Reviews

26 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Lives of Rain by Nathalie Handal

This is a fiercely global poetry, one that requires (and provides) a wide if not particularly thorough knowledge of this planet's cultures.

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	Various Artists: Buzzin’ Fly Volume 2

Studious house from Ben Watt's ultra-hip label. Is this what party music sounds like in the terrorist age?"

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25 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Wolf Parade: Wolf Parade

A Brilliant Sample Of Their Fall Debut. Will Summer End Already!?"

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	Richard Thompson: Live From Austin, TX

While 'Live' is not the jaw-dropping Richard Thompson live album that must exist somewhere on tape, it has plenty to remind people why Thompson remains one of music's most talented -- and criminally underappreciated -- artists.

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	Orange Park: Songs from the Unknown

New York band chooses the summer sounds of California rather than the garage rock of Hell's Kitchen to get its point across.

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	Marian McPartland & Elvis Costello: Piano Jazz: McPartland/Costello

Legendary singer-songwriter's appearance on long-running NPR program finds him performing some of his favorite ballads.

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	Keith LeBlanc: Stop the Confusion (Global Interference)

A solid career retrospective from one of the more important no-names in modern popular music.

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	The Free Design: The Now Sound Redesigned

This remix album uses remixers such as Madlib, Sterolab, and Danger Mouse in order to seduce listeners into the sonically rich world of '60s sunshine pop greats, the Free Design.

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	Einsturzende Neubauten: 1/2 Mensch [DVD]

Of course, there is always something perpetually upsetting about seeing an animated fetus moving through an inky-black universe of German screams and scraping metal.

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25 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Adam Beyer: Fabric 22

This is a mostly old-school, pounding techno mix that draws a direct lineage to the electrified thump of Detroit producers such as Juan Atkins and Derrick May.

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The day's highlight comes from a carny paid to run around while people shoot him with paintballs. Why? Because Coney Island is an unfathomably skeevy place.

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Kirby Canvas Curse

What Curse does is something that's rarely accomplished in gaming; it connects you emotionally with the action.

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25 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Big Brother 6

Watching this show, we lose sight of the harmful implications of real life surveillance, where others can eavesdrop on our private conversations or scrutinize our personal information, without our knowledge and without probable cause.

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A Movie… and a Book by Daniel Wagner

Essentially, A Movie... and a Book is a novel about writing a novel, which in terms of irritating and clichéd artistic gestures, is second only to movies about starving actors written and directed by actors, Garden State not withstanding.

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25 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Jacket (2005)

Jack's experience fragments so radically and time turns so out of joint that you might think he's insane, as do his white-coated doctors.

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25 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Hukkle (2002)

Selling poison to the denizens of a small Slavic village, she's a one-woman Murder, Incorporated.

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	Kevin Tihista: Home Demons Volume 1

Home and studio outtakes culled from a massive backlog of work by one of Chicago's finest. There are duds to be sure, but even they sound purposeful.

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	Smog: A River Ain’t Too Much to Love

The bedrock of virtually every Smog songs remains Callahan's deliberate guitar playing, often clipped arpeggio triplets sounding chords with no embellishment, and his nonpareil voice, the perfect instrument for relating his elusive first-person parables.

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	Carolyn Mark: Just Married: An Album of Duets

Vancouver, British Columbia singer duets with 14 of her friends on what is sort of an indie answer to Sinatra's 1993 Duets album. But without all the massive ego clashes. (No Kenny G either.).

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	Ahmad Jamal: After Fajr

An extremely lively veteran, piano virtuoso boss of a three-man symphony orchestra, only the years have given Jamal some headway as an American institution much less regarded in Europe.

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