Reviews

19 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Vetiver: To Find Me Gone

The first nine cuts on the latest Vetiver album are great folk pop to die for. Then things get a little off-kilter

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A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and a Prayer: Writers on Violence Against Women and Girls

Vagina Monologues author Eve Ensler hosts a diverse evening of high-powered female performances. If only the audience looked more like the performers...

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16 Jun 2006 // 4:00 PM

Tiësto

Everyone might be on E, but the average London music night is hardly what I'd call ecstasy.

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16 Jun 2006 // 4:00 PM

Mike Doughty Band

The fans that turned out to see ex-Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty may not have needed converting, but I sure did.

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Wu-Tang Clan: Legend of the Wu-Tang: The Videos [DVD]

The Wu's particular virtues are such that the music video format has never made for a comfortable fit.

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What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self by Ellyn Spragins (Editor)

Whether you're teenage Maya Angelou or clothing designer Eileen Fisher questioning the benefits of making it alone, your doubts correspond.

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16 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Nacho Libre (2006)

On one hand another formulaic loutish white boy saga, it also undercuts that premise, at least intermittently, offering instead a vision of unregulatable, unanxious, unwhite masculinity.

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The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

Part coming-of-age tale, part auto show, and part parade of girls in high school uniforms, Tokyo Drift also comes with inventive, lots-of-fun race scenes.

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16 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Lake House (2006)

Shuffled around amid a series of very pretty split screens and unmoored voiceovers, Alex and Kate must create a relationship out of very contrived air.

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Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint: The River in Reverse

First full-album collaboration between British singer-songwriter and legendary New Orleans songwriter/producer/arranger includes appearances by the Crescent City Horns and the Imposters.

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16 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Suga Free: Just Add Water

Thanks for coming to the 2006 Player's Ball. And the winner of the Award for Best Pimp in a Pimpstramental Situation is...

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Mission of Burma: The Obliterati

Post-punk? Post-everything, more like.

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The Handsome Family: Last Days of Wonder

This land is your land, this land is my land, from the Devil dancing in the silent branches of thousand-year-old trees, to large iced tea, extra packet of ketchup, and small bag of onion rings.

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16 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

DK: King Me

Everybody knows a product is nothing if you can't distribute it. Purple City knows it. DK knows it. That's what mixtapes are for.

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Codec & Flexor: Killermachine

A little bit irreverent, a little bit aggressive, a little bit harsh and a little bit old school, Killermachine is a synth purist's dream.

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Tab Benoit: Brother to the Blues

Not musically as close as a brother to the blues, this is a committed set of old-style country music, with a couple of blues-ish items like you’d find thrown in by people without Tab Benoit’s gifts as a bluesman.

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16 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Aki Tsuyuko: Hokane

Filled with a kind of abstract childlike innocence that belies the complexity of the pieces, its just charming enough to distract from some unfortunate limitations.

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	Wu-Tang Clan: Legend of the Wu-Tang: The Videos [DVD]

The Wu's particular virtues are such that the music video format has never made for a comfortable fit.

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Napoleon Dynamite: Like the Best Special Edition Ever (2004)

Napoleon Dynamite argues not only for the experience of being misunderstood, but also the gradual acceptance of knowing one is misunderstood.

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The book is an improvement over the first issue, but still is lacking a lot of what would make it a good story.

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