Reviews

5 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Junebug (2005)

The film portrays such reframings and delimitations, of borders that can't be crossed, in images at once delicate and acute.

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The Dukes of Hazzard (2005)

A series of rowdy antics instead of a sustained storyline, The Dukes of Hazzard is all about the car.

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5 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Broken Flowers (2005)

A sort of minimalist male melodrama, Broken Flowers tracks a journey through regret and hope.

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	Pearls Before Swine: The Complete ESP-Disk Recordings

This new compilation pairs up the legendary psych-folk band Pearls Before Swine's fascinating debut, and its somber and inferior sequel.

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	Leela James: A Change Is Gonna Come

Leela James' small frame packs a punch as big as her hair, and her potential is palpable. Despite aiming at the old stars, though, she remains frustratingly stuck in today's well-worn orbits.

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	Goldspot: Tally of the Yes Men

What do you get when Pop East meets Pop West? Unsurprisingly, a highly-melodic affair of the heart.

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	Forty5south: We’re Country So We Can

I don't say this very often, but: Turn around and run the other way.

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4 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Federation X: Rally Day

Exactly who is Dirty Bill and why doesn't he seem to give a damn?"

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	Aretha Franklin: Jazz Moods: Round Midnight

Classic jazz, classic Aretha. Need anything more be said?"

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	Duke Ellington: The Essential

While even a dilettante such as myself could easily catalog a number of omissions, it wouldn't really serve any purpose -- this set covers the necessary bases in as fleet-footed a fashion as possible.

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4 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Cassidy: I’m a Hustla

He is a very good thug rapper who wants to do something more ambitious, but can't figure out exactly how to do this. At least not yet.

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	Absentee: Donkey Stock EP

Absentee's lead singer often sounds emotionally absent from the excellent folky backing music, giving the idea that he should be absent altogether.

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4 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Like an unexpected surprise or a beautiful day off, Owly is the perfect way to bring a smile to any reader's face.

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4 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Day Two was held on what will surely have been the hottest day of the year. And the prospect of mass-dehydration brought Lollapalooza to do the unthinkable...

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4 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Master Blasters

Exploding rockets is good, clean, American fun, but it's a fundamentally goofy thing to do with your spare time.

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Center Square: The Paul Lynde Story by Steve Wilson and Joe Florenski

According to Center Square, two things stood in Lynde's way: alcoholism and homosexuality. Of course, neither of those are necessarily a barrier to success in Hollywood.

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4 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Downfall (2004)

Eva and Hitler kill themselves off-screen, the precise steps they took unseen because, the director says, 'the worst thing that could happen to this most horrible person of history is that he become a myth'.

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3 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	ZZZZ: Palm Reader

It's obvious from the get-go that ZZZZ is kind of nuts, in the best of ways. Unfortunately, it takes a bit more than that to produce a great listen.

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3 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Tiki Tiki Bamboooos: Where Is Your Secret Spot?

Just as the tiki of the '50s was based on faux-tropicalia, this Japanese export create a fake island fantasy in their music.

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	Some Water and Sun: All My Friends Have to Go

The album could be described as a number of things, including downtempo microhouse, futuristic J-pop R&B, or glitchy primary color trip-hop, but none of these imaginative labels could come close to fully explaining it.

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