Reviews

27 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

OOIOO: Taiga

It's exhausting, it's exhilarating, it's excellent.

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Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (2006)

Fabulous! might have been more accurately titled, "Assimilate! The Mainstream Commercial Success of Gay and Lesbian Cinema."

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Los Lobos: The Town and the City

A record full of beauty and pain and fear and hope by five guys who know what the hell they're talking about.

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Black Stone Cherry: Black Stone Cherry

Once in a rare while, a new band takes familiar hard rock, and puts a fresh spin on it.

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Bobby Bare Jr.s Young Criminals Starvation League: The Longest Meow

Bare's newest release is comprised of 11 songs recorded with 11 friends in 11 hours. And though The Longest Meow is tagged as a release with the Young Criminals Starvation League, it's more of a return to the amped-up sound of his first band, Bare Jr.

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Los Lobos: The Town and the City

It's easy to take Los Lobos for granted; this album just might fix that.

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Eighteen Visions: Eighteen Visions

Servicable hard rock, Eighteen Visions doesn't bring anything of particular note to the mat.

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27 Sep 2006 // 3:00 PM

Sufjan Stevens

5am, coffee, and Sufjan Stevens...

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27 Sep 2006 // 7:00 AM

Awesome Color: s/t

Stooge-ology students transcend imitation, achieve Ig-dom on blistering debut.

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The Lonesome Heroes: Dont Play to Lose

Dreamy country that blurs the lines of country, indie and psychdelia.

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A Change of Pace: Prepare the Masses

Most groups release their debut and then tour the hell out of it, but the key is whether they break up and hate each other

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27 Sep 2006 // 1:00 AM

Zukanican: Horse Republic

Horse Republic is not the album to play if you're feeling hungover.

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Romancing the Stone/The Jewel of the Nile (1984)

Everything in Jewel of the Nile is predictable, right down to the romantic final scenes at sunset.

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The Last King of Scotland (2006)

That Nicholas is also capable of great horrors, specifically in that he lets others act it for him and gets away with it, makes him, at some level, even more troubling than Amin.

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Old Crow Medicine Show: Big Iron World

Where many other groups feel the need to approach traditional material with an eye on preserving it, Old Crow Medicine Show intend to make it live and breathe.

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26 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Power Trip (2003)

The subject of globalization is all too often reduced to slogans on protestors' signs or corporate catch phrases. Power Trip is a challenge to this kind of simplification.

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26 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

DJ Shadow: The Outsider

Everyone who ever loved Shadow's music owes it to themselves to judge The Outsider on its own merits.

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A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka

[It is] about using the roots of one family's persistent psychodrama to view the greater crisis of war, power, and national/cultural upheaval.

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26 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

American Virgin #1-4

With a topic as heated as sex, if Seagle and Cloonan do their jobs right it's only a matter of time before people start making noise about this comic, and that's a very good thing.

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Marisa Monte: Universo Ao Meu Redor

I am in awe of all the respect and love that Monte gives to her nation's greatest musical form; everything is precision, class, beauty, and these are good things.

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