Reviews

20 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Engineers: Engineers

The dreamy Engineers emerge from a dry spell of undecorated balladeering in British rock to stir up some swirly clouds and make the UK skies turbulent again.

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	Dropkick Murphys: The Warrior’s Code

From straight-up punk rock to surprisingly delicate folk ballads, Dropkick Murphys show no signs of slowing down after 10 years on the punk rock circuit.

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20 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

'Ya know, Fischer isn't touring with the band; seems they're focusing on the music now.' Uh, oh...

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20 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

I Want to Be a Hilton

It's nearly impossible to describe the many offenses efficiently compacted within the excruciating hour that is I Want to Be a Hilton.

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20 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

Play with Me

You watch and you cringe, not because the images are horrific per se, but because you know deep down that the truth behind it remains so very real.

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Average Joe: The Joes Strike Back

Now, there are no average Joes. Only Joes who haven't had facelifts yet.

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All Yesterday’s Parties: The Velvet Underground in Print: 1966-71 by Clinton Heylin

LA Free Press's Robert Gold gets the prize for best scatological-gastrointestinal conceit in a review, 'Her {Maureen Tucker's} heavy, continuous 4/4 outpouring on the drums slams into your bowels and crawls out your asshole.'"

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20 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

Coach Carter (2004)

While the outcome is obvious (generic rules apply), Jackson is sharp and relatively restrained.

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	The White Stripes: Get Behind Me Satan

What may be surprising is how easily it leaves the electric guitar in its case, in favor of piano, marimbas, and a production aesthetic that recalls the dull haze of the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street.

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19 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Subtle: A New White

Anticon draws its rock influences to the surface of its hip-hop stream, as Doseone and bandmates create the first post-rock rap record, a landmark debut that went unnoticed last year.

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19 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Printer: Rhizomatic Baby

Danish synthsters have the whole 'it's so sad it makes you happy' thing down pretty well on this debut full-length.

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	Ojos de Brujo: Remezclas de la Casa: Remixes from “Barí”

t's really only of interest if you love love love Barí and you are a DJ or obsessive completist.

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	The Dave Brubeck Quartet: London Flat, London Sharp

As technically proficient as ever, Brubeck's latest is too cool and too clean to be anything more than pleasant.

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	Baby Teeth: The Baby Teeth Album

Teetering between campy fun and just plain bad, Baby Teeth offer a confusing and ultimately frustrating platter of head-scratching rump-shakers.

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19 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Alkaline Trio: Crimson

Crimson may just be the album which skyrockets Alkaline Trio onto the airwaves of MTV and the cover of Spin.

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17 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

Ex-Red House Painters front-man, literally, plays to the mall crowd. Reverent silence abounds...

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17 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

FreeCiv

Despite the in-game peace, my war with the interface continued.

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Snow White and Russian Red by Dorota Maslowska

A Polish novel that drolly depicts the country as a place where Snow White is a whore as love has been replaced by meaningless sex and strong drugs.

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17 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Perfect Man (2005)

Think about this: the film's premise is that Heather Locklear can't get a decent date.

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17 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)

e and You and Everyone We Know teaches us that life's tender intricacies and ironies can bring us closer to one another.

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