Reviews

3 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

HorrorPops

are like Blondie in the Cramps' lipstick. In other words, they're hell's perfect party band.

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Mohr by Frederick Reuss

The strength of Reuss's writing is more in his observations, the way he builds emotions out of little details like the objects in the clutter of a room or the way a certain person moves.

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Various Artists: Cavalcade of the Scars

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

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3 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Black Angels: Passover

As clumsily poetic and irresistible as a city storm, these BJM devotees mount an engaging psych-rock rebellion.

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The Green Arrows: 4-Track Recording Session

If you told me that this is a perfect representation of the band as they were during the 1970s, I'd believe you without a qualm.

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3 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Dub Tractor: Hideout

Minimal, pretty indie-tronic melancholy. Especially recommended if you're nostalgic for vinyl hiss.

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Jon Auer: Songs from the Year of Our Demise

Posies co-frontman finally drops his much-delayed solo debut, the best thing he's done in a decade or so, with the hoped-for lovely melodies and incisive lyrics. The frosting's back on the beater.

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The Charlatans UK: Simpatico

On the evidence of Simpatico, Tim Burgess has been spending all his time on Negril Beach, smoking fattie after fattie and getting self-indulgently down with his inner trust-fund rasta self.

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3 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Steve Khan: The Green Field

A unique, strong, and serious jazz guitar album from a modern master.

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Victory at Sea: All Your Things Are Gone

Twelve years into their career, the dynamic trio from Boston deliver their finest album yet.

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2 May 2006 // 3:00 AM

Sir! No Sir! (2006)

War, the documentary establishes right off, is mythic and ruinous.

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2 May 2006 // 2:03 AM

Last Holiday

'So much of the movie,' says director Wayne Wang of his Last Holiday, 'is about giving up your fears and trying to live your life.'

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2 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

A quiet, unpretentious book.

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2 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

Junji Ito creates an innovative and bizarre horror series that has thus far proved to be his most creatively successful series to date.

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2 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

South

You'd think having a song or two on TV would go miles to getting your name and sound into the great unwashed, but it hasn't. Why the hell not?

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Body Brokers: Inside America’s Underground Trade in Human Remains by Annie Cheney

Morbid curiosity drives our interest, and there is plenty of disturbing subtext involving doctors who substitute PVC pipe for bones and freezers overflowing with headless, limbless torsos.

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2 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Slackers: Peculiar

The Slackers establish a new benchmark for modern ska. And it's not just for the skankers.

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Deadstring Brothers: Starving Winter Report

It took Stones to make this record.

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2 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Rahim: Ideal Lives

Rahim is something of a rarity -- a good band now that promises to get even better later.

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2 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Guitar: Tokyo

How did such a lovely-sounding experiment turn into rudimentary trip-hop with fancy guitars?

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