Reviews

13 Feb 2007 // 8:59 PM

The Polish Woman by Eva Mekler

Long-lost cousin, or impostor capitalizing on family's grief?

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Martha Berner: Ten Tiny Little Pieces

Martha Berner's latest EP is fantastically ordinary.

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12 Feb 2007 // 9:03 PM

Michael Mayer: Immer 2

Don't give up on trance just yet. Michael Mayer's mix on Immer 2 will take you where you want to go.

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12 Feb 2007 // 9:02 PM

Neotropic: Prestatyn

Ninja Tune alum Riz Maslen’s latest effort, three tracks of ambient pastoralism (pastoral ambiance?) that at 30 minutes are more than a stopgap but less

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12 Feb 2007 // 9:01 PM

The Big Tease: Paper Symphony

This band’s six-song EP (five not counting the Panic! at the Disco-ish intro) is okay, but nothing that wouldn’t fall into the aforementioned

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Omer Avital Group: Room to Grow

The Omer Avital Group fills the room.

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12 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Lost

While blasts of action and humor are at best ancillary to the Lost mythology, they remain indispensable to enjoying the show on a weekly basis.

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12 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

The 2007 Grammy Awards

Awards shows like The Grammys are built around a torturous rhythm much like a faucet dripping in the middle of the night.

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Epitaph for a Tramp and Epitaph for a Dead Beat by David Markson

He's a Hemingway character in a James Cain world, a James Cain world by way of Jack Kerouac.

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Eleni Mandell: Miracle of Five

The best moments on Miracle of Five are these: where Mandell’s incisive wit wins out over convention.

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12 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Vesta: Distant Lover

Vesta’s got the skills for sure, but next time I’d love to hear those skills put to use on original material.

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Cezanne: Breaking Bats for Jesus

Cezanne's John Daugherity took the DIY ethic to the max with his latest release.

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Grosse Pointe - The Complete Series

Grosse Pointe was fun, but one can grown a bit tired of the standard teen fair.

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12 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Nurse & Soldier: Marginalia

Oneida side-project apes indie-pop husband-wife duos, rips your heart with lyrics, and manages to leave surprisingly unscathed. Point, home-team.

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Beneath the Sky: What Demons Do To Saints

Beneath the Sky's first effort isn't quite there yet.

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12 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

The Quiet (2005)

If it sounds insensitive to complain that an incest-ridden thriller isn't proper fun, you probably haven't tried to sit through this movie.

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Vieux Farka Touré: Vieux Farka Touré

The son of the late Ali Farka Touré carries forth the sound of his father's Malian desert blues on this remarkably assured debut.

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The Bad Hand: This Is No Time for Modesty

A much admired set of mostly sonata-form punk, plus phone-tap, plus a respectable track of fiddle/guitar. Issued on white vinyl!

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Lost: Season Three: Return from Hiatus

After watching Lost's grand return on 7 February, I feel like I'm the one who's been tricked by Sawyer's Star Wars con.

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Ed Pettersen: The New Punk Blues of Ed Pettersen

Don't call your album "The New Punk Blues" if you don't mean it -- this is alt.country.folk all the way.

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