Reviews

12 Dec 2006 // 11:00 PM

Black Gold (2006)

Alternating between shots of beautiful landscapes and starving children, the movie follows the work of Tadesse Meskela, even-tempered, charismatic representative of the Oromia Coffee Farmers Co-operative Union.

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The Disco Students: I Beg to Differ

When’s the last time you picked up a double-disc CD retrospective of a band that’s been around for a quarter of a century

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Michael Powers: Prodigal Son

A ready roughness, no lack of vigour or talent, a bit rushed. Genre: early Rolling Stones with Brian Jones.

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12 Dec 2006 // 9:01 PM

Mute Math: Mute Math

Mute Math could make a huge, epic record, but all they've done here is show us they're capable of that without completely delivering.

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Etta Jones: Dont Go to Strangers

Don't Go to Strangers is the power of the human voice, revealed yet again.

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12 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

JJ Baron is a consummate storyteller who weaves his tales around shimmering pedal steel and six-string acoustic.  The singer’s debut album, Brand New

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12 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Rakim

Jay-Z, now 37, claims “30 is the new 20.” Maybe. Or maybe he's just afraid that if he embraces his age, he'll be unfairly cast into the “old school” bin.

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12 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Ciara: Ciara: The Evolution

I want Ciara to succeed, because she seems to be a nice fun sexy pop star and we need more of those.

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12 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala

But if Agu finds humanity at its lowest point, he also finds solace in a different sort of faith, offered by true friendship.

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Dave Matthews Band: The Best Of Whats Around Vol. 1

The perfect primer for the new fan, it also deserves to worm it's way into the collections of Dave's diehard fans.

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Brightboy: Love For The Streets

Brightboy aren't just a Killers wannabe band, though they stray in that direction.

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12 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Pinback: Nautical Antiques

Enter indie stalwarts Pinback. Enter rarities collection Nautical Antiques. Enter one of the finest additions to their catalog.

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12 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Absolute Dark Knight

In a way, The Dark Knight Strikes Again is Miller turning his back on The Dark Knight Returns and trying to give readers a different take on superheroes.

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12 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Cut Copy: Fabriclive 29

Cut Copy seem like the kind of DJs who are happy merely to play good records.

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Pete Townshend: Empty Glass

The highlight of the recent set of Townshend reissues -- and of the last 25 years of the man's career, for that matter.

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Inside the Actors Studio - Dave Chappelle

This conversation between James Lipton and Dave Chappelle is an example of an honest dialogue from an artist who sees himself as a mass of contradictions requiring further analysis.

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Police Squad!: The Complete Series

In order to "get it", viewers had to pay attention. Most weren't willing to take on that responsibility.

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11 Dec 2006 // 11:18 PM

Unaccompanied Minors (2006)

Why is the Christmas message in "family movies" repeatedly reduced to splats, farts, bruises, and winky-wink sex jokes?

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11 Dec 2006 // 10:00 PM

Darker Than the Deepest Sea by Trevor Dann

What makes Drake's story a recurring fascination for fans -- and creates a minefield for the would-be biographer -- is how little it yields in solid facts, how much of romantic embroidering and speculation.

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11 Dec 2006 // 9:03 PM

WonderGround: Become Water

Languid lo-fi pop from some LA drifters.

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