Reviews

26 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Strange Wisdoms of the Dead by Mike Allen

When we think of science fiction, we tend not to think of poetry.

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26 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Dirty Blonde by Courtney Love

As with a tortured confessional poet, it's easier to take Love's lyrics and writings at their autobiographical face value than to grant there may be something more complicated at work.

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26 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Every Extend Extra

The player is, in essence, attempting to be a suicide bomber, a kamikaze pilot in a wall of sound and elegant graphics.

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Joan Osborne: Pretty Little Stranger

This is country in a Roseanne Cash or Kim Richey vein: meticulously crafted, understated, and loaded with material that less subtle singers will probably turn into megahits.

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Foo Fighters: Skin and Bones

Inadvertently, Foo Fighters have put out the most listenable, enjoyable disc of their career so far.

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Les Breastfeeders: Les Matins de Grands Soirs

Sexy movies, nearly every kind of food, existential philosophy...and garage rock? The ever-expanding list of what's better when it's French.

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26 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Logistics: Now More Than Ever

Debut DJ album from Logistics proves to be valuable and varied.

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26 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Four Tet: Remixes

Kieran Hebden is the scavenger of the corners and the cracks. He pulls rogue elements of folk from everything rather than the genre itself. And all the pieces fit, which is what makes this album truly fascinating.

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Tuxedomoon: Bardo Hotel Soundtrack

You want experimental post-rock from a classic underrated band? You got it.

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Anders Parker: Anders Parker

Parker's songs turn down flashy for something much more welcome and rare: enduring.

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Custom Made: Sidewalk Mindtalk

This recording is meant to whet the appetites and spread the word to those who may of have not previously heard Custom Made perform. Based on the evidence found here, there should be no hurry to release the next one.

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26 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

The Damnwells: Air Stereo

Country, pop, and rock blend smoothly and successfully on the broadcast from the Damnwells' Air Stereo.

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The Greatest American Hero: Seasons 1, 2 & 3

The Greatest American Hero's FBI man, Maxwell, was clearly a Reagan era conservative, and Hinkley was the idealistic liberal -- the aliens clearly had something in mind when they made these two work together.

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26 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Freak Out (2006)

This one is from a crew of incipient filmmakers with their hearts equally invested in horror and humor.

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22 Nov 2006 // 4:03 AM

Born Ruffians: Born Ruffians

Promising start from charming (if young) Toronto indie-rock Brock-worshippers.

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Born Ruffians: Born Ruffians

Warp Records continue to dip their toes into decidedly un-electronic waters, with their latest signing, Born Ruffians. Hailing from Toronto, this trio unleash short, crisp

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22 Nov 2006 // 4:01 AM

Eric Chenaux: Dull Lights

Desolation never tasted so sweet.

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New London Fire: I Sing the Body Holographic

Electro-pop with a combination of Depeche Mode aesthetics and Oasis sensibilities.

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22 Nov 2006 // 2:00 AM

The Fountain (2006)

Izzi is both Tommy's end and his means, and so, at last, not quite herself.

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22 Nov 2006 // 2:00 AM

Candy (2006)

Addiction and guilt shape the junkies' existence, until the inevitable, life-threatening crisis shakes up their routine.

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