Reviews

25 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

State of Emergency 2

State of Emergency 2 is without some of the faults of its predecessor, but also without its campy redeeming values.

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25 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Tim Burtons The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

In a digital animation era, where cartoons are meticulously rendered, Nightmare plays the role of elder statesman.

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Blue Monday: Fats Domino and the Lost Dawn of Rock and Roll by Rick Coleman

The first real literary look at Antoine "Fats" Domino and his legitimate claim as the true king of rock and roll is an ambitious but frequently overreaching book.

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Dr. Mabuse, The Gambler (Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler)

Dr. Mabuse sits at the center of a vast web of criminal enterprise, manipulating international fortunes, overseeing a counterfeiting operation and an unknown number of murderers and thieves.

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Various Artists: Jazzin’ the Black Forest [DVD]

What would have happened to European jazz without Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer? Fortunately, we'll never know.

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25 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Christina Carter: Electrice

A sonically interesting musical journey.

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Various Artists: Outlaw Country: Austin City Limits - Live from Austin, TX

There's something downright pleasant and wholesome about the whole thing. The amiable atmosphere may make the CD enjoyable to listen to, but this also has a downside.

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25 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Ska-soul done well and done right is always a good time.

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Maher Shalal Hash Baz: Faux Départ

You have to have a very high level of musicianship to sound good when you are busy trying to sound like an amateur.

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The Lesser Birds of Paradise: Space Between

A slow-moving, emotionally powerful album for particular tastes.

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Nina Simone: Remixed and Reimagined

A whole album of remixes is an unwieldy proposition, but Remixed and Reimagined is an effective exercise in establishing a new context for the work of Nina Simone.

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25 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Graham Lindsey: Hell Under the Skullbones

A short, but sweet exploration of the dark side of the human condition -- complete with drinking songs!

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Cari Lee and the Saddle-ites: Brought To You Via Saddle-ite

Western swing revivalists know how to have fun, but fail to outshine their heroes.

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25 Oct 2006 // 1:15 AM

Instrumental tribute to Neil Young displays a lot of talent, but maintains only a modicum of interest.

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25 Oct 2006 // 1:00 AM

Ane Oestergaard is restless and inquisitive and can't leave things alone -- she's compelled to fiddle.

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25 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Adem & Juana Molina

It was like a scene out of some indie movie from the '90s.

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25 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

European pop band carries on the torch for the Delgados.

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24 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

La Pieta makes pleasant, literal indie pop with a female vocal and a limited musical appeal. The trio’s style is simple, building off acoustic-strummed

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24 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Deliver Us From Evil (2006)

Where do you go when your clergy have behaved so abominably? Do you leave the Church that you love? If you decide to stay, are you in some way complicit in the crimes of your leaders?

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Badly Drawn Boy: Born in the U.K.

Middle of the road Britpop from a former Mercury Prize winning New Brit Hope.

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