Reviews

26 Jun 2006 // 4:00 PM

The Streets

) is running the New York Marathon this year. Seriously, he ran no less than 18 miles before the show. What the hell?!?!

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Nine Inch Nails + Bauhaus

Everybody in Northeast Ohio has a Trent story from the old days: he used to frequent the record shop where I worked. Of course, I haven't seen him around much lately...

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26 Jun 2006 // 4:00 PM

Fiery Furnaces + Man Man

Several songs into Fiery Furnaces' set, I was still scouring the stage, hoping beyond hope that it was hidden behind an amp or something...

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Strangers with Candy: The Complete Series

Not only does the humor hold up with amazing buoyancy, but it also remains edgier and more topical than most current programming on basic cable TV.

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We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen (2005)

If viewers of this film rush out in pursuit of Minutemen albums, the film will have accomplished its humble goal of paying tribute to one of the all-time great bands of the modern recording era.

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26 Jun 2006 // 4:00 PM

Why We Fight (2005)

Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson observes, 'I sometimes think many American leaders in civilian clothes would love to have Doberman pinschers whom they could release on the world and then put back in their cages. They don't like the Dobermans to have PhDs and question their decisions.'"

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26 Jun 2006 // 4:00 PM

Annapolis (2006)

Toward the end of 'achieving a balance' in the film, Justin Lin says, 'It was just basically a massage all the way through, from the writing to the production to the editing.'"

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New Super Mario Bros.

Playing New Super Mario Bros. is a lot like shagging an ex: it's satisfying in the moment, but afterwards you realize your effort could have been spent better elsewhere.

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The Bang on a Can Marathon featuring Matmos, Glenn Kotche, Amiina, and Alarm Will Sound

A mind-blowing 10-hour avant-garde event makes its home in the strangest of places: the mall.

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26 Jun 2006 // 1:00 AM

The People’s Republic of Desire by Annie Wang

Is it worth being treated like a second-class citizen [in America], as long as one enjoys unparalleled freedom and an education?"

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Irving: Death in the Garden Blood on the Flowers

An album full of worthy successors to the pop rock legacy of The Cars. All in all, a pitch perfect soundtrack to summer.

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26 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Waist Deep (2006)

"Save our streets! Save our streets!" So pronounce the earnest demonstrators who appear at the start of Waist Deep, their placards raised high, their faces showing frustration.

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India.Arie: Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship

On her third album, Arie becomes glazed with easy listening grooves, but inevitably pulls through with soul and introspection.

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Alejandro Escovedo: The Boxing Mirror

Escovedo's brush with death yields one of his best records.

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26 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Abe Duque: American Gigolo II

American Gigolo II offers a pleasantly comprehensive summation of one of the decade's more unique labels.

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Bill Evans and Randy Brecker: Soul Bop Band Live in New York

A welcome revival -- note the accusing use of the word "Greed" in Hiram Bullock's vocal! Not a bad start, but by the second CD the word is Excellent, soulful, bopful.

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Andy Caldwell: Universal Truth

Looking for a jam to get your mojo working? Need to get your groove back? The soundman from the electronic super-group Soulstice serves up a collection of tunes that will keep you hyped up all year long.

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26 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Matt Costa: Songs We Sing

Not as mellow as Jack Johnson, Matt Costa's debut album is a very consistent, engaging, and charming piece of pop rock that taps into classic influences.

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	Willowz: Seeinsquares (2006): Richie James Follin, Alex Nowicki, Jessica Reynoza - PopMatters Film

A band that got its first big break through the movies revisits the visual format with mixed success.

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In terms of its dark content, the Western has been on the verge of arriving at this destination for the past 40 years.

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