Reviews

11 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Maria Muldaur: Heart of Mine

Don't let the sugar-sweet candy coating keep you from what's inside, because the music is pretty good and the singing is excellent.

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11 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Helmet: Monohrome

Aptly titled, Monochrome shows that Helmet lacks any musical color -- or interesting ideas, compelling music, or songs that even remotely stick in the mind.

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The Clique: Sugar on Sunday: The Definitive Collection

First-rate 1960s bubblegum pop from the band that originally performed "Superman", later popularized by R.E.M.

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11 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ghost of Mae Nak (2005)

This is a modern, but alas, substandard, interpretation of an enduring classic horror story.

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Fresh Mowed Lawn: Fresh Mowed Lawn

I wasn’t sure what to make of Fresh Mowed Lawn during the initial moments, but following a lush opening, the group hits its stride

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The Paper Chase: Now You Are One of Us

Strange, ominous, and engaging, the Paper Chase coufound and captivate.

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It's a bit tedious, but Michael Zapruder's latest album is also very, very pretty.

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10 Oct 2006 // 4:00 AM

A good performance is derailed somewhat by an inferior package.

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10 Oct 2006 // 3:06 AM

Friday Night Lights

Once the football game started in last week's premiere episode of Friday Night Lights, the clichés came fast and hard, but still, compelling.

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Organic and grimy, yet noisily industrial, music from an abandoned bunker in New Zealand makes you look at the world a little bit differently.

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10 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Art School Confidential (2006)

While director Terry Zwigoff seemed to have held the patent on this sort of offbeat tone in his past work, his kooky rudeness is his undoing, here

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10 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Jean: On

Jean is a talented vocalist, arranger, composer, and producer who just might remind you how much you like washing dishes and wishing for world peace.

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10 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Portastatic: Be Still Please

Another excellent addition to the Portastatic catalogue, this time expanding Mac McCaughan's orchestral pop leanings.

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10 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Early Day Miners: Offshore

Rock soundscapes, grand and long and hypnotic.

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10 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Windy City Heat (2006)

Perry boasts a killer DeNiro impression, insisting that "people magnetize towards my look." That look? Balding, overweight, fanny-packed with questionable hygiene.

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10 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Binge by Barrett Seaman

As "one male Ivy League junior" affirmed, "It's easier to go out and get fucked up and hook up than be sober and ask a girl on a date and get nothing for it".

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Kultur Shock: We Came to Take Your Jobs Away

Kultur Shock does rock music laced with punk attitude, Balkan folk riffs, and a really really good sense of humor.

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Maybe these performers do some fine stuff on their own albums, but this sampler isn't ideal.

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Heartless Bastards: All This Time

No sophomore slump here. In fact, the Heartless Bastards greatly improved upon their debut, Stairs and Elevators.

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Mindy Smith: Long Island Shores

Almost three years after her debut, it's finally Difficult Second Album time for Miss Mindy Smith

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