Reviews

6 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

X Isle #1-3

Readers can also have fun with the characters by comparing them to the films they remind you of.

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6 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Not To: New and Selected Poems by Elaine Terranova

Like the process of becoming experienced, these poems ask us to pay attention.

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6 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

John Vanderslice

Is it true, what his website says, that John Vanderslice is the "friendliest guy in indie rock?"

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6 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Phish: Colorado 88

Fairy tales, rock-star mythology, corny jokes and, occasionally, a miracle.

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Babyshambles: The Blinding EP

This EP is a reminder that before things started to get silly, and the ugly, gleaming spotlight turned on him, Pete Doherty was one of our most exciting songwriters.

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Various: The Revenge of Blind Joe Death

This respectful tribute to an irreplaceable giant of Americana throws in a few surprises and entertains from start to finish.

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Misc. Artists: Outlaw Country: Live From Austin, TX [DVD]

The effort to share music with fellow travelers and the appreciative Austin audience is a key part of that painful, uncertain effort to reach insight and express meaning through the music.

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6 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

The Son (2002)

The Dardenne brothers are such conscientious filmmakers -- they know how to photograph an idea -- but sometimes their style has the effect of making life seem smaller, simpler, and less interesting than it really is.

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Colleen et Les Boites a Musique: Colleen et Les Boites a Musique

A concept EP based solely around music boxes. Sounds gimmicky? Well, maybe it is a little…

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Darko Rundek and Cargo Orkestar: Mhm A-Ha Oh Yeah Da-Da

It can be blaring, cynical, adult -- sometimes harsh, but also rueful-sweet with a controlled undercurrent of idealistic humanity.

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6 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

AG: Get Dirty Radio

Still enough of a giant.

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6 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Lithops: Mound Magnet

It's worth the effort to explore what this album has to offer.

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6 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Dead Can Dance: Wake

A superlative sampler of Dead Can Dance, a unique act whose music is as great now as the day it was released.

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6 Dec 2006 // 3:00 AM

Old Joy (2006)

While the film appears to focus on an evolving friendship, it is, as well, a meditation on political and moral ideals, as these give way to questions and frustrations, self-reflection and, perhaps, self-understanding.

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5 Dec 2006 // 9:03 PM

Ronee Blakley: Welcome

She may have played a bigger country star in Nashville than she ever became in the actual music industry, but Ronee Blakley’s largely forgotten

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ActionReaction: 3 Is the Magic Number

Emocore has lost another soul to the allure of indie rock.  Jason Gleason, ex-frontman for Further Seems Forever, has joined forces with old friends,

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Pattern Is Movement: Canonic

Tiny Telephone engineer Scott Solter re-interprets the fractious avant pop of Pattern Is Movement

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The Blow: Paper Television

The Blow dumb down, reach out, and rise up with their strongest effort yet.

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5 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Rez Abbasi: Bazaar

As in any bazaar there's a wide selection of things being offered.

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Tom Waits: Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards

If you hear the phrases, 'The female praying mantis devours the male while they are mating. The male sometimes continues copulating even after the female has bitten off his head, and part of his upper torso,' you are listening to a Bastard.

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