Reviews

29 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

School for Scoundrels (2006)

Amanda is demoted from object of desire to prop, so wan and undirected that she'll fall for whoever happens to be winning the boys' contest at any given moment.

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Ezekiel Honig: Scattered Practices

Danger: can cause drowsiness; do not operate motor vehicles or fast-spinning, sharp-toothed chainsaw while under the influence of this record.

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28 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Chancellorpink: Chancellorpink

Just because it's possible to record and produce a CD alone doesn't mean you couldn't use a helping hand.

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My Freshman Year by Rebekah Nathan

It's a shame that this book is so disappointing, because Nathan/Small is right about its need.

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28 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Fell #1-6

Which is better: monthly comic books or trade paperback collections?

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The Education of Shelby Knox (2005)

Fighting the good fight against her high school's myopic abstinence-only sex ed policy leads to Shelby’s political and social awakening, giving birth to the hope that common sense and tolerance can prevail deep in the heart of Lubbock, Texas.

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28 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Mohair: Small Talk

It's not hard to imagine Mohair becoming one of those great bands known for being equally skilled as album artists and crafters of classic pop singles.

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Bob Dylan: Bob Dylan:1966-1978 After the Crash [DVD]

This is a fan-made product, albeit a good one, when judged against bootlegs and fanzine stuff, but judged against real documentaries, it's a bit of a drag.

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Venetian Snares: Cavalcade of Glee and Dadaist Happy Hardcore Pom Poms

The new album seems to be part of the more playful Venetian Snares lineage, most comparable, perhaps, to the manic surreality of 2003's Chocolate Wheelchair.

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28 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Razorlight: Razorlight

For a record that displays such naked commercial ambitions, Razorlight is a startlingly unimaginative, bloated and anonymous listen.

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28 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Anne McCue: Koala Motel

Anne McCue's trying to shake her influences, but one keeps holding on.

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Spencer Dickinson: The Man Who Lives for Love

Uneven, over-the-top, and, at its best, irresistibly dirty blues funk from Jon Spencer and the North Mississippi All-Stars

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Guitar Shorty: We the People

Workin' Man's Blues that, well, works!

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The Byrds: There Is a Season

The Byrds pioneered folk-rock, psychedelic-rock, country-rock, and planted the seeds for alt-country. Finally, a box set as encompassing and stunning as their career.

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Emily Herring: My Tears Will Be Relieved

Mix of country styles is hard to pin down, but decidedly uneven.

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28 Sep 2006 // 3:00 PM

Yo La Tengo

Spinning rims, 22-ouncers, and a lesson on listening.

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28 Sep 2006 // 7:00 AM

Crowdpleaser & St. Plomb: 2006

Swiss DJs Crowdpleaser and St. Plomb usher in the era of microtrance. 2006 is headphone techno for today.

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On his second release, Edgar Allen Floe talks a lot, but he doesn't really say anything.

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28 Sep 2006 // 3:00 AM

Persil is from Amsterdam and blends pop with various other effects, samples and loops. Getting off to a very good start with the bubble gum

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28 Sep 2006 // 1:00 AM

OSI: Free

The second abum by this supergroup falls short of being super.

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