Reviews

7 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Nirvana: Nirvana: Live! Tonight! Sold Out!! [DVD]

This DVD captures the revolution started by Kurt Cobain, his two friends, and their four chords.

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7 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Cul De Sac: ECIM

The arresting 1991 debut from these experimental Boston iconoclasts gets resurrected from out-of-print obscurity, and not a moment too soon.

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7 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Jake Stigers: No Vacancy

Soulful guitar rock with a Southern-fried charm.

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Chin Up Chin Up: This Harness Cant Ride Anything

Chicago's Chin Up Chin Up turn in one of the spikiest, most energised albums of the year.

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7 Dec 2006 // 3:00 AM

The History Boys (2006)

The History Boys is limited by its play-derived aspects: clever banter, three-act structure, meticulous blocking.

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Fresh Maggots: Fresh Maggots… Hatched

In any other year, Fresh Maggots… Hatched would easily have claimed the title of best maggot-themed album of the year. Released in 1971, it will instead

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Hamilton de Holanda Quintet: Brasilianos

Hamilton de Holanda plays a 10-string mandolin. He plays it really really well.

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6 Dec 2006 // 9:01 PM

One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson

Yes, Virginia, there is another mystery writer in Scotland besides Ian Rankin.

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6 Dec 2006 // 9:01 PM

The Tongue: Bad Education EP

New Aussie hip-hop fails to add much to a soon-to-be-bloated scene.

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6 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

X Isle #1-3

Readers can also have fun with the characters by comparing them to the films they remind you of.

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6 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Not To: New and Selected Poems by Elaine Terranova

Like the process of becoming experienced, these poems ask us to pay attention.

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6 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

John Vanderslice

Is it true, what his website says, that John Vanderslice is the "friendliest guy in indie rock?"

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6 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Phish: Colorado 88

Fairy tales, rock-star mythology, corny jokes and, occasionally, a miracle.

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Babyshambles: The Blinding EP

This EP is a reminder that before things started to get silly, and the ugly, gleaming spotlight turned on him, Pete Doherty was one of our most exciting songwriters.

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Various: The Revenge of Blind Joe Death

This respectful tribute to an irreplaceable giant of Americana throws in a few surprises and entertains from start to finish.

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Misc. Artists: Outlaw Country: Live From Austin, TX [DVD]

The effort to share music with fellow travelers and the appreciative Austin audience is a key part of that painful, uncertain effort to reach insight and express meaning through the music.

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6 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

The Son (2002)

The Dardenne brothers are such conscientious filmmakers -- they know how to photograph an idea -- but sometimes their style has the effect of making life seem smaller, simpler, and less interesting than it really is.

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Colleen et Les Boites a Musique: Colleen et Les Boites a Musique

A concept EP based solely around music boxes. Sounds gimmicky? Well, maybe it is a little…

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Darko Rundek and Cargo Orkestar: Mhm A-Ha Oh Yeah Da-Da

It can be blaring, cynical, adult -- sometimes harsh, but also rueful-sweet with a controlled undercurrent of idealistic humanity.

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6 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

AG: Get Dirty Radio

Still enough of a giant.

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