Reviews
Van Morrison: Pay the Devil

The great Van the Man, reduced to (mostly) covers and genre constrictions.

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Carol Bui: This Is How I Recover

Grim, powerful debut from a singer-songwriter who resists being pigeon-holed with the help of a trusty distortion pedal.

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Kimya Dawson: Remember That I Love You

Does a song have the power to save people from suicide? Kimya sings like it does.

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8 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Gianluca Petrella: Indigo 4

Gianluca Petrella is a young Italian trombone player who is well-versed in electronica and rock as well as jazz.

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6 May 2006 // 2:03 AM

A movie titled M:I:III can't lean too hard on verbal wit, and so it quickly leaves Laurence Fishburne behind to head out into the actionated field.

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The Promise (Wu ji) (2005)

There's a lesson here, about the seductions of wealth versus the purities of true love, but the film is less concerned with teaching it than laying out all the pieces and letting them fly.

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Mission Impossible III (2006)

A movie titled M:I:III can't lean too hard on verbal wit, and so it quickly leaves Laurence Fishburne behind to head out into the actionated field.

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5 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

Billy Joel

's name hangs from the rafters of the world's most famous arena, not the man himself. Love him or hate him, the Piano Man ain't going anywhere.

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Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster by Michael Eric Dyson

In an ancillary sense, the author uses the events of Katrina to tell the African American community that they cannot have it both ways. One should not shout 'Amen' when Bill Cosby disses poor black folk yet cry foul when the media refers to African American citizens stranded at the Superdome as 'refugees'.

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5 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Tool: 10,000 Days

"Who cares about the music? It looks like Maynard's pointing right at me!"

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5 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Amel Larrieux: Morning

An Ode to Amel Larrieux: on how to follow a masterpiece, why the label "Neo-Soul" must be destroyed, and how to deal in The Twilight Zone, oops, I mean "the music industry".

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Bruce Robison: Eleven Stories

Bruce Robison is one of the best songwriters in country music, which means that he's one of the best songwriters in the world.

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5 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Matisyahu: Youth

Youth may not be Matisyahu's second album, but it's still a sophomore slump.

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Cyrus Chestnut: Genuine Chestnut

The Telarc label has been collecting pianists -- Brubeck, Peterson! -- and the sometime Wynton Marsalis alumnus Cyrus Chestnut is another good one.

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Blondie: Greatest Hits: Sound & Vision

Listening to all these songs in a row provides a reminder of what a great band Blondie was in its heyday, blessed with well-constructed songs, powerful vocals, concise playing, and great production.

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Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass: Whipped Cream and Other Delights Rewhipped

Herb Alpert and his band possessed a horny genius for performing Latin jazz inflected pop. Here, it's been rewhipped for a younger crowd.

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Storsveit Nix Noltes: Orkideur Hawai

Storsveit Nix Noltes are the sweatiest and most rambunctious non-Bulgarian Bulgarian group around.

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Willy Mason: Where the Humans Eat

Mason's songs hum and thrill with the kind of poetry that gets you labeled 'the next Dylan', but his music is more firmly planted within the folk-blues genre.

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4 May 2006 // 3:00 AM

Down in the Valley (2005)

Look out: here comes another revisionist Western.

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4 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

Given his track record thus far, it is a safe bet that Paul Pope will satisfy his audience with his final explanation behind the mystery of the 'Bat-man of Gotham'.

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The Moving Pixels Podcast Looks at the Scenic Vistas and Human Drama of 'Firewatch'

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"This week we consider the beautiful world that Campo Santo has built for us to explore and the way that the game explores human relationships through its protagonist's own explorations within that world.

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