Reviews

29 Aug 2006 // 2:00 AM

Sneaky Thieves: Accident(s)

Consisting of two sets of brothers from Seattle, Sneaky Thieves commence this album with a quasi-hymnal instrumental aptly titled “Elegy”. At times eerie, the group

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29 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Roots: Game Theory

What in the name of Memphis Bleek were the elegant, politically fiery, underappreciated Roots, who could establish a foundation to begin donating the street cred they’d amassed over the years, doing hanging the hat on the door of the blingiest big-shot in the game, the guy re-touring with R. Friggin’ Kelly by day and spooning with Beyonce by night?

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29 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Beerfest (2006)

The troupe lacks a specific comic point of view -- not that one is required of a movie called Beerfest.

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29 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Motörhead: Kiss of Death

Thirty one years later, Motörhead hasn't changed at all. Not that we ever want them to.

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Led Zeppelin: The Origin of the Species [DVD]

Zeppelin fans will know much of this material already. But I once wrote a book about this band (not a very good one, admittedly), and there are things here that I never knew.

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Burning Man: Beyond Black Rock (2005)

Although it is not a substitute for visiting the yearly festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, the latest Burning Man documentary is an interesting and thorough film.

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29 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Icelander by Dustin Long

It features a lost world, literary forgeries, inhuman fox-clad assassins, kidnapping, murder, and heroic ballad karaoke, all of which are irresistible.

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29 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ziggy Kinder: Akrobatik

Ziggy Kinder produces minimal techno animated by a spirit of puckish enthusiasm that places the work at odds with the overriding perception of most modern electronic music.

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Danielle Peck: Danielle Peck

The next wave of that wooden-legged phenomenon known as Shania? Well, good luck with that.

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29 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Das Bierbeben: Alles Fallt

Allien on downers for a session of ego preaching.

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Ocote Soul Sounds & Adrian Quesada: El Nino Y El Sol

Ocote Soul Sounds and Adrian Quesada take their place as an Afro-Cuban Gotan Project -- or perhaps a Breakestra for beach relaxation -- with an album that is exceptional and essential.

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29 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Liquid Soul: One Two Punch

The "acid jazz" outfit run by saxophonist Mars Williams sounds dated and uncommitted in its first disc in over five years.

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29 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Anathallo: Floating World

A curious puzzle of an album, you have to spend time with Anathallo's excellent, awful, and sometimes just fine Floating World in order to sort it all out.

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Chris Berry & Panjea: Dancemakers

Dancemakers attempts an uplifting mishmash of hip-hop beats and groovy vibes over a world-music pastiche. It fails spectacularly.

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28 Aug 2006 // 6:00 AM

Panda & Angel: Panda & Angel

Panda & Angel, a soft-core band from Seattle, don’t quite know what to do with their guitars on their self-titled debut EP. Alternating between

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The Matchheads: Backtracks 1980-1982 / The Matchheads Present The Mohawks, Lucky Strikes, The Gasser

The Matchheads were a punk rock band in the early ‘80s that are known only to a handful of people in San Francisco. But that

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Aeon Grey: Primate Curriculum

Despite mixed results, this Iowa-based emcee is strong on ideas and concepts.

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28 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Vanished

Even aside from Agent Kelton's personal angst, Vanished is weighed down by clichés.

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28 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Tanya Stephens: Rebelution

This album isn't just great, it's Album-of-the-Year HEROICALLY great.

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28 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

McCallum: The Complete Series

McCallum is a grittier yet more thoughtful take on the forensic "whodunit" show; more dependent on building atmosphere and brooding suspense than continuous scenes of kicking down doors and chasing down suspects.

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