Reviews

15 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Willie Nelson: Countryman

Nelson can't be faulted for the effort, and there are some good songs, but the 'regguntry' mix sadly is a hit and miss affair.

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	Ahmad Jamal: The Legendary Okeh and Epic Recordings

These are the early sides that turned Miles Davis into a lifelong fan of this swinging, elegant pianist.

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	Idlewild: Warnings/Promises

The normally exuberant Scottish band have toned things down, with mixed results.

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	Ezekiel Honig & Morgan Packard: Early Morning Migration

Quintessential iPod music -- a soothing album that's not afraid to be quiet.

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It's been nine hours since we left Sydney and the only thing keeping me awake is the hot cigarette butt burning between my fingers...

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15 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Killer 7

For better or worse, Killer 7 is a bold game that sadly seems to suffer from the same disorder as its lead character.

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The Chorus (Les Choristes) (2004)

Christophe Barratier's Les Choristes demonstrates that French directors can challenge America's best in the saccharine stakes.

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15 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Bottom of the Sea (El Fondo del Mar) (2003)

The Bottom of the Sea is a thriller, but not for the usual reasons.

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	Various Artists: Putumayo Presents: American Folk

This pleasant ramble through the contemporary singer-songwriter world isn't essential, but it's pretty folking good.

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	Waco Brothers: Freedom and Weep

Freedom and Weep is, in the best sense of the phrase, more of the same from the alt-country's elder statesmen.

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	Steel Train: Twilight Tales From the Prairies of the Sun

Sophomore album from roots-meets-jam band has some fine songs but rarely maintains this momentum.

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	Son Volt: A Retrospective: 1995-2000

A look back at why Son Volt was so essential at one time, and a bit of insight into why Jay Farrar has not been since their parting.

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14 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Eddie Palmieri: Listen Here

Listen Here is adventurous without being pretentious, reckless but still controlled, both fun and challenging.

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	Holopaw: Quit +/Or Fight

A quick fix of shimmery weirdness for Florida's second-most famous kinda-folk band recorded for a label on the opposite end of the lower 48, and a sophomore release that trumps the debut.

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	The Hotel Alexis: The Shining Example Is Lying on the Floor

Hoteliers make a nice bed, but I'm not sure I can stay in it all night.

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14 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Armando: Trax Classix

Long-unrecognized Chicago acid house pioneer finally gets his due.

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While there were long-hairs and Flying V-shaped guitars aplenty, this was hardly a one-trick pony afternoon.

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12 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Father of the Pride: The Complete Series

Beyond the Roy factor, the likely reason for Father of the Pride's failure is that it's just a really odd show.

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12 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Area 51

Some hardcore gamers may feel a little disappointed as Area 51 does not provide enough 'all-hell-is-breaking-loose' firefights as set pieces.

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12 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Oh Pure and Radiant Heart by Lydia Millet

It's fascinating to consider what the human forces behind the bomb would think of their work now, 60 years after the Trinity Test and the bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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