Reviews

7 Jan 2007 // 9:01 PM

Goat: Twisted Heart

Goat is just a generic, okay voice, drained of every last drop of personality, and it fits the clean, flawless music perfectly.

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P.O.D.: Greatest Hits: The Atlantic Years

The Southtown boys go in blind for their first greatest hits compilation.

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Pete Zimmer Quintet with George Garzone: Judgment

A festival of an idea, a not always sufficiently acknowledged tenor saxophone master in collaboration with a brilliant young drummer and his outstanding band.

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7 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Lou Reed performs “Berlin”

When I heard that Lou Reed would be spending four nights in Brooklyn performing his landmark 1973 album, Berlin, in its entirety, it seemed impossible to pass up. Of course, it seemed equally impossible that it’d be any good...

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The Residents: The Residents Present The River of Crime Episodes 1 - 5

Always on the cutting edge of the cultural hub, The Residents has returned to one of entertainments oldest formats -- the radio drama -- for their latest exercise in oddness.

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What Have They Built You to Do? by Matthew Frye Jacobson and Gaspar González

The mother is dead in Psycho, kept mentally alive by her son's psychotic dependency, while in The Manchurian Candidate she's a vigorous presence, empowered by sinister psychologists from two hostile nations.

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NRBQ and the Whole Wheat Horns: Derbytown [DVD]

Vintage 'Q, vintage line-up, vintageg rockin' good times.

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7 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Runaways

Vaughan manages to build on his little corner of the Marvel universe, making it a lot fresher than many Marvel books that tend to retread beloved and overly familiar stories.

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Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Little Miss Sunshine is that rare comedic film that earns its laughs through textured characterizations and authentic, humanizing contradictions.

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7 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Selda Bağcan: Selda

If you're a fan of Turkish 1970s psychedelic music, then 2006 was a good year.

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I Trust You to Kill Me (2006)

Rocco DeLuca has sound that, at its best moments, seems hewed from the heart. The rest of the time, though, it's bloodless and dull.

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7 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

The Strays: Le Futur Noir

Disappointing and derivative riot-rock from the son of the late, great Steve Marriott.

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The Bird and the Bee: The Bird and the Bee

One of these songs might be your next "Fidelity" or "True Affection" -- here comes the Bird and the Bee.

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7 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Giddy Motors: Do Easy

Middle of the road hard rock has its ups and downs, but its share of fun along the way.

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7 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Burial: Burial

Not just for British underground dance enthusiasts, Burial's album brings dubstep to a wider audience using the tried and true combination of melancholy and nostalgia -- and that bass.

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7 Jan 2007 // 8:59 PM

The Strangers in the House by Georges Simenon

Simenon is best known, at least in the Anglophone world, for his Inspector Maigret mysteries, but The Strangers in the House is not really a crime novel.

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5 Jan 2007 // 2:30 AM

Children of Men (2007)

Even with so much attention paid to her body and to her child, Kee's story is secondary to Theo's, as his loss of hope must be undone and his past redressed.

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5 Jan 2007 // 2:30 AM

Freedom Writers (2007)

Corny and contrived, Freedom Writers also argues for listening to teenagers. That alone makes it strange and even a little wonderful.

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Codename: The Cleaner (2007)

Ostensibly, Codename tells the story of a man who finds himself.

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Boduf Songs: Lion Devours the Sun

In the follow-up to last year's highly regarded EP, home recorder Mat Sweet crafts minimalist acoustic reveries of whispered menace and unsettling grace.

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