Reviews

29 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Soundless (2004)

Despite a few flaws, this stylish German film delivers thrills, spills, and a heavy dose of fun.

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29 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Charlemagne by Derek Wilson

The notion of objective "history" as we understand it today was still another thousand years in the offing, so our understanding will forever be obscured by propaganda, myth, and obfuscation.

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29 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Lambchop: Damaged

Lambchop have long been one of America's greatest bands, and Damaged is their greatest achievement.

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29 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Umbrellas: Illuminaire

Perfect for rainy, Sunday late afternoon solitary walks.

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The Ed Palermo Big Band: Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance

If Count Basie had been a Zappa fan, he might have made this album. He wasn't, so Ed Palermo's done it instead.

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29 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Stylemasters

Casual viewers may get that "sand kicked in the face" feeling from these too-cool-for-you surfers.

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29 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Steve Lawler: Viva

If you didn't like prog house back in 2002, you probably won't like it any better in 2006.

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The Slow Signal Fade: Steady

The Slow Signal Fade taps Steve Albini for an all-or-nothing stab at the coveted next level.

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29 Aug 2006 // 3:00 PM

In his US singing debut, The Sopranos' Christopher Moltisanti (aka Michael Imperioli) pays homage to Patti Smith and the Pixies. Seriously!

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Dubblestandart: Are You Experienced

Two CDs, loads of guests, cool remixes, enhanced video content, and plenty of dub. What could be better?

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29 Aug 2006 // 5:00 AM

Lovejoy: England Made Me EP

A faded fin de siècle sunniness sustained by a wall of spangled keyboard hum and series of ascending chords and notes that wash over you in waves.

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29 Aug 2006 // 3:00 AM

The Vasco Era: Miles EP

Australian blues-rock band treads worn ground, showing some promise but never really delivering anything of lasting interest.

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29 Aug 2006 // 1:00 AM

Sneaky Thieves: Accident(s)

Consisting of two sets of brothers from Seattle, Sneaky Thieves commence this album with a quasi-hymnal instrumental aptly titled “Elegy”. At times eerie, the group

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28 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Roots: Game Theory

What in the name of Memphis Bleek were the elegant, politically fiery, underappreciated Roots, who could establish a foundation to begin donating the street cred they’d amassed over the years, doing hanging the hat on the door of the blingiest big-shot in the game, the guy re-touring with R. Friggin’ Kelly by day and spooning with Beyonce by night?

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28 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Beerfest (2006)

The troupe lacks a specific comic point of view -- not that one is required of a movie called Beerfest.

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28 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Motörhead: Kiss of Death

Thirty one years later, Motörhead hasn't changed at all. Not that we ever want them to.

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Led Zeppelin: The Origin of the Species [DVD]

Zeppelin fans will know much of this material already. But I once wrote a book about this band (not a very good one, admittedly), and there are things here that I never knew.

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Burning Man: Beyond Black Rock (2005)

Although it is not a substitute for visiting the yearly festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, the latest Burning Man documentary is an interesting and thorough film.

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28 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Icelander by Dustin Long

It features a lost world, literary forgeries, inhuman fox-clad assassins, kidnapping, murder, and heroic ballad karaoke, all of which are irresistible.

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28 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Ziggy Kinder: Akrobatik

Ziggy Kinder produces minimal techno animated by a spirit of puckish enthusiasm that places the work at odds with the overriding perception of most modern electronic music.

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