Reviews

1 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Beirut: Gulag Orkestar

A multi-instrumentalist with indie royalty connection and early underground buzz equals instant canonicity, but it might be worthwhile to consider the music itself.

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1 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Cracker: Greenland

When you think about it, Greenland is a lot like life, really. It's huge, but 85% of it is covered with ice and completely uninhabitable. It's confusing. And it belongs to Denmark.

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1 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Shearwater: Palo Santo

Bravely challenging, this is a haunting, exceptional record.

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Magneto: Resistance Is Futile

I love this label, so why doesn't this latest release soar with flying colors? It's good, but I wanted great, damnit!

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1 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Rihanna: A Girl Like Me

The Bajan Princess of the dancehall can "break it up" like nobody's business. And when you can drop it like it's on fire, there's no need to cool it off.

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Feu Thérèse: Feu Thérèse

Hypnotic soundscapes, jump-cut with rock beats, from veterans of Fly Pan Am and the Shalabi Effect

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Joey Ramone Birthday Bash feat. Alarm, The Star Spangles, The Strokes, and Wayne Kramer

Joey Ramone deserves a celebration once a year, every year, until the end of time. And one without Matt Pinfield and circus freaks just wouldn't suffice.

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31 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

Pirate Baby’s Cabana Battle Street Fight 2006

The unnamed protagonists seem to be the progeny of an unholy union between zombie slayers Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and comic book hero Scott Pilgrim.

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31 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

American Purgatorio by John Haskell

This set up is near-identical to George Sluizer's 1991 film, The Vanishing whose first scenes depict a woman disappearing while at a roadside service center.

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31 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Gigi: Gold & Wax

Gigi is a very talented singer with a rich and restless musical background, but Gold & Wax suffers a little too often from stale and heavy-handed arrangements that squelch the prodigious talents of both her and her sidemen.

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31 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Peeping Tom: Peeping Tom

Stop the presses! Mike Patton still knows how to sing like a (sort of) normal human being!

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Nino Moschella: Man of Many Hats

If you receive a demo that includes the banging of a broomstick, how good could the album really be? As it turns out, it can be extremely good. In fact, it could one of the year's best.

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Cherubs: Uncovered by Heartbeat

It's always the same, it's just a shame, that's all.

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31 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Saves the Day: Sound the Alarm

Saves the Day have given their fans nothing exciting, innovative, or new.

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Kind of Like Spitting: The Thrill of the Hunt

The hunt may be short, but damn is it worthwhile.

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The Fever: In The City of Sleep

A shockingly entertaining and ambitious resurgence from what used to be just another NYC postpunk regurgitation.

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Dafnis Prieto: Absolute Quintet

Dafnis Prieto's Quintet is absolute because he composed it and the music together. Creative band!

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Bruce Springsteen and the Seeger Sessions Band

To be sure, a tour like this involves a certain degree of trust, particularly when you're dropping 90 bones to hear the Boss sing 'Froggie Went A'Courtin.'

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The good guys are good, the bad guys are despicably evil, and the girls are buxom and gorgeous.

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This Book Will Save Your Life by A.M. Homes

In any city except Los Angeles such characters grouped together might seem ridiculous, yet one of the ways in which this city undermines fiction is that it defies all attempts to invent the improbable.

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