Reviews

4 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Jarhead (2005)

Jarhead doesn't lose sight of this basic truth of war. More effective weapons only deepen its despair.

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Batman Begins (Two-Disc Deluxe Edition with Comic Book) (2004)

Nolan's Batman is perpetually knotted up, unable to forget his dead parents, seeking a vague solace in his hard body's capacity for violence.

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	The Rosebuds: Birds Make Good Neighbors

Don't be fooled by delicate packaging: formerly sunny pop-sters' sophomore effort tells tales of insecure love and childhood secrets.

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3 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Pixies: Sell Out [DVD]

Commemorating the reformation of this influential band nearly 15 years after they peaked and walked away, this new DVD is lightning in a bottle.

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	Ewan Pearson: Sci.Fi.Hi.Fi_01

Respected, stylish dance remixer to the stars drops debut in revered dance music label's new mix series. The result is respectable and stylish. And that's about it.

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	Public Enemy: New Whirl Odor

Some thought Public Enemy had become irrelevant 10 years ago, but they hadn't. Now, though, they're getting dangerously close...

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	Minus the Bear: Menos el Oso

Minus the Bear has grown up... sort of. At lest they're not singing songs about kicking it like donkeys.

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	Mark Lemhouse: The Great American Yard Sale

Mark Lemhouse pulls a gutsy move by moving away from the Memphis/Mississippi stylings of his debut album -- with a surprisingly awesome effect.

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	Emmanuel Jal and Abdel Gadir Salim: Ceasefire

Emmanuel Jal is one of the hottest rappers in Africa, and Abdel Gadir Salim is an extremely prominent singer and oud player.

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	Richard Galliano New York Trio: Ruby, My Dear

A very distinguished and out-and-out jazz recording by a brilliant trio, Larry Grenadier's bass the steady centre around which Richard Galliano's stupendous instrumental command moves, lit up by Clarence Penn's drumming.

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	Johnny Cash: The Legend of Johnny Cash

Another decent single-disc career retrospective of The Man in Black, just in time for the holiday movie season!"

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3 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Babyshambles: Down in Albion

Pete Doherty's first post-Libertines recording, Down in Albion, isn't the sound of defeat or surrender -- it's the sound of a 'likely lad' embracing his promise.

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3 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Dirty Three

are a working band and can't survive by just playing for an audience of one.

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Monty Python’s Flying Circus: 16 Ton Megaset Collection

In the heavenly hierarchy of humor, Monty Python's Flying Circus is God. Its four-year run on the BBC resulted in 45 stellar examples of superior sketch comedy.

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The Crusades: Crescent & The Cross

When a battle reaches its peak, this documentary's melange of visual and aural resources -- scholarly commentary, digital animation-assisted recreations, maps, and a commentator illustrating the movements at present ruins -- reaches a fever pitch.

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The Knife Man: The Extraordinary Life and Times of John Hunter, Father of Modern Surgery by Wendy Mo

Ms. Moore, whose prose is populist rather than matching any scholar's norm, wisely opens the book with demonstration of John's humanitarian concern.

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2 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Various Artists: Total 6

Considering the startling degree to which electronic music has been dominated by the idea of fashion, the success of a business model built on quality music, on critical acclaim and word-of-mouth, is simply a dream come true.

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2 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Unsane: Blood Run

A welcome throwback to a time when rock 'n' roll was truly ugly and dangerous.

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	Marty Stuart: Badlands: Ballads of the Lakota

Badlands has Marty Stuart truly cooking on all cylinders. He is the most important talent in country music this year.

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	Scratch Perverts: Fabric Live 22

A mix 'n' scratch tour through the demented minds of a world-class DMC crew. Their cup of tea is rude and jet black.

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