Reviews

27 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

A Scanner Darkly

Hallucination is not a private matter; it is a a subjective reality, backed with the force of unyielding belief, and it can become consensus reality.

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27 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Chappelles Show: The Lost Episodes

Hearing that Chappelle was worried about who was laughing and why is upsetting. His comedy had always seemed "inclusive," making racism "safe" to explore in front of mixed audiences.

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27 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Blue Iguana (1988)

Holloway walks a fine line between action hero and total cheeseball. He charms women as easily as he guns down bad guys, and never sullies his clothes.

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27 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Knife: Silent Shout

As a place of medieval, dark mystery, Sweden now has now found a trusty, oddly appropriate soundtrack in Silent Shout, a psychopathic amalgam of all things Scandinavian, tossed into one big kettle boiled down liquid form, and then knocked back like a shot of ice cold Hallands Flader.

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Nobody & the Mystic Chords of Memory: Tree Colored See

Psyche-leaning electronica and trippy cowboy tunes go together like peanut butter and chocolate, but how about some stronger beats?

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27 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Moloko: Catalogue

Given that only one of Moloko's four studio albums was even released in the States, US listeners have plenty of tunes to on which to catch up, and the catching up is a fun task indeed.

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27 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

John Doe: For The Best Of Us

Doe splits the difference between punk and roots on this 1998 EP re-issue.

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Linda Ronstadt and Ann Savoy: Adieu False Heart

Ronstadt and Savoy team on bayou-based set of songs. Highly recommended with a box of tissues by your side.

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27 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Fred Anderson: Timeless

"We gotta keep this music goin'!"

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Various Artists: Palace Lounge Presents Cafe D’Afrique

Let's not forget slow jazz is for elevators, or trying-too-hard- to-be-romantic restaurants -- not for those who take their medication nasally, on some sunny Mediterranean island

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26 Jul 2006 // 10:00 PM

Peaches: Impeach My Bush

Peaches adds politics to the sex talk on Impeach My Bush.

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26 Jul 2006 // 4:00 PM

Sunset Rubdown

I swore I wouldn't do it. I wouldn't make lazy, obvious comparisons. But, I can't help thinking of... Avril Lavigne?!?

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26 Jul 2006 // 4:00 PM

The Pretenders

The phrases 'punk' and 'oldies' mix about as well as chocolate cake and mayonnaise. Maybe that's why Chrissie Hynde won't stand still.

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The Big Valley: Season One

Tensions caused by the growth of urbanization and industrialization and the dying out of the frontier, the excesses of the robber barons and the risk they pose to democracy, and the angst of Civil War veterans trying to find their place in the world, again, set the stage for this virtuous, wealthy, 19th century family.

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Aleuchatistas: What You Will

Instrumental post-jazz-whatever rockers offer riffs and revolution.

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Cheers: The Complete Eighth Season

The classic Woody one-liner doesn't further a plot, but it does reaffirm his earnest oddness.

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26 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Even as Sheryl and Grandpa try to soothe little Olive, her father's "refuse to lose" credo creates a mountain of expectation.

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26 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Garden (2005)

Forget Sisyphus endlessly pushing that rock up the hill. Imagine having to listen to a gravel-voice Devil read from his own copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul until the end of time.

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26 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Cthulhu Tales #1

Cthulhu: H.P. Lovecraft's ideas -- and his fears -- captured.

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26 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Pharrell: In My Mind

Pharrell has in the past few years endeavored to pitch himself as an average schmoe, a N*E*R*D, a guy just like you n' golly gosh me -- he goes far enough to include in the tray art a pint-size pixilated version of himself reporting: "Wealth is of the heart and mind, not of the pocket."

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