Reviews

2 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Incubus: Light Grenades

Light Grenades might actually be the album that could make people stop wishing that Incubus was the band it used to be.

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2 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Magical Starsign

The biggest crime Magical Starsign commits is the endless, relentless, incessant, infuriatingly pointless random battles.

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Various Artists: Crunk Hits Vol. 2

It's hard to be stupid in a smart way, that much easier to just be stupid.

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2 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Rafael Toral: Space

Portuguese electronic composer (and Rhys Chatham collaborator) Rafael Toral ponders the unpredictability of synthesized sound and the emptiness of deep space in three extended pieces.

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Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (2006)

Perhaps with some more complete supporting characters in the mix, the central story, here, might have been more palatable, but standing alone, the premise unfortunately gets boring faster than one can say "tea and crumpets".

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2 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

True Caribbean Pirates

The History Channel's rendition of 17th and 18th century pirates is a swashbuckling factual recount of their dramatic maritime stories.

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Ladyfinger (ne): Heavy Hands

Sound and fury, without enough fury.

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Houseguest: High Strangeness

Houseguest has the legs to be more than just another legendary local band, and if their association with the Black Keys gets their foot in the door, more power to them.

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2 Jan 2007 // 8:59 PM

The Old Way: A Story of the First People by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

The dominance of modern technological life is driving more than animal species to extinction. And imbecilic notions of superiority are not restricted to western nations.

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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)

That Grenouille is also utterly symptomatic -- that is, not an individual so much as a representative of what ails his cultural milieu -- is hardly news.

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Harvey Danger [2006 Rewind]

Harvey 'I had visions, I was in them, I was looking into the mirror' Danger are poised to surf a Nada-style wave back to respectability. But, will it work?

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The Antiques: Nicknames and Natives

The Antiques are the musically serene country cousins of the raunchy Americana-fuelled folk-rock sound brought to the indie stage by bands like My Morning Jacket and the Kings of Leon.

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Benjy Ferree: Leaving The Nest

Benjy Ferree has a style so fun that you can help but crack a grin. It’s terribly fabulous, criminally infectious, and so frickin’ simple

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1 Jan 2007 // 9:01 PM

The DTs: Nice n Ruff

All the right elements, but without the proper mix this party seems a bit forced.

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Rhapsody of Fire: Triumph or Agony

It's all so silly, but just admit it, you secretly kind of dig it.

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J.J. Cale and Eric Clapton: The Road to Escondido

Cale and Clapton are together again. Many of the songs presented will have you hooked into the wee hours of the morning.

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Christ.: Blue Shift Emissions

Boards of Who?! Christ. pulls an incredibly beautiful and individual follow-up album out of the bag, one which should go a long way towards relieving him of his BOC albatross.

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Exile by Richard North Patterson

In order to assess Patterson's work, then, it might be time to give up the label of "legal thriller," and reach back to an earlier genre: the so-called "social problem novel."

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Norfolk & Western: The Unsung Colony

Two elaborately crafted folk-rock albums in one year? HA! I'll review this one in 2007!

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1 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Eminem: Eminem Presents the Re-Up

The Re-Up is a mix of vintage Eminem production and lyric spitting combined with his only real weakness: the tendency to regress and play down to his crew of less talented jokesters.

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