can happily be found nowadays, but Caine's an exceptional trumpeter, hot but also a ballad master.

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Pure Reason Revolution: The Dark Third

On its first full-length release, a British band reaches into the future while remaining rooted in the glory of rock's psychedelic past.

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Presents The Songs of Sheikh Sayyed Darweesh ‘The Soul of a People’

Sheikh Sayyed Darweesh (nationalist, opera-lover, maker of rhythmic drag) gets a well-deserved showcase.

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28 Jul 2006 // 8:30 AM

Skye: Mind How You Go

Skye was Morcheeba to some people, so it should come as no surprise that her solo album tends to stay with part of her past

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28 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

John Tucker Must Die (2006)

Starting with the fact that its 'high school students' look closer to 30 than 16, John Tucker Must Die is a film out of joint.

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28 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Scoop (2006)

Allen once channeled Bergman in Interiors and Fellini in Stardust Memories, but in Scoop, he commits a more self-indulgent crime, paying tribute to his own works.

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28 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Scoop (2006)

If Scoop has a theme, submerged beneath its poor plotting, clumsy editing, and reductive characterizations, deception might be it.

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28 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Miami Vice (2006)

Gong Li's face and form are made for this: she absorbs the movie's energies and just like that, it hardly matters what Crockett or Tubbs thinks he's doing.

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