Reviews

19 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Simon Dawes: Carnivore

Carnivore proves to be an album of true versatility and unforgettable depth -- one of the best so far this year.

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19 Dec 2006 // 1:00 AM

Volver (2006)

The women repeatedly confront and contemplate death, gathering in rituals of grief and affirmation.

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18 Dec 2006 // 9:03 PM

Ultra Dolphins: Mar

The kind of spazzy hardcore that can send a room full of teenaged hardcore dancers into a spin-kicking frenzy in mere seconds.

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18 Dec 2006 // 9:02 PM

31 Knots: Polemics

Portland spazz-pop innovators slice genres, moods and soundscapes in a fractious beauty of an EP.

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Matt Mays & El Torpedo: Matt Mays & El Torpedo

It's the sort of timeless music that the guys at university campus bars think sounds really good after chugging back some Labatt Ice.

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18 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Tony Lucca: Canyon Songs

It's like a "delete" button for your brain...

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18 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Live Fast, Die Young by Lawrence Frascella and Al Weisel

They put the film in context of the emerging teen, rock and roll culture and discuss everything from hot rod culture to the changing sexual mores, paying particular attention to the way homosexuality was depicted in the media.

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Ghostface Killah: More Fish

More Fishscale, more or less.

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How I Met Your Mother: Season One

This is no static workplace comedy or rinse-repeat tale of funny family life. As the narration from the future reminds us, life as the characters know it is destined to end.

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18 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Pipas: Sorry Love

A love letter, an afternoon at the cinema, a dream: music built from scraps of memory.

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18 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Haiku: Blew

It might not blow mainstream listeners away, but Haiku's breezy, thoughtful new album should please independent hip-hop fans.

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Lemonator: At the Presence of Great Beauty

Proof there's much, much more to Finnish popular music than just Nightwish and Finntroll.

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18 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Wah-Wah (2005)

The genuinely cinematic moments in Wah-Wah are few and far between, and are generally courtesy of the skillful performances.

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Red Bull BC One: Berlin 2005 Breakdancing Championship (2005)

From elbow-stands and aerials, to flares and driving head-slides, BC One boasts an embarrassment of breakdancing riches.

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Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band: Dizzys Business

Serious attempt at the best that can be done. Dizzy Gillespie would certainly have been very proud of some of this.

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Tripping the line between Americana and rockabilly swing, Shortstack are fun, but never inventive enough to truly impress.

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18 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Babyshambles: B Sides

For all their roughness, these b-sides still shine with unexpected flashes of melody and eloquence.

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18 Dec 2006 // 2:00 AM

The Good German (2006)

The Good German's visual evocations of 1940s movies only underscore its many deconstructions, of nostalgia, heroism, and political coherence.

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Nicole Atkins: Bleeding Diamonds

On this very promising debut EP, New Jersey singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins and her backing band the Sea craft pop music that is both sophisticated, sweet, magical, and pretty darn cool, as well.

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Librarians: Alright Easy Candy Stranger

Middle of the road dance pop that never quite rises above.

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