Reviews

20 Oct 2006 // 1:00 AM

Marie Antoinette (2006)

A girl made queen by the peculiar forces of 18th-century statecraft, Marie is by turns amused, alarmed, and pissed off, mercurial and imperious as only a teenager can be.

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Rodrigo y Gabriela: Rodrigo y Gabriela

The album is a slap in the face for every rock star who has ever decided to arrange acoustic versions of their songs and forgotten that "acoustic" doesn't necessarily mean "slow and boring".

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Bright Eyes: Noise Floor (Rarities: 1998 – 2005)

Rewarding hodge-podge of treasure and trash continues the journey of Bright Eyes.

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20 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Siberia

Siberia is filled with these images, snapshots of the monumental and the trivial.

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The Drugstore Cowboys: Chapter 3006

Electroclash or industrial, either way, there's a little too much drugstore and not enough cowboy here.

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20 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Invitation to a Suicide (2004)

The putative consequences are very real, yet the various reactions of everyone involved in Invitation to a Suicide undermine the narrative's integrity.

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20 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Sails: The Sails

Being an excellent power pop band is great and all, but is it enough anymore?

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Reno 911!: The Complete Third Season

Season Three draws Reno's deputies outside their normal working environment, moving the show from the suffocating comfort of COPS parody.

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Chic: Definitive Groove

For fans and newcomers, and even those who might have dismissed Chic's work in the past, Definitive Groove is nothing short of revelatory.

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Various Artists: Rogues Gallery

Aarrrggh, ye mateys, this here's buried treasure: a Hal Wilner-produced collection of bawdy sea chanteys and pirate songs by big stars, such as Sting, Bono, Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams, Nick Cave, and Richard Thompson -- but the Popeye-voiced Baby Gramps steals the ship and leads us to uncharted waters of resistance.

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Fats Waller: If Youve Got To Ask, You Aint Got It

Three discs of old-time bliss -- one of the greats at his greatest.

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Swimming Pool: Good Old Music

On their second album, the German duo capture all the elements of classic dance music save one -- human beings.

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20 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Curtains: Calamity

Ex-Deerhoof guitar slinger steps out on his own with an album not dissimilar to that of his former colleagues.

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19 Oct 2006 // 8:00 AM

Lindstrom: Its a Feedelity Affair

It’s hard to believe this is Lindstrom’s debut; but then again, it’s really a collection of previously released vinyl singles. Nice to

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Miss Violetta Beauregarde: Odi Profanum Vulgus Et Arceo

I love you Miss Violetta Beauregarde! Even though you probably don’t love me because you are an Italian punk rocker electronic yelling girl who

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The Anderson Council: The Fall Parade

Superlative paisley pop with swirling guitars, buoyant bass lines and sunny vocal harmonies...the only thing different is that the girls wearing go-go boots are killers.

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19 Oct 2006 // 2:00 AM

Wordburglar: Burglaritis

If nothing else, the boy's got spunk.

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19 Oct 2006 // 1:20 AM

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Duel

The Duel uses the three Bs: the bitching, the backstabbing, and the breasts.

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19 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Snakeskin Shamisen by Naomi Hirahara

Hirahara's detailed characterization makes these old-timers so real, we can imagine her borrowing from a deaf great-uncle here or a forgetful grandfather there.

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19 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Shuteye #1-2

It is rare that someone can tell a story that truly creates in the reader a need to keep thinking once the story has ended.

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