Reviews

7 Aug 2006 // 3:00 AM

Spinform: Bryter Tystnaden

Taking the Knife’s commercial ‘haunted’ house and extrapolating it to the realm of experimental electronica, Uppsala, Sweden’s Spinform (a guy called Erik Moller,

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Spanish Colored Orange: Hopelessly Incapable of Standing in the Way EP

Unfortunately, Hopelessly… falls into the category of records that don’t come close to being as good as their titles. The ideas are all good

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7 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The BellRays

in Joe's Pub is like stuffing a stick of dynamite into a shoebox...

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6 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Sisters (2005)

Hope, delayed. A painful, poignant adaptation of everyday life.

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6 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Trio Beyond: Saudades

Three jazz super-heavyweights breathe new life into the work of visionary drummer and composer Tony Williams. This one burns!

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6 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Slayer: Christ Illusion

Slayer's best album in 16 years is also their most thought-provoking work to date.

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Bury Your Dead: Beauty and the Breakdown

For a sound as rapidly decaying as nu metal is, it’s such a big surprise to hear Boston’s Bury Your Dead performing it

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6 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

1973 Nervous Breakdown by Andreas Killen

As Killen states, the '70s were a "decade of oedipal crises" that "have reemerged with new intensity in our own time."

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6 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Trantasia (2006)

For good or bad, many of the performers believe they will "make it." Such belief is a symptom our incessant celebrity worship.

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6 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Sojourn: The Legend of Drizzt Book 3

Much of Sojourn is spent impressing upon the reader the goodness of Drizzt and the evilness of his adversaries.

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Roman Candle: The Wee Hours Revue

The Wee Hours Revue is a bright album, in the connotation of both intellect and luminescence. This is the debut of an experienced band that you should have heard years ago...

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6 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Dont Come Knocking (2006)

A vivid, genuine exploration of a hell-raiser entering his twilight years apologetically and with an open heart.

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6 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Love Arcade: Love Arcade

This kid is out to prove there's more than one Jack White-type in Detroit who can do it all.

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Don and the Goodtimes: So Good

The 1960s garage legends went soft on their major-label debut, but the bonus tracks on this reissue help redeem it.

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The Hallelujah Chicken Run Band: Take One

Other compilers might provide us with overviews of famous names, but only a fan is going to put this much love into showcasing bands that would otherwise have been nothing but footnotes to the English-speaking world.

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The Everyothers: Pink Sticky Lies

Like every other garage band, indeed...

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Crestview Trust: Crestview Trust

The debut record from Toronto's Crestview Trust is one of those really obscure releases that only locals know about. Here's why it's worth the hassle it will take to get your hands on a copy.

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5 Aug 2006 // 3:00 PM

Phoenix

The French Are Coming! The French Are Coming! -- Part. 1: A war of the radios and a 'damn you' for Doug.

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4 Aug 2006 // 6:00 AM

Jase Connection: Beathedz Vol.01

Unless you’re an established fan of Aussie hip-hop, the name Jase Connection may not ring a bell. He’s a member of Global Underground

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4 Aug 2006 // 5:30 AM

The Rewinds: The Rewinds

It’s a long way to Tipperary, it’s a long way to go… oops, I mean it’s a long way from Alabama to

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