Reviews

8 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Beeda Weeda: Turfology 101

Beeda Weeda assumes the role of teacher on his latest album, but his rapping skills can't compensate for his clichéd lessons.

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8 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Battle of The Brave (2004)

Enduring this battle requires tremendous . . . endurance.

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The Thermals: The Body, the Blood, the Machine

Portland indie trio return with a thrilling punk-pop concept album about religion.

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Hot Tuna: Keep On Truckin’: The Very Best of Hot Tuna

For devout Tuna fans, Jorma and Jack are beloved members of a collective extended family.

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The Carolina Chocolate Drops: Dona Got a Ramblin Mind

This young trio is dedicated to carrying on the traditions of the African-American fiddle and banjo music that hails, as they do, from the piedmont of North Carolina.

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Isis + Aereogramme: In The Fishtank 14

In their ongoing In the Fishtank series, the good people at Konkurrent have once again brought together two unlikely bands for a collaborative recording. In

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7 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Chamellows: Rat Hearts

It's the sound of decay, and of deliberate destruction; it's the musical equivalent of those artworks for which the artist draws a picture and then scribbles over it, or piles up an assemblage of rubbish and branches.

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Catch a Wave by Peter Ames Carlin

At this point in music mythology, any author foolish enough to take on the saga of Brian Wilson and those damned dysfunctional Beach Boys is asking for a world of literary hurt.

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The Defectors: Give In And Creep Out With The Defectors

If you own the Defectors’ 2004 release, Turn Me On!, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were experienceing deja vu while reading about Give In

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Patti LaBelle: The Definitive Collection

LaBelle's work is fabulous. This collection is not.

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7 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Bully

"You're dumb!" "What the heck are you wearing?" "I hate you!" "Stinky breath!" "That's it, you're dead!"

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7 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

LovecraCked! The Movie (2006)

Beyond the Wall of Shlock

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The Brother Kite: Waiting for the Time to be Right

The Brother Kite released their sophomore album more than a month ago, and while the album is easily one of the best you’ll hear this year, there’s a good chance you haven’t heard of it until now.

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The Be Good Tanyas: Hello Love

Hello Love is cozy and enveloping, like a big, hand-woven blanket on the first brisk winter day.

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7 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Ronnie Day: The Album

Ronnie Day’s second album is along the lines of fellow younger musicians like Teddy Geiger. But it doesn’t distract from the fact he

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George Strait: It Just Comes Natural

There are great joys to be had in George Strait's phrasing, diction and emotional interpretation. And then there's the music.

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Various Artists: Do You Copy?

This set commemorates five years of Mitek's existence, and based on the evidence herein I must conclude that they do a pretty good job of things.

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Lindsey Buckingham: Under the Skin

Under the Skin marks the first step along Buckingham's artistic regeneration since the most recent Fleetwood Mac reunion in 2003 and, while not completely accessible, the album is nevertheless intriguing.

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The Cat Empire: The Cat Empire EP

Welcome to the Cat Empire - a band not conducive to rave reviews on websites like these, but one that can spark intense adoration in potential fans. Are you one?

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A Salute to Hee Haw: Collectors Edition

This TV DVD set presents the unlikely combination of bad jokes and great country music. You know you’re a 'redneck' if you fall over laughing at this cornball humor. But if you thrill at the classic music it presents, well, there’s nothing to be ashamed of about that.

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