Reviews

14 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Bexar Bexar: Tropism

There is a function in iPhoto that allows you, with one simple click of the mouse, to sepia tone any photograph, creating a sort of

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Various Artists: Ethnic Minority Music of Northeast Cambodia

I can't tell you whether this album is better or worse than other recordings of northeastern Cambodian animist tribes, because, to be honest, it's the first one I've heard, and for all I know it's the only one available.

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Darol Angers Republic of Strings: Generation Nation

A variety of genres come together in Generation Nation. But I should mention one unfortunate genre addition that you, PopMatters readers, aren't likely to appreciate…

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14 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Kinnie Starr: Anything

When this Canadian born singer and emcee puts her spirit into her work, anything goes. Let's hope Anything goes platinum.

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Superiority Complex: Stand Up

Stage names mean a lot in hip-hop. Some are straightforward, like “Kanye West” or “Mike Jones”. Others are created from acronyms, like “KRS-One” (“Knowledge Reigns

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11 Aug 2006 // 6:00 AM

Matt Stillwell: Take It All In

In today’s frivolous world of Spike TV and Maxim magazine, it’s easy to lose sight of the responsibility that comes with being a

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11 Aug 2006 // 4:00 AM

Funnkoars: The Greatest Hits

It’s no surprise Funkoars haven’t hit the mainstream, even in Australia: their brand of smut-hop is even more obscene than gross-out A-hop kings

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11 Aug 2006 // 3:00 AM

The Unwed Sailor: Circles

This two-song, 16-minute EP is the first batch of new material for this eclectic, artsy ensemble. The first song entitled “Circles 1: Mist” is a slow

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Various Artists: Project: Bicycle

A fascinating examination of how different people can interpret one single sample.

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11 Aug 2006 // 1:00 AM

Half Nelson (2006)

Dan's take on history -- as concept and series of events -- has as much to do with his personal past as any ideological leanings. He sees history in motion, as ongoing questions.

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House of Sand (Casa de Areia) (2005)

"Here, no man tells me what to do," says Maria. Indeed, they have found a bizarre sort of freedom in their existence, at once abject and glorious, desolate and fulfilled.

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Queer Duck: The Movie (2006)

Queer Duck's gayness cannot be suppressed, not even by a chesty show tune-singing diva or a homophobic evangelist.

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Shakespeare Behind Bars (2005)

Hard truths, hard times. Prisoners find revelation, redemption, and forgiveness in the words and wisdom of Shakespeare.

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Kottonmouth Kings: Koast II Koast

It's the stuff legends are made of -- hot beats, tight hooks, and a truckload of cannabis references from a do-it-yourself hip-hop crew.

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11 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

Alison Bechdel's Fun Home feels like an anomaly, a graphic novel with no idea that graphic novels are seldom written this well.

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11 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lost Sounds by Tim Brooks

This week: Lost Sounds: Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry, 1890-1919 by Tim Brooks.

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Grace Jones: The Grace Jones Story

What exactly is Grace Jones’ legacy? A hedonistic disco queen? An androgynous new-wave android? A snarling feline captured in photographs by Jean-Paul Goude?

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Wayne Horvitz Gravitas Quartet: Way Out East

Chamber jazz of the highest order, for quartet (trumpet, bassoon, cello, piano) -- a perfect mix of composition and improvisation

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Wrinkle Neck Mules: Pull the Brake

The strongest feature of Pull the Brake is its everyman appeal -- you can sing along from your Prius, your pickup, your Porsche, or the paddy wagon. And that's what country music is about, yes?

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11 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Small Sins: Small Sins

Small Sins could be a guilty pleasure or just a fine accompaniment to your late summer state of mind.

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