Reviews

14 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

La Rocca: The Truth

Despite a variety of touchstones in both the UK and the US, this Irish band's debut full-length is a fully self-realized pop acheivement that begs for repeated listens.

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TV on the Radio: Return to Cookie Mountain

At the risk of courting tautology, it is evident now that TV on the Radio are and have always been TV on the Radio, with all the difficult, thorny, occasionally indulgent and frustrating impulses that such a statement implies.

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Dream Theater: Dream Theater - Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour Live with the Octavarium Orchestra

If you're a serious fan of high-octane rock, or are considering a Masters class in music theory, put this on your wish list.

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14 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Slumber Party: MUSIK

MUSIK slaps some happy juxtapositions on the flagpole, and I salute Slumber Party for them. It’s pick and mix time.

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14 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Sublime: Sublime

Where were you when you heard that Bradley Nowell died?

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14 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Weird Al Show - The Complete Series

The Weird Al Show is a schizophrenic beast -- too goofy and beset with moral lessons for the hip and ironic crowd, but also far too winking and full of deadpan humor for the children for whom it was designed.

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14 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Blowfly: Punk Rock Party

To say merely that Blowfly sings dirty songs is an understatement akin to saying that Cypress Hill merely smokes a little bit of weed, or that DMX has a few traffic violations.

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14 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

John Coltrane: Soultrane

A pivotal, pristine moment in the history of jazz, of music, of the world.

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14 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Salif Keita: M’Bemba

On its own terms, M'Bemba has some good moments, but if it didn't have The Voice sending out its goosepimple power then I'd be more dismissive of it.

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14 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Deryl Dodd: Full Circle

Deryl Dodd's follow-up to Stronger Proof has just the right mix of roadhouse honky-tonkin' and country blues to get you tappin' your foot while cryin' in your beer.

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14 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Andy Stott’s debut, Merciless, opens quietly, building a minimal-aquatic aesthetic—warm synths, hi-hat and simple snare, strings in the background. This is minimal dub,

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14 Sep 2006 // 3:00 PM

Roger Waters

Ladies & gentlemen! Presenting one of the two greatest Pink Floyd cover bands in the free world.

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14 Sep 2006 // 3:00 PM

The Gossip + Erase Errata

On the dawning of disappointment...

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14 Sep 2006 // 7:00 AM

Rasmus Møbius: Medicine Walk

Rasmus Møbius sets out on his own to create a pure album, unfettered by guest appearances, of his own brand of cut-up dub-hop.

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14 Sep 2006 // 7:00 AM

Meg & Dia: Something Real

More sisterly tween-pop from literary-minded Salt Lake City gals.

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14 Sep 2006 // 3:00 AM

Guitars and drums. No bass. No keyboards. No strings. No brass. Just six strings, two drumsticks and the volume knobs cranked to 10. The instrumental and

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Ah, California dreaming on such a summer’s day. Brothers and Sisters effectively wrangle up the laid-back sunshine vibe of 1970s California AM radio pop/

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14 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Path to 9/11

The motives and actions of the heroes transcend reproach; the bad guys are so inscrutably evil, they come across as the beady-eyed mole people in B-grade science fiction movies.

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CBS Evening News with Katie Couric

Couric asked, "What do you fear most?" Bush said he fears someone will slip into the country and kill Americans. If Couric expected another answer, I'd love to hear it.

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My Life as a Furry Red Monster by Kevin Clash with Gary Brozek

The book's overall cheery tone was somewhat marred for me by Clash's reluctance to say anything negative about television and children, a hot topic in educational and psychological circles.

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