Reviews

28 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Rude Boy (1979)

Rude Boy does little more than remind us of the Clash's greatness; as such, it's a cinematic failure but a musical necessity.

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Michael Franti & Spearhead: Yell Fire!

Slipping into genre stereotypes should sound a warning bell for the artist's career, and it's a shame, because Michael Franti's message, even if it is overly idealistic, should be welcomed when war is an unfortunate reality.

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Heidi Mortensen: Wired Stuff

In every sense, Mortenson's twisted girrl-pop is uncompromising. This is the soundtrack to Christina Aguilera's nightmares.

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28 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Al-Andalus: Alchemy

And yet, as the album went on, I began to realise that there was something of substance here...

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Purple City: The Purple Album

For rappers this bad to sell that much, somebody had to work their ass off.

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28 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Erase Errata: Nightlife

Unlike many bands today that are taking cues from older bands, Erase Errata really know how to be influenced without having the influence take over their sound.

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28 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Asobi Seksu: Citrus

After languishing for over 10 years as a frequently cited, rarely performed influence on an entire generation of bands, shoegaze appears to be a viable genre again.

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27 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

A Scanner Darkly

Hallucination is not a private matter; it is a a subjective reality, backed with the force of unyielding belief, and it can become consensus reality.

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27 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Chappelles Show: The Lost Episodes

Hearing that Chappelle was worried about who was laughing and why is upsetting. His comedy had always seemed "inclusive," making racism "safe" to explore in front of mixed audiences.

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27 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Blue Iguana (1988)

Holloway walks a fine line between action hero and total cheeseball. He charms women as easily as he guns down bad guys, and never sullies his clothes.

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27 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Knife: Silent Shout

As a place of medieval, dark mystery, Sweden now has now found a trusty, oddly appropriate soundtrack in Silent Shout, a psychopathic amalgam of all things Scandinavian, tossed into one big kettle boiled down liquid form, and then knocked back like a shot of ice cold Hallands Flader.

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Nobody & the Mystic Chords of Memory: Tree Colored See

Psyche-leaning electronica and trippy cowboy tunes go together like peanut butter and chocolate, but how about some stronger beats?

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27 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Moloko: Catalogue

Given that only one of Moloko's four studio albums was even released in the States, US listeners have plenty of tunes to on which to catch up, and the catching up is a fun task indeed.

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27 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

John Doe: For The Best Of Us

Doe splits the difference between punk and roots on this 1998 EP re-issue.

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Linda Ronstadt and Ann Savoy: Adieu False Heart

Ronstadt and Savoy team on bayou-based set of songs. Highly recommended with a box of tissues by your side.

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27 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Fred Anderson: Timeless

"We gotta keep this music goin'!"

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Various Artists: Palace Lounge Presents Cafe D’Afrique

Let's not forget slow jazz is for elevators, or trying-too-hard- to-be-romantic restaurants -- not for those who take their medication nasally, on some sunny Mediterranean island

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26 Jul 2006 // 10:00 PM

Peaches: Impeach My Bush

Peaches adds politics to the sex talk on Impeach My Bush.

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26 Jul 2006 // 4:00 PM

Sunset Rubdown

I swore I wouldn't do it. I wouldn't make lazy, obvious comparisons. But, I can't help thinking of... Avril Lavigne?!?

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26 Jul 2006 // 4:00 PM

The Pretenders

The phrases 'punk' and 'oldies' mix about as well as chocolate cake and mayonnaise. Maybe that's why Chrissie Hynde won't stand still.

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