Reviews

11 Sep 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Pages: Creatures of the Earth EP

The Pages have the same energy and, more importantly, the same sound as the early days of Beatlemania.

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11 Sep 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Portastatic: Bright Ideas

Besides being a friendlier sonic cousin of Indoor Living, Bright Ideas is not unlike Speak Kindly of Your Volunteer Fire Department, Robert Pollard's 1999 solo album, in that it plays to an indie elder statesman's strengths and may get core fans all frenzied again.

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	The Kennedys: Half a Million Miles

Gentle, strummy folk rock with shout-outs to Emerson, Kerouac, and Buddha. As Buddha might say, 'rub my belly'. Then Emerson: 'Um...', and Kerouac: 'Sure!'"

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	The English Beat: In Concert at the Royal Festival Hall [DVD]

Although usually lumped in with the ska revival bands, the English Beat's exhilarating blend of pop hooks, reggae rhythms, jazzy sax breaks, and punky attitude is difficult enough to categorize that they wouldn't stand a chance on today's genre-driven radio or MTV.

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	DJ Language: Real Music For Real People

The one common denominator running through the entire endeavor is -- you guessed it -- the singular and all-encompassing notion of soul as a unifying force.

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The scene is like a mash-up of a 3D Urban Outfitters catalog with a revival of Hair...

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	Various Artists: Shameless Productions Presents Le Souk Sunday Sessions

Quite possibly the best music to ever come out of a North African restaurant, this two-disc set of soulful progressive house is essential for beatheads of all nationalities.

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	Novillero: Aim Right for the Holes in Their Lives

Leave it to a band of Canadians to create one of the most literate, catchy pop records of the year. Dust of your hippest pair of reading glasses and most vintage pair of dancing shoes; you'll need them both.

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	Little Charlie and the Nightcats: Nine Lives

West Coast blues/swing/jazz/some-semblance-of-the-three makes some songs interesting, some okay, and some just, well... mother always told me if you can't say something nice...

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	Dexter Gordon: Manhattan Symphonie

-- One of the historically defining saxophonists of all jazz, in the best of company, on his best form with plenty invention, stamina and delight.

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	400 Blows: Angel’s Trumpets and Devil’s Trombones

Minimal punk rock trio get a surprising amount of mileage using just guitar, drums and a voice.

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	The Dandy Warhols: Odditorium or Warlords of Mars

Dandies take a little snooze: band smirks their way through another sloppy psychedelic pop-fest.

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8 Sep 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Death in Vegas: FabricLive 23

Death in Vegas' first work since those aborted sessions with Oasis is a valuable contribution to the prolific FabricLive catalogue.

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	Greg Dulli: Amber Headlights

Collection of unreleased 2001 recordings made shortly after the release of the Twilight Singers' debut.

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8 Sep 2005 // 1:03 AM

Deepa Mehta's controversial film considers the complicated, often excruciating impositions on women's lives at a time when Mahatma Gandhi is exposing the oppressions of colonial powers.

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8 Sep 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Motley freak show continued, stopping in Atlantic City for a pair of small venue gigs. And me with three Crue concerts in six days... Gee, you think I'm having fun yet?

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	Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Music of Sudan

While Sudanese music may not yet have the cultural cache of some of its geographic neighbors, don't wait for the cultural cognoscenti to check your passport. The border's open.

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	Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice: XIAO

Wooden Wand (aka James Toth) produces a Southern gothic sound, but he's more connected to the New York anti-folk scene than he is the Georgian backwoods.

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	Turbonegro: Party Animals

Look out, mainstream rock, you have a bunch of fat, horny, gay Norwegians charging your way.

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	Richard Swift: The Collection Vol. 1

As a means of introduction, Secretly Canadian has lovingly repackaged two Richard Swift discs into one two-disc volume. You'll be glad you met him.

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