Reviews

13 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Strokes

For those steeped in the scene of present-day New York, it's easy to forget that, at the turn-of-the-century, not only did the local scene not compare, but that there wasn't really a scene at all.

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The New Adventures of Old Christine

What Susan Faludi has called the 'backlash' against women is still in full effect, if not even Julia Louis-Dreyfus can get a character on air who even tries to break free.

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13 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Apprentice

The show delivers emotional carnage, and as voyeuristic fare goes, that's the top.

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The Dead Emcee Scrolls: The Lost Teachings of Hip-Hop by Saul Williams

Certain things never change: s'mores are still delicious, rainbows are still happy, calculus is still confusing, and Saul Williams is still angry at mainstream hip-hop culture.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979)

'We had to explain to Roger Corman that the Ramones were not an Italian disco band from New York City, and that it had to be called Rock 'n' Roll High School,' Allan Arkush explains.

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13 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Advantage: Elf-Titled

Occasionally we need music that makes no grand statements and demands only to be played loud at a party.

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13 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Metal Hearts: Socialize

If you think your high school diary set to music might sound good, this album is for you.

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Cypress Hill: Greatest Hits From The Bong

You can't call it Greatest Hits From The Bong and forget all the songs that introduced me and my generation to joys of smoking pot.

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13 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Milosh: Meme

Toronto electronic artist turns break-up into shimmering glitch pop.

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The Primeridian: Da Allnighta

This is hip-hop music to comfort as you drift off to sleep, swirling purple-blue smoke and gentle grooves. Oh, it's dope, too.

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Various Artists: Futurism Aint Shit to Me 2

Germany’s KYO Records puts out an independent hip-hop compilation that’s everything you’d expect -- and it’s fun, too!

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The Playwrights: English Self-Storage

Tired of treading water in the same shallow pools of post-punk past? Have we got a band for you....

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Urban Latino

A good mixture of anger, pop, and energy, with one surprise.

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	Mint Condition: Live from the 9:30 Club [DVD]

On DVD, Soul band Mint Condition escapes chains of radio hits and jams like a damn band can.

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10 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

Sigur Ros + Amina

Always the asshole, never the acolyte...

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Pansy Division: The Essential Pansy Division

Pansy Division were the first openly homosexual rock band I can remember, since Tom Robinson first told the world he was glad to be gay.

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10 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Devics: Push the Heart

With four albums already behind them, Sara Lov and Dustin O'Halloran use Push The Heart to gather themselves together and plan for the future.

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Band deflates rock mythology even as it reaffirms rock’s transcendent power in reissued classics.

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Various Artists: Om Lounge, Volume 10

Downtempo house doesn't necessarily have to be the new 'easy listening', but you sense Om's conscious struggle against a slowly sinking ship on the tenth volume of this series.

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Simon Joyner: Beautiful Losers

Stunning collection of scattered tracks by one of America's finest and most overlooked lo-fi troubadours.

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