Reviews

1 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Abominable (2006)

In many ways, Shifrin can be seen as the contemporary version of Don Glut, that monster movie obsessed kid from the '60s who hung around with Forrest Ackerman and made Super-8mm epics in his backyard featuring all of his Favorite Monsters of Filmland.

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Jesse McCartney: Right Where You Want Me

Jesse McCartney is a Lunchable: prepackaged to the point of absurdity.

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J.J. Cale - To Tulsa And Back: On Tour With JJ Cale

To Tulsa and Back merely reinforces the common perception that J.J. Cale is laid-back and uninterested with stardom. As a result, it's also a wasted opportunity.

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Andy Kim: How’d We Ever Get This Way/Rainbow Ride

With his unaffectedly yearning tenor and laconic delivery, Brill Building songsmith Andy Kim made bubblegum music suitable for adults.

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Scott H. Biram: Graveyard Shift

The Devil manifests himself in some cagey ways, musically speaking. Case in point: Scott H. Biram.

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Yellowjackets: Twenty Five

A survey of the group's first-quarter century: history, musical thinking, and an instrumental meditation on global warming apparently cannot date.

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31 Oct 2006 // 11:30 PM

Shugo Tokumaru: L.S.T.

Tokumaru is a musical Philosopher's Stone; he transmutes even chickens into gold.

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31 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Masters of Horror

This season's Master of Horror series opens with three episodes where the kids suffer for their parents' mistakes, whether in judgment or fate.

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31 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Steril: Realism

Apparently, the folks in Steril would prefer to forget their last couple albums ever existed.

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31 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Sketches of Frank Gehry by Sydney Pollack (2005)

Sydney Pollack's film captures Frank Gehry's story exquisitely, taking us from initial conception to finished form.

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Square: The Mike We Like Remixes

There are many of us who still enjoy listening to Michael Jackson. Unfortunately, this release doesn't accentuate what we like about his music.

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31 Oct 2006 // 9:00 PM

Diddy: Press Play

It’s definitely an enjoyable listen, although that’s due to hot beats and great collaborators as much (or even more) as it's due to Diddy himself.

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31 Oct 2006 // 9:00 PM

Mojave 3

You have a Slowdive tattoo? That’s ok, Ride will do.

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The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas

Where are all the female cult writers?

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Spanky Wilson and the Quantic Soul Orchestra: Im Thankful

By working with a soul singer from the '60s, Will Holland has proved that musicians can be in with the new without being out with the old.

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31 Oct 2006 // 9:00 PM

Creature Comforts (2006)

Creature Comforts is an odd, fictional series where animated animals are interviewed man-on-the-street style. And sometimes, these animals – much like kids -- say the darndest things.

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Bernard Fanning: Tea & Sympathy

A straightforward set of folky, country-ish acoustic rock with Fanning's signature melodies, the disc baffles if only because you can't work out how it got lodged so firmly in your head.

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31 Oct 2006 // 9:00 PM

Luomo: Paper Tigers

Vladislav Delay, a.k.a. Luomo, must be coming up on 30, but he continues to appear cutting-edge with his heavy, fractured dub. All the fuss

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31 Oct 2006 // 9:00 PM

Cosmic Wars #0

No hidden cultural metaphors or implied societal critiques: a comic that is on-face entertaining and fun to read.

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31 Oct 2006 // 9:00 PM

Tate Moore: Punk Poet

Just not hitting the target here.

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