Reviews

30 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

Mattel Classic Football 2

Ah, nostalgia. It's what makes the world go 'round.

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30 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

Being Bobby Brown

Brown protests, 'I just wanna be normal, okay?' And that's why he's doing a reality show, to be normal.

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The Prophecy: Uprising (2005)

This may well be the first film where the Prince of Darkness is merciful, tolerant, and even politically centered.

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Fountains of Wayne: Out of State Plates

Two CDs worth of Fountains of Wayne that, although you may not need to hear, you probably should. Why wouldn't you want to listen to this band's version of Max Martin's smash hit, '...Baby, One More Time?'"

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	Various Artists: Florian Keller Presents Creative Musicians Vol. 2: More Highly Underrated Masterpi

Finally available in the US, this irresistible collection of rare grooves shows that there's more to funk than George Clinton, yet still makes the Mothership Connection.

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29 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Mary Timony: Ex Hex

The third solo release from Timony finds the former Helium front lady casting aside her Castlevania jones, coming down from her cloud to explore more terrestrial themes with a healthy dose of stripped down, bare-knuckled rock. This is Mary Timony unhinged and unfiltered, a true return to form.

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29 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Smashing Orange: 1991

Unsurprisingly, the work by this forgotten shoegaze band is, well, extremely forgettable.

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	Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra: A Love Supreme

From media-hyped name but highly talented W. Marsalis, a very Ellingtonian orchestral work founded on a Coltrane work famous like Coltrane for being famous: but a very considerable consolidating achievement.

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	Full White Drag: Everything Will Fall on One Night

A strong EP of blistering indie rock from a band that's figuring out how to do it right.

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29 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	e:gum: Keyboard Lies

e:gum's beats are harsh but their hooks are sharp -- an interesting juxtaposition that makes for distinctive, if occasionally underwhelming results.

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29 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

vs. Wilco' was the headline last week. It was as though the bands, both rising from the ashes of Uncle Tupelo, were going to stage a ritualistic gang fight.

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The eBay Effect: Inside a Worldwide Obsession

As host David Faber says, 'If you're not listening to the Community, they can become downright un-neighborly.'

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29 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

Acts of Faith by Philip Caputo

Doug and Quinette's Manichean worldview proves particularly disastrous when combined with a singularly American strain of optimism, a kind of militant Pollyanna spirit often expressed by neoconservatives and some liberal humanitarians.

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Crazed Fruit: Criterion Collection (1956)

Natsuhisa poses as something of a mentor to Haruji, but also reveals a low-grade competitiveness that will soon spiral into full-blown resentment and malice.

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	Soul Coughing: New York, NY 16.08.99

This a wonderful addition to the collection of any Soul Coughing fan, a canny and timely reminder of just how good these guys were.

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	Foo Fighters: In Your Honor

Without a rip or a roar, the first disc passes harmlessly -- it's the quieter second disc that truly demands attention.

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	The Dirty Dozen Brass Band: Jazz Moods: Hot

Effervescent New Orleans band's rambunctious installment in Legacy Recordings' frivolous, demeaning series.

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	Clutch: Robot Hive / Exodus

Weirdly enough, Clutch's sixth album sounds more Bonnaroo than Ozzfest. Even weirder, that's a good thing.

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	Tracy Bonham: Blink the Brightest

The once rockin' Grammy nominee and MTV figure shows her real stuff on this mature stunner.

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28 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Blur: Starshaped [DVD]

Nostalgia for the '90s rears its ugly neon head? Say it ain't so Damon.

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