Reviews

29 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Umbrellas: Illuminaire

Perfect for rainy, Sunday late afternoon solitary walks.

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The Ed Palermo Big Band: Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance

If Count Basie had been a Zappa fan, he might have made this album. He wasn't, so Ed Palermo's done it instead.

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29 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Stylemasters

Casual viewers may get that "sand kicked in the face" feeling from these too-cool-for-you surfers.

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29 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Steve Lawler: Viva

If you didn't like prog house back in 2002, you probably won't like it any better in 2006.

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The Slow Signal Fade: Steady

The Slow Signal Fade taps Steve Albini for an all-or-nothing stab at the coveted next level.

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29 Aug 2006 // 3:00 PM

In his US singing debut, The Sopranos' Christopher Moltisanti (aka Michael Imperioli) pays homage to Patti Smith and the Pixies. Seriously!

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Dubblestandart: Are You Experienced

Two CDs, loads of guests, cool remixes, enhanced video content, and plenty of dub. What could be better?

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29 Aug 2006 // 5:00 AM

Lovejoy: England Made Me EP

A faded fin de siècle sunniness sustained by a wall of spangled keyboard hum and series of ascending chords and notes that wash over you in waves.

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29 Aug 2006 // 3:00 AM

The Vasco Era: Miles EP

Australian blues-rock band treads worn ground, showing some promise but never really delivering anything of lasting interest.

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29 Aug 2006 // 1:00 AM

Sneaky Thieves: Accident(s)

Consisting of two sets of brothers from Seattle, Sneaky Thieves commence this album with a quasi-hymnal instrumental aptly titled “Elegy”. At times eerie, the group

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28 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Roots: Game Theory

What in the name of Memphis Bleek were the elegant, politically fiery, underappreciated Roots, who could establish a foundation to begin donating the street cred they’d amassed over the years, doing hanging the hat on the door of the blingiest big-shot in the game, the guy re-touring with R. Friggin’ Kelly by day and spooning with Beyonce by night?

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28 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Beerfest (2006)

The troupe lacks a specific comic point of view -- not that one is required of a movie called Beerfest.

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28 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Motörhead: Kiss of Death

Thirty one years later, Motörhead hasn't changed at all. Not that we ever want them to.

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Led Zeppelin: The Origin of the Species [DVD]

Zeppelin fans will know much of this material already. But I once wrote a book about this band (not a very good one, admittedly), and there are things here that I never knew.

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Burning Man: Beyond Black Rock (2005)

Although it is not a substitute for visiting the yearly festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, the latest Burning Man documentary is an interesting and thorough film.

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28 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Icelander by Dustin Long

It features a lost world, literary forgeries, inhuman fox-clad assassins, kidnapping, murder, and heroic ballad karaoke, all of which are irresistible.

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28 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Ziggy Kinder: Akrobatik

Ziggy Kinder produces minimal techno animated by a spirit of puckish enthusiasm that places the work at odds with the overriding perception of most modern electronic music.

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Danielle Peck: Danielle Peck

The next wave of that wooden-legged phenomenon known as Shania? Well, good luck with that.

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28 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Das Bierbeben: Alles Fallt

Allien on downers for a session of ego preaching.

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Ocote Soul Sounds & Adrian Quesada: El Nino Y El Sol

Ocote Soul Sounds and Adrian Quesada take their place as an Afro-Cuban Gotan Project -- or perhaps a Breakestra for beach relaxation -- with an album that is exceptional and essential.

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