Reviews

15 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Bamboos: Step It Up

The Bamboos have more funk than a kangaroo's got hops. But while they're heavy on drum and bass, the band is too light on variety.

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Burnt Friedman & Jaki Liebezeit: Secret Rhythms 2

Channeling the spirits of Augustus Pablo and Can certainly isn't the worst musical concept to attempt, and Friedman and Liebezeit do a credible job of making it work.

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Television Personalities: My Dark Places

For fans of a certain kind of music, there is unlikely to be a more significant release in 2006.

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Saxon Shore: The Exquisite Death of Saxon Shore

An instrumental concept album that explores the "hypothetical death" of Saxon Shore -- lively or lifeless?

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	Merle Haggard: Live From Austin TX [DVD]

Merle Haggard is still going, and it is on the strength of his timeless country songs. A select cache of numbers is showcased from this memorable '85 date for the legendary PBS program.

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15 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Dirty Pretty Things

Rising Above the Shambles: On the sorted re-emergence of an ex-Libertine.

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15 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Top Chef

Stephen insists on the importance of the wine to any meal, how it brings out the flavors of a dish when appropriately paired. He's right, but he's so prissy about it that you can't help but hate him.

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15 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Black. White.

The premise is almost fatally flawed. No matter the truism, it's impossible to experience another existence by merely 'walking in someone else's shoes'.

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The Biggest Loser: Australian Edition

The Blue Team's bullshit, taking too much screen time, reminds us that this is a ratings-first program, no matter the good it eventually does.

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Hard-Boiled Masculinities by Christopher Breu

The adoption of a hard-boiled persona by a character reflects his response to the particular capitalism of the US in the interwar period, frequently against the normative movement and in desire of a pre-industrial, agrarian society.

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15 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Cavalcade of Comedy (2006)

It's mesmerizing to watch actors 'inadvertently' set up for a brick in the face or a plank across the skull.

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Revolting Cocks: Cocked and Loaded

Just as revolting as the band's name would imply, Cocked and Loaded would have been better if Al Jourgensen passed gas into a microphone for 45 minutes and released the result as an album.

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14 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Herbaliser: Fabriclive 26

Ultimately, the point of this mix is this: a celebration of hip-hop throughout the ages, in all its many forms and incarnations.

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KT Tunstall: Eye to the Telescope

KT Tunstall's debut album finally finally gets a release in the USA. It's been a long time coming, but it was really worth the wait.

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Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3: ...Tick ...Tick ...Tick

Wynn and the Miracle 3 have finally captured the energy and spontaneity of their live performances in the studio, resulting in an early contender for one of the year's strongest rock records.

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The Howling Hex: You Can’t Beat Tomorrow

Restructuring his Howling Hex, Neil Michael Hagerty records a variety show pilot and releases it alongside a slapdash assortment of unassumingly brilliant avant-Americana.

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Various Artists: Heartworn Highways

Have a toast in honor of terrific, previously unreleased music from a documentary film about some of Texas' best hard drinkin' singer-songwriters like Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell and many others.

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14 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Centro-matic: Fort Recovery

In the 10th year of Centro-matic's illustrious career the Denton, TX band gives us their finest outing to date. It is what Centro-matic has always been capable of and the band absolutely nails it.

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Teairra Mari: Roc-A-Fella Records Presents Teairra Mari

Giant hip-hop Roc-A-Fella label introduces Teairra Mari and leaves her to struggle all by herself.

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14 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Jones leads us through a world of porn peddlers and the weird inhabitants of that world.

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