Reviews

30 Jan 2007 // 2:00 AM

God Grew Tired of Us (2007)

Not quite intimate, the film can only hint at its subjects' depths of pain and strength, observing as they grapple with the perversities of life in the States.

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Children of the Grave

The audience can choose to read the book straight, in which case there is a cracking yarn to be found and enjoyed, or they can read between the lines, where a less-than-stellar moral battle is being waged.

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John Waite: Downtown: Journey of a Heart

Although he's a fine vocalist and a good songwriter, I'm not sure that those stats alone create a need to own some of these songs for a second, third or fourth time.

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Fat Freddys Drop: Based on a True Story

One day at work, a Kiwi colleague told us that he was going to play us something we’d like, and this was the album

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29 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Rub-N-Tug: Fabric 30

Fabric gives NYC underground act Rub-N-Tug their big break with the opportunity to contribute to the venerable Fabric mix series. And for the most part,

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Underground by Andrew McGahan

Of course, realism and plausibility are not as essential when a novel has some kind of allegorical significance. Which Underground does not.

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29 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Sherrybaby (2006)

Maggie Gyllenhaal lays it on the line in Sherrybaby.

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29 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Boeing Versus Airbus by John Newhouse

The fight for supremacy between two aircraft-making giants.

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Various Artists: The Bombay Connection, Vol. 1 Funk From Bollywood Action Thrillers 1977-1984

East meets West with the first two in a series of six compilation albums, collecting the best of Bollywood cinema score and song.

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Various Artists: Cabinet Classics 1994-1998 & Cabinet Unreleased Classics 1994-2005

Richie Hawtin selects prime singles and compelling outtakes from one of Berlin's great techno labels.

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The Autumn Defense: The Autumn Defense

John Stirratt and Pat Sansone are forever perfecting their blend of sunny AM rock, folk, and jazz. Here they both elaborate on that sound and prove the Autumn Defense is no mere side project.

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Gene Simmons - Family Jewels - Season One

Gene Simmons thinks he's a rock god. But his girlfriend and kids just laugh at him. Therein lies the charm of this series.

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29 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Rob Crow: Living Well

Go home. Kiss wife. Spend time with kid. Record full-blown confessional indie-rock LP. Sleep.

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Wanda Sykes - Sick and Tired (2006)

Sick & Tired serves laughter like Sykes prefers her drinking: straight no chaser kissing the rim of a bottomless glass.

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29 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

The Finches: Human Like a House

As restricted as it is by genre, this small-scale release offers some charming moments

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Third World Love: Sketch of Tel Aviv

Starts brilliantly, ends brilliantly... major jazz talents sandwiching lighter-weight excitement.

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Brandon Pfeiffer: Nothing Short of Now

Mixing equal parts of rock and Americana, Brandon Pfeiffer’s six-song effort is pretty good. Falling somewhere along the lines of an indie rock version

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Lily Allen: Alright, Still

The UK's most famous MySpace member puts out her much-ballyhooed debut. Big Time, meet Lily. Lily, meet the Big Time.

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Breaking and Entering (2006)

While Breaking and Entering leans heavily on its metaphors (see especially, the titular allusions), it doesn't make any of its roiling notions compelling.

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28 Jan 2007 // 11:00 PM

Mission of Burma + Oneida

When people ask me who my favorite band is, I usually say Oneida, except for when I say Mission of Burma...

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