Reviews

4 Aug 2005 // 12:00 AM

Downfall (2004)

Eva and Hitler kill themselves off-screen, the precise steps they took unseen because, the director says, 'the worst thing that could happen to this most horrible person of history is that he become a myth'.

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3 Aug 2005 // 10:00 PM

	ZZZZ: Palm Reader

It's obvious from the get-go that ZZZZ is kind of nuts, in the best of ways. Unfortunately, it takes a bit more than that to produce a great listen.

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3 Aug 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Tiki Tiki Bamboooos: Where Is Your Secret Spot?

Just as the tiki of the '50s was based on faux-tropicalia, this Japanese export create a fake island fantasy in their music.

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	Some Water and Sun: All My Friends Have to Go

The album could be described as a number of things, including downtempo microhouse, futuristic J-pop R&B, or glitchy primary color trip-hop, but none of these imaginative labels could come close to fully explaining it.

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	The Saltshakers: A Beautiful Mess

The Saltshakers try to tap into the long tradition of beautiful losers that hail from the Midwest. Ironically, they need a bit more polish to sound gloriously dilapidated.

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	Nickel Creek: Why Should the Fire Die?

The newgrass wunderkinds make a strong bid for pop stardom without sacrificing too much of their purity.

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3 Aug 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Most Serene Republic: Underwater Cinematographer

The first Arts & Crafts signing without a member of Broken Social Scene delivers an intriguing debut album with influences worn conspicuously on its sleeve. However, it also includes some stunningly unpredictable moments.

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3 Aug 2005 // 10:00 PM

This noisy New York trio offers up another blast of funky, blues-inflected instrumental rock, evoking hazy shades of '70s FM gold.

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	The Clumsy Lovers: Smart Kid

We're running out of time, but this roots album has enough summer left to get some play, be it in Ireland or Dublin, Alabama.

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	Neal Casal: Return in Kind

Casal covers an eclectic array of artists with a few slight misses but more sure things by Doug Sahm and the Faces.

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3 Aug 2005 // 12:00 AM

Were I as cynical as the rest of the Indie Rock Complex I would tell you that this was a lineup of golden-era college radio has-beens and new-era never-shoulda-beens. But, then, I'm not the snarky type...

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World Tour Poker: Bad Boys of Poker

It's hard not to see this behavior as showing off, even when hearing Phil Laak reflect on it during his commentary.

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3 Aug 2005 // 12:00 AM

Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List

Kathy Griffin's comedy routine challenges the A-list as a concept and effect, though the performance manifests Griffin's own drive for fame.

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3 Aug 2005 // 12:00 AM

Guild Wars

The stereotype is that gamers are antisocial, but anyone who plays MMOs knows you have to communicate, collaborate, take calculated risks, learn diplomacy, and hone your leadership skills.

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Old Clothes, New Looks: Second Hand Fashion by Alexandra Palmer and Hazel Clark

One of the book's main themes is how the second hand clothing market has provided opportunities for female self-determination, however limited by the silk canopy of patriarchal authority.

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Burden of Dreams: Criterion Collection (1982)

Complex, ambitious, inspired, Herzog here talks his way through the making of his movie with a remarkable self-consciousness.

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2 Aug 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Willowz: Talk in Circles

Young garage rockers have the goods, but could use a lesson in brevity.

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2 Aug 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Väsen: Keyed Up

The virtuosic Swedish trio really shines when playing together as if of one mind.

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	Shakira: Fijación Oral, Vol. 1

Fijación Oral is a very good Latin pop album. To say that I'm looking forward to Oral Fixation is a massive understatement.

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	Mutamassik: Masri Mokkassar: Definitive Works

Cairo, Tuscany, Brooklyn, and London have more in common than you think.

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