Reviews

5 Oct 2006 // 5:00 AM

Marble Valley: Wild Yams

Ex-Pavement drummer seeks ecstasy in whiskey, weed, sunshine, God, and fuzzy guitars... but never loses his sense of humor about it.

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5 Oct 2006 // 3:00 AM

Cepia: Atlantic Blood

To be fair, a remix disc isn't perhaps the best introduction to an electronic musician's work.

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DJ Kurupt: Koch Records: Summer Heat - The Mixtape

Good things on the horizon from rap's refugee camp.

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5 Oct 2006 // 12:43 AM

Ugly Betty

In Ugly Betty, "beauty" appears to be the primary barrier in the way of women's equality, to the point of ignoring other structural discriminations.

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Architecture in Helsinki + The Blow

Melbourne's favorite baroque, brass-and-xylophone-happy indie popsters return with funk-obsessed, island-jamming guitars...and lots of cowbell.

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4 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Homicide by David Simon

When these detectives trade gallows humor over a stone whodunit (department terminology for a case likely never to be solved), it seems less like entertainment and more about keeping despair at bay.

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4 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Nicolay: Here

On his debut album, Dutch producer Nicolay finds a healthy balance between emotions and music, relaying romanticism in every track.

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Justin Timberlake: FutureSex/LoveSounds

You can take the boy out of the band, but can you take the band out of the boy? Timberlake answers with a resounding, "YEAH!"

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Roy Shaw - Brute Force (2006)

Roy's story is riveting stuff and would've made a great honest documentary or at least an amazing '70s crime picture. Instead, we get a series of "dramatic" recreations all photographed on cheap video processed with a "film look" filter which insures that the image will look even cheaper on video.

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The Future Sound of London: Teachings From the Electronic Brain

The first career retrospective from the premier UK techno-experimental duo does a good job showcasing their glistening, evocative sound -- if you must stick to a single disc.

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Radiohead: Classic Album Under Review [DVD]

Ultimately, this documentary is mildly interesting simply because its topic is undeniably so.

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John Waite: Downtown Journey of a Heart

John Waite, former lead singer with '70s rockers the Babys and "supergroup" Bad English has his downtown-bound heart set on making a comeback by rediscovering his past with this refreshing "greatest hits" collection of solid acoustic cuts.

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4 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Motor: Klunk

I must be the bearer of bad news and inform you that Motor's Klunk is perhaps the best techno CD you will hear all year.

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4 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

All City Affairs: Bees

If justice exists, All City Affairs' multi-genre mash-ups will be the sleeper hit of 2006.

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Various artists: Radio Algeria

Intoxicating collages of radio-transmitted rai, chaabi, desert blues, and synthy pop open an impressionistic window onto Algeria's musical culture. But if you don't already know what you're listening to, you're out of luck.

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Caribbean Jazz Project: Mosaic

Professional and accomplished and populated with classy musicians.

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4 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Dan Reeder: Sweetheart

It’s a hit and miss album though, with “Pussy Titty” and “Pussy Heaven” futile attempts at comedy.

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4 Oct 2006 // 7:00 AM

Motion Man: Pablitos Way

Motion Man excels by expanding his boundaries without throwing them out entirely.

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Fans of post-Beatles pop from Big Star to Spoon should check out this very good sophomore album from Minnesota's the Vestals.

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4 Oct 2006 // 3:04 AM

The Queen (2006)

The several shots of Elizabeth II driving her SUV over bumpy roadways are quite the highlight in The Queen.

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