Reviews

26 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Tosca: J.A.C.

The Viennese G-Stone sound is alive and well, and J.A.C. is a fine example of some of the best downtempo music being made today.

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26 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Sex Pistols: The Great Rock and Roll Swindle [DVD]

Still, 250 hours of footage, and none of it showed up on this DVD...? Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?"

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	OCS: 3 & 4 (Songs About Death and Dying/Get Stoned)

Lo-fi, 28-track, double-disc set that has some moments of grandeur, a few that are head-scratching, and some that will leave you happily puzzled.

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26 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

	R. Kelly: TP.3 Reloaded

Few artists in recent times, besides maybe Prince, are more prolific and consistent as Kelly has been throughout his career.

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26 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Doxies: Weight of Gold

The Doxies present a promising pop-rock album marred by horrid production and some unfortunate recording decisions.

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	Daedelus: Exquisite Corpse

Daedelus, the humble producer, is way more impressive than he realizes, and this album is almost proof.

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	The Backdoor Men: Sodra Esplanaden 3

A look at the short career of 1980s Swedish garage rock mods shows they were dedicated followers of fashion.

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26 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Tara Angell: Come Down

Folk-gothic, ghost-ridden debut channels Marianne Faithfull meeting Nick Drake and punching him in the head. Now mandatory for cross-country drives.

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26 Jul 2005 // 12:00 AM

It takes real guts to remain decidedly immature after all these years. Even as John Linnell and John Flansburgh enter middle age, their skewed worldview remains firmly in place.

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26 Jul 2005 // 12:00 AM

Situation: Comedy

Situation: Comedy is a reality show where NBC producers break the fourth wall, turn to us half-wit boobs and ask, 'Got any ideas?'

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The Brady Bunch: The Complete Second Season

Here again, you'll experience the split-level ranch house, beaded vests, Astroturf, and 'groovy' vocabulary.

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26 Jul 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Lives of Rain by Nathalie Handal

This is a fiercely global poetry, one that requires (and provides) a wide if not particularly thorough knowledge of this planet's cultures.

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	Various Artists: Buzzin’ Fly Volume 2

Studious house from Ben Watt's ultra-hip label. Is this what party music sounds like in the terrorist age?"

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25 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Wolf Parade: Wolf Parade

A Brilliant Sample Of Their Fall Debut. Will Summer End Already!?"

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	Richard Thompson: Live From Austin, TX

While 'Live' is not the jaw-dropping Richard Thompson live album that must exist somewhere on tape, it has plenty to remind people why Thompson remains one of music's most talented -- and criminally underappreciated -- artists.

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	Orange Park: Songs from the Unknown

New York band chooses the summer sounds of California rather than the garage rock of Hell's Kitchen to get its point across.

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	Marian McPartland & Elvis Costello: Piano Jazz: McPartland/Costello

Legendary singer-songwriter's appearance on long-running NPR program finds him performing some of his favorite ballads.

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	Keith LeBlanc: Stop the Confusion (Global Interference)

A solid career retrospective from one of the more important no-names in modern popular music.

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	The Free Design: The Now Sound Redesigned

This remix album uses remixers such as Madlib, Sterolab, and Danger Mouse in order to seduce listeners into the sonically rich world of '60s sunshine pop greats, the Free Design.

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	Einsturzende Neubauten: 1/2 Mensch [DVD]

Of course, there is always something perpetually upsetting about seeing an animated fetus moving through an inky-black universe of German screams and scraping metal.

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