Reviews

6 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Flunk: Morning Star

If we had a modern equivalent of AM radio, this is what the stations would play.

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	Colleen: The Golden Morning Breaks

The French mistress of bucolic bliss is still very much away with the fairies, none of whom have gone death metal since her first album.

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6 Jul 2005 // 12:00 AM

Hip-hop holds the ears of Japanese youth. To wrest its grip it'll take something pretty wild: Jungle won't do it and Drum and Bass is right out. But could an all out JDB assault be the ticket?

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6 Jul 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Cut

One can only hope that the title of The Cut proves prophetic and it is cut soon.

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This Is Pop: In Search of the Elusive at Experience Music Project by Eric Weisbard

'Creativity has become reduced to taste games,' says Reynolds, and thus 'music for music's sake' has become the primary force driving the authorial role in pop. Will someone knight this guy, already?"

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Sling Blade - Director’s Cut (Miramax Collector’s Series) (1996)

Sling Blade is a piece of true Southern Gothic in the vein of Flannery O'Connor, Harry Crews, and (yes, I'll say it) William Faulkner.

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6 Jul 2005 // 12:00 AM

Coyote Ugly: The Unrated Extended Cut (2000)

Melanie Lynskey, despite being underused in the film, says more with a couple of gestures and expressions than anyone else does with dialogue.

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5 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Various Artists: Africa Remix: Ah Freak Iya

Art and music join together to form an interesting and attractive recording from an exotic land.

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5 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Saul Zonana: 42 Days

Summertime is upon us and that means everything is heating up... and Zonana's new album is hot...

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	Partyline: Girls With Glasses

The party line on this Partyline is simple: Fun, mildly nostalgic but altogether uninspiring.

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	Morning Spy: The Silver Age

A fine record with loud echoes of other fine bands and records. If they're not careful someone might accuse them of something untoward.

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	Tord Gustavsen Trio: The Ground

This delicately balanced piano trio blends slow tempos, a gospel feel, and delicious restraint into something lovely. You almost feel guilty for liking something so beautiful, but this music gets under your skin and into your head.

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	Grey DeLisle: Iron Flowers

Critics will alter their year-end lists, thanks to this stellar album to which descriptions like 'Americana' or 'traditional' do not begin to do justice.

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5 Jul 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Richard Davis: Details

This is a minimal house record recorded with a deep house sensibility, and fastened to a sincerely gorgeous pop framework.

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	Jordan Chassan: East of Bristol, West of Knoxville

Chassan's living in his own private Tennessee and there ain't no place he'd rather be singing and playing his homemade music.

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5 Jul 2005 // 12:00 AM

What City of God star sells out a Monday gig? Seu, can you dig it? Who gets love from all the favelas, and Bill Murray? This Seu cat is one baaad malandr..., shut yo' mouth! I'm talkin' 'bout Seu!

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5 Jul 2005 // 12:00 AM

Metroid Prime 2 Echoes

Because the developers were unwillingness to alter the model they created in 2002, newcomers and veterans alike will find themselves bothered rather than fulfilled.

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5 Jul 2005 // 12:00 AM

Beauty and the Geek

Ashton Kutcher needs to get the memo: watching people embarrass themselves will only garner laughs for so long.

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Richard’s Poor Almanac by Richard Thompson

In the realm of modern newspaper publishing, a strip like Richard's Poor Almanac is an anomaly. The well-documented homogenization of the funny pages has resulted in increasingly generalized and toothless strips aimed straight at the largest possible demographics.

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5 Jul 2005 // 12:00 AM

Double Dare (2004)

Jeannie Epper actually stands for longevity, not retirement, the example that Bell might follow once all the bright lights disappear.

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