Reviews
Four Hours Sleep: Love Specifics

Four Hours Sleep is a very capable Australian outfit that makes very crisp and credible adult contemporary pop. A song like “I Know I Shouldn’

READ more
The Dead Science: Crepuscule with the Dead Science

On this creepily creeping EP, the Dead Science barter in weirdness more so than musicality and fail to connect.

READ more
Various Artists: Why the Hell Not…: The Songs of Kinky Friedman

Kinky Friedman has written an impressive body of tunes over the years, doing the Lone Star state proud.

READ more
Moby: Go: The Very Best of Moby

Although there is no disputing the quality of the music on display, Go adds up to nothing so much as a big, fat missed opportunity.

READ more

2 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Gloomy Sunday (2000)

Unable to fully harness the power of its melancholic music, Gloomy Sunday remains more a (satisfying) pop piece than a transcendent, movie-going experience.

READ more

2 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Jeff Lang: Prepare Me Well

The Australian slide guitar whiz makes a long overdue US debut and ZING it is tasty!

READ more
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

Borrowing from Andy Kaufman, John Waters, and Steve-O, Borat delights in irreverence and abuse.

READ more

2 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

The End by Lemony Snicket

Because their desperately perilous circumstances force them to behave in ways they would have never previously imagined, the children begin to wonder if they are losing their moral compass.

READ more

2 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Wolf Boy by Evan Kuhlman

Wolf Boy portrays children on the threshold of that crossing over into the far less interesting concerns of adolescence, capturing the last golden summer of weird, perfect youth. The circumstances into which he places his characters, however, are neither perfect nor golden.

READ more
Edie Carey: Another Kind of Fire

Carey really doesn’t have much to say. She’s earnest enough, and she’s not dumb. But she really doesn’t offer any great insights into the world in which we live.

READ more
The Blood Brothers: Young Machetes

You can call it selling out. You can call it mainstream. Just don’t call it bad. Call it the best album of their career. Scratch that: call it one of the best of 2006.

READ more
Teddybears: Soft Machine

Does this dancefloor-centric Swedish act have what it takes to enter the pantheon of great Scandinavian pop? Based on the evidence here, not quite.

READ more
King Jammy: King At the Controls

Jammy, credited with bringing reggae into the digital music age, was just a great producer, period. This excellent single-disc comp. gives you 20 reasons why.

READ more
Pigeon John: …And the Summertime Pool Party

More good-time optimism from under-the-radar LA rapper, Pigeon John.

READ more

2 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Con Man (2006)

Con Man: The True Story Of An Ivy League Imposter is as incomplete and ambiguous as Hogue was elliptical.

READ more
Rainy Day Saints: Diamond Star Highway

The Rainy Day Saints know their garage rock, but they don't know themselves.

READ more

1 Nov 2006 // 11:00 PM

Mad Tea Party: Big Top Soda Pop

Mad Tea Party forgo the crumpets and dish up a plateful of whimsy, with attractive, ear-catching melodies and a determination to rescue the kazoo from pop music's instrumental toybox.

READ more
Stephanie McKay: Stephanie McKay [EP]

McKay preaches about life in the hood and rising above it. She tells her audience that each of them can better themselves in a passionate, dramatic voice.

READ more

1 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Cities: Variations

Interpol/Bravery/Bloc Party also-rans get reworked by Ladytron and others on this new EP. The results, too, are mixed.

READ more

1 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Everything That Rises Must Converge

It's become increasingly difficult, if not impossible, to find an appliance that merely serves its original function -- a phone that is just a phone, for example.

READ more
More Recent Reviews
//Mixed media
//Blogs

Home Culinary Exploration Has Never Been More Fervent

// Re:Print

"Ever wondered what the difference between cinnamon and cassia is? The Encyclopedia of Spices and Herbs will teach you.

READ the article