Reviews

28 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Oasis: Stop the Clocks

Whatever you think of the Faces/Beatles-chord pilfering and Liam's ability to turn "shine" into a three-syllable insult, when these guys are on, they float right over their own press.

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28 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

The Wobblies (1979)

For recovering this forgotten segment of American history, and for rightly emphasizing that dissent is a crucial component of the American heritage, The Wobblies does a service for us all.

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36 Crazyfists: Rest Inside the Flames

Can 'flaming' passion compensate for blatant unoriginality?

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Transformers Armada: Season 1, Part 2

Hasbro toys may be great for the kids, but when it comes to creating a dramatic animated series, Transformers Armada should have been left at the bottom of the toy box.

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Darc Mind: Symptomatic of a Greater Ill

You're telling me this album's 10 years old? Seriously? Damn.

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28 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Dani Siciliano: Slappers

One potentially Very Important Album, three critical responses.

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Various Artists: Electric Gypsyland 2

Electric Gypsyland 2 is a good sequel: a playful, explorative sequel that takes the basic idea from its predecessor and uses it as a foundation, not a restriction.

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The Jeff Gauthier Goatette: One and the Same

Categorizing this 39 minutes of music that takes itself so seriously as jazz is questionable, even if there is improvisation.

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28 Nov 2006 // 5:00 AM

The Horrors: The Horrors EP

The Horrors formula is ridiculously simple: they’re simply a modern update of the weird “96 Tears” crooners ? & the Mysterians.  A little bit of

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28 Nov 2006 // 3:00 AM

Robin Guthrie: Everlasting

Ex-Cocteau Twin follows up his recent solo album with four more lush instrumentals that sound just like his old band without the words.

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28 Nov 2006 // 2:00 AM

My Boys

The sports metaphors are laid out as if for beginners, but Jordana Spiro is both charismatic and accommodating, good on her own and in a group.

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28 Nov 2006 // 1:00 AM

Two Five: Who is Two Five

Two Five couldn't out-rap my grandma.

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27 Nov 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Close: Sun, Burn

The Close used to sound like a band anxious to be discovered, but on Sun, Burn, they sound a little like one that hasn't been.

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27 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Lucero

If the Pogues embody the Jameson-addled anthems of Ireland, Lucero turns the whiskey into bourbon aged in Tennessee oak and chased by a Bud.

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Clipse: Hell Hath No Fury

The Virginia duo manages to pull off one of the most entertaining releases of the year, on the surface.

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Da Capo Best Music Writing 2006 by Series Editor: Daphne Carr / Guest Editor: Mary Gaitskill

Essays not only follow a thematic progression, but a rhythmic one as well.

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Rock Star Supernova: Rock Star Supernova

If you want to prove to the world that you're not a cliché, shouldn't you be singing about something other than girls, kicking ass, and how awesome you are?

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Brand New: The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me

Brand New's third album is not a disc you want to check out if you’re looking for an overview of their first two: it's an innovation of the grandest kind.

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Shes Such a Geek! Women Write About Science, Technology and other Nerdy Stuff by Annalee Newitz and

In circus parlance, a 'geek' is a sideshow performer who does disgusting things such as bite the heads off live chickens.

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Branford Marsalis Quartet: Braggtown

Saxophone-plus-rhythm, head down and bent to it again.

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