Reviews

10 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Epic Soundtracks: Good Things

Wistful bedroom recordings from a forgotten talent. This decade's Gene Clark?"

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	Alison Brown: Stolen Moments

This experiment in fusing bluegrass with jazz is the exception -- it really works. When even the dreaded heavy-hitter guest vocalists don't wreck things, you know you're onto something special. Alison Brown, banjo at the ready, is coming to get you.

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10 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

It's hard enough to be a has-been in your own country, let alone one where you were never very big. Thank God, Miles Hunt won't settle for that mantle.

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10 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Iron Chef America

Iron Chef America favors accessibility over spectacle, and it doesn't make as many reaches for viewers beyond the cooking show demographic.

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Degrassi: The Next Generation

Unlike many youth-centric shows, Degrassi avoids trivializing and morally simplifying the 'issues' for its younger audience.

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10 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

The I Inside (2003)

You know something's wrong with your film when the most interesting thing in it is a 20-second scene featuring Robert Sean Leonard.

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Hoop Dreams: Criterion Collection (2004)

The film is famous and respected for many reasons, not least because of the dramatic storylines it waves together so gracefully.

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	Ian Tyson: Songs from the Gravel Road

Canadian legend Tyson has mastered folk, country, and country-rock. Now, over 40 years after his career started, he throws jazz into the mix. The results are often stunning.

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	The Quantic Soul Orchestra: Pushin’ On

How do you make that Mr. Scruff joint sound like Johnny Frigo's 'Scorpio?' Call QSO. And you'll get so much more.

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	Joe Lovano: Joyous Encounter

Jazz sax master Joe Lovano does it again for Blue Note, like he did it the time before and the time before that...

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	John Brown’s Body: Pressure Points

They may be a-moulderin' in the grave, but the soul of John Brown's Body keeps marchin' on.

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	Roky Erickson: I Have Always Been Here Before: The Roky Erickson Anthology

Erickson's status as a cult legend is based in large part on his sci-fi rockers, but to dismiss this portion of his music as lunatic kitsch would be a grave error.

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	Et Sans: Par Noussss Touss les Trous de Vos Crânes

Two words to describe this particularly indescribable album: très bien.

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	Clare Quilty: Face the Strange

Clare Quilty makes trip-hop fun again, if you define a danceable indictment of human alienation as 'fun'.

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A View from the Eye of the Storm; Terror and Reason in the Middle East by Haim Harari

The book turns into one of the three basic types of literature dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, the pro-Israeli diatribe.

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9 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

My Depression: A Picture Book by Elizabeth Swados

This can be a tricky audience to write for; after all, they'll just stop reading the book if it's too, well, depressing.

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9 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Home Land by Sam Lipsyte

The loser, writing about a loser, wins. How life affirming is that?"

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Delaying the Real World: A Twentysomething’s Guide to Seeking Adventure by Colleen Kinder

I have to wonder how much experience Kinder has in doing any of the things she suggests in this book.

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Barney’s Crew by Sean Carswell

Carswell concerns himself more with substance than style, and shrugs off the desire to seek out fame and fortune.

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8 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	13 & God: self-titled

Hip-hop, meet glitch pop. Glitch pop, meet hip-hop.

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