Reviews
Various Artists: Confuzed Disco

A generous spread of music, some of it still with its hints-of-the-'70s flavour intact, but much of it remixed recently by contemporary DJs who have streamlined the old sounds and made them pump and thump.

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16 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Keb Mo: Suitcase

Relentlessly nice; the opposite of whatever the avant-garde is.

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Catch 22: Permanent Revolution

Catch 22 sticks to their strengths, and Permanent Revolution is an unchallenging but satisfying effort that bounces back nicely from their last disappointment -- and manages to educate listeners about Leon Trotsky in the process.

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Unagi: It Came From Beneath the SFC

When Unagi gets behind the boards, it's delightfully difficult to predict his content, but it's safe to bet on the quality of his work.

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Various Artists: Touch 25

British label Touch celebrates a quarter century of conscientious devotion to electronic music.

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The Rosewood Thieves: From the Decker House

The Rosewood Thieves are a NYC band just pining for the simple things—a country house, a fire against the cold, etc. Their debut EP,

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Electric Lights Flashing Very Fast: Let There Be Lights EP

Electric Lights Flashing Very Fast is a talented group of thunderers, well able to wind up their music and send it bursting over you in jellied, semi-psychedelic waves.

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Monsters Are Waiting: Fascination

Updated '80s-style mall-goth, done right.

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The Clientele + Great Lakes

On their records, the Clientele sound hazy. Playing in 100-degree heat, they look that way too.

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15 Aug 2006 // 1:00 AM

Baby Dayliner

Does everyone really love an Italian girl?

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15 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

What Gets Into Us by Moira Crone

Like the works of Flannery O'Connor, this collection transcends the genre of "Southern Literature" and probes deeply into the paradoxes of the psyche and the zeitgeist of modern America.

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15 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Gene Simmons Family Jewels

Once again, a seemingly antisocial and arrogant rock icon turns out to be a sharp, smart businessman with a solid family unit and a soft and cuddly offstage demeanor.

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15 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Inside Man (2006)

Appearing in tight shots, the grainy hi-def digital exacerbating their complexities, the interviewees are traumatized or performative, sometimes both.

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Agalloch: Ashes Against the Grain

Agalloch's third album continues to tread new ground, and the results are electrifying.

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15 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Zox: The Wait

I like Zox.  These boys have spunk.  They rock when they need to rock, they’ve got the tender side that makes the

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Penn & Teller: Off the Deep End

With Penn & Teller: Off the Deep End, the duo once again showcase their ability to update and reframe old-school magic with lateral thinking and hipster showmanship.

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Christian McBride: Live at Tonic

A triple-dose of jazz bass monsterhood -- one slice of contemporary fusion followed by two slices of jam-o-rific guest-laden funk. Get your jazz groove on.

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15 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Format: Dog Problems

Dog Problems sounds like Disney on crack -- which makes for one of the best albums of the summer.

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The Delgados: The Complete BBC Peel Sessions

John Peel is sadly gone, and the Delgados are sadly no more. Yet this two-disc compilation from one of Scotland's finest does both the band and the radio icon extremely proud.

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15 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Ides of March: Vehicle

This hodge-podge by a Blood Sweat & Tears sound-alike, rushed out to capitalize on the title track's success, fails to live up to that song's campy ludicrousness.

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