Reviews

1 Aug 2005 // 10:00 PM

	David Mead: Wherever You Are

Short but delightfully sweet, David Mead serves up six tracks from a 'lost' album / musical love letter to NYC.

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	Lowlights: Dark End Road

Lowlights doesn't so much make music as motion pictures in sound. Haunting and lonesome, this is true country -- alternative or whatever.

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1 Aug 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Fleshtones: Beachhead

Every once and a while, when the mood strikes them, the Fleshtones release an album of primal garage rock to remind the youngsters how it's really done.

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	Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah likely has a very bright career ahead of them, but they're only just getting started.

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Ryan: The Special Edition (2004)

Ryan Larkin is smothered by his own work, unable to meet others' expectations but still swamped by a desire to create.

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1 Aug 2005 // 12:00 AM

Seeing Keys without thousands of fans in my way certainly seemed like a nice way to spend an evening. Attending alongside a 'wonderful young lady' sealed the deal.

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1 Aug 2005 // 12:00 AM

Tony Bourdain: No Reservations

Mostly, Tony Bourdain is mad at us, for allowing our taste buds to be tainted by fast food and microwaved mediocrity.

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1 Aug 2005 // 12:00 AM

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

With her astonishing run of the first five books, Rowling's magical thrillers have grown increasingly darker, using deaths in books four and five to really give the story's arc an emotional heft the first trio were thin on.

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The Street With No Name / House of Bamboo (1948/1955)

The men's relationship is rerouted through any number of bizarre set pieces, the sort of brilliant incongruity that Fuller loved to wreak.

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	The Thieves: Tales From the White Line

In the sweepstakes to make the most derivative rock album ever, the Thieves live up to their name.

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31 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Pipas: Chunnel Autumnal

Re-release consisting of original album and EP that will send Belle and Sebastian fans looking for their, well, Belle and Sebastian records.

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31 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Meat Katie: Fabriclive 21

One of the best and most comprehensive breakbeat compilations in years.

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	B.B. King: Chronicles: 3 Classic Albums

This is prime B.B. King, and you'd be hard pressed to find anything better, either in his catalog or anywhere else in the blues.

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	The Juan MacLean: Less Than Human

Juan MacLean. Juanita MacLean. Juan's gay robot best friend. Hilarity ensues.

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	Jackson United: Western Ballads

If the cover of your diary or is woefully lacking in angsty quotes, or your yearbook entry has room for a few quick jabs at your ex, have I got the album for you.

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	High School Sweethearts: Heels ‘n’ Wheels

Co-ed garage poppers deliver too much of a good thing on their sophomore album.

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	Devo: Devo - Live 1980 [DVD]

In spite of the poor video quality, the new Dual Disc release is a historical document worth preserving, remarkable for the fact that a record of the show even exists.

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	Above This Fire: In Perspective

A satisfying start for a punk rock band that just may soon become a household name.

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29 Jul 2005 // 12:00 AM

Dudes? What were you thinking? Hoang was clearly inferior to his competitors in the subtle art of airy rockness. His technique was most heinous and his (imaginary) riffs most unkind.

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Tilt: The Complete First Season

The players in Tilt have so little respect for poker that the honor of the game is lost amid shaky deals and legs getting snapped.

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