Reviews

31 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Loquat: It’s Yours to Keep

A silky smooth collection of lite jazz beats that practically disappears with repeated listening.

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	John Hammond: In Your Arms Again

An extremely great blues guitar player, a competent and charming vocalist, untouchable on harmonica, and a musical library all by himself.

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31 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Black Label Society: Mafia

There's a thin line between seriousness and self-parody in heavy metal. Zakk Wylde knows exactly where that line is.

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31 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Forget meaning, forgo relevance, and alliterate the hell out of socio-politics. A touch of theatrical flamboyance never goes amiss.

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31 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

American Idol

How did a longhaired 29-year-old rocker in vinyl pants make it to the Idol finale stage? Was somebody reading my dream journal?

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Mediated: How the Media Shapes Your World and the Way You Live in It by Thomas de Zengotita

Postmodernism is an amoeba-like 'blob' that amalgamates cultural and demographic differences together into a pureed mush, and that we are now all method actors busy with the task of performing the identities we have determined to be our own.

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Jules and Jim: Criterion Collection (1962)

'Truffaut had the dread of everything conventional. Above all, he detested the conventionality of the nonconventional,' Jean Gruault notes.

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	The Wallflowers: Rebel, Sweetheart

Jakob Dylan is no longer on your TV 24/7, and his band has all but fallen off the radio dial. What's a lead singer to do? In Dylan's case, shrugging his soldiers and writing damn good rock songs is the answer.

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	Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne: Let It Loose

A rare thing to find a blues pianist with real roots. By no means all blues, with some R&B and soul flung in, this warming stuff includes examples worthy of the 1940s: Willie Littlefield, Amos Milburn, some Pete Johnson. Should be encouraged.

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	The Stranglers: Live 1978 in San Francisco [DVD]

There must be some better vintage live footage of the Stranglers out there somewhere.

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30 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Proe: Perfect

Who the eff is Proe? Just another MC, doin' it on his own. Not bad for his second time out.

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30 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Moby: Hotel

Moby needs a hug really, really badly.

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	The Loved Ones: The Loved Ones EP

Philadelphia trio has some power-pop fun before Angst rears its ugly head.

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	Tord Gustavsen Trio: The Ground

This is a delicately balanced piano trio that blends slow tempos, gospel feel and delicious restraint into something lovely. You almost feel guilty for liking something so beautiful, but this music gets under your skin and into your head.

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30 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Common: Be

Electric Circus pushed the boundaries of hip-hop -- a psychedelic trip to hip-hop's great beyond -- Be just finds a world-wide Common back home standing on the corner. But you can't go home again and no matter how much he wishes, the Common of Can I Borrow a Dollar? is not the same Common of Be -- and thank God for that.

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28 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Saving Face (2005)

The center of Alice Wu's debut film, Saving Face, Wil is both driven and dutiful.

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28 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Madagascar (2005)

What could be better -- you have four legs, all kinds of energy, and all the room in the world?"

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28 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Longest Yard (2005)

Sandler is resolutely unriled, whether abused by guards, the warden, or his own teammates, which makes him a decidedly peculiar action comedy hero.

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28 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Layer Cake (2004)

The hero of Layer Cake has no name. This matters less than you might think.

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28 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Eros (2004)

Wong Kar-Wai's section follows Miss Hua (Gong Li in some of the most gorgeous dresses ever photographed), a sultry but also wistful Hong Kong call girl.

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