Reviews

12 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Brookville

Small clubs can be cozy, as long as the band (and the bar) remember that intimacy doesn't necessarily equal excitement. Just ask Ivy co-founder Andy Chase.

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11 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Oneida: Happy New Year

Tipping towards the folk precision of The Wedding but blistering with noise, Happy New Year is another landmark album from one of rock's most underrated bands. Maybe this time people will pay attention?

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Only Human (Seres Queridos) (2004)

A kooky romantic comedy directed by a married couple -- Dominic Harari and Teresa Pelegri -- Only Human is also an increase-the-peace allegory.

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The Brand New Heavies: Get Used to It

After a 12-year hiatus, acid jazz pioneers reunite with funk feast.

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Mia Doi Todd: The Ewe and the Eye

Todd's 1997 debut, re-issued here, is a bit underwhelming, but not without good or fair reasons.

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11 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Gotye: Like Drawing Blood

One of the best albums no one outside of Australia will ever know about.

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Tender Trap: 6 Billion People

Peter Pan and Billie Joe Armstrong can stay young forever. For everyone else, there's Tender Trap.

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11 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Impossible Shapes: Tum

An artifact from the recent past, pulled from the ground... or maybe the sky?

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Skeriks Syncopated Taint Septet: Husky

Ingenious arrangements, beautiful and witty playing, but the drummer's brief gets in the way: excessively prominent, rigid, metronomic, unfortunate.

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11 Jul 2006 // 6:05 PM

Bonnie’s Bookstore

Gaming is more than just the games. It's a part of the digital lifestyle that more and more of us are embracing each day.

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11 Jul 2006 // 2:00 AM

We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg

Berg is such a marvelous writer than she can keep you eagerly reading on for 150-plus pages even when the plot arc is a flat line.

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11 Jul 2006 // 2:00 AM

Slayer

While its premise and execution are overtly derivative, Slayer works through an illuminating politics concerning U.S. military actions and local populations.

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11 Jul 2006 // 2:00 AM

Winter Soldier (1972)

The men in Winter Soldier stepped forward, spoke truth to power, sought to expose policies and expectations that had gone terribly wrong.

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The 2nd Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival feat. the Procussions, Big Daddy Kane, Lupe Fiasco, and Sle

It seems like just yesterday that Biz Markie was charming us with 'Just a Friend' and Slick Rick was recasting the 'Mona Lisa'. Oh, how the times have changed...

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Jefferson Airplane: The Worst of Jefferson Airplane

Remastered collection of vintage Airplane feeds more than your head.

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Soul Asylum: The Silver Lining

Once-great Minnesota rockers settle for the middle of the road on plodding comeback attempt.

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The Derek Trucks Band: Songlines

A young phenom no more, D Trucks straddles genres with one authoritative guitar.

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10 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Sound Team: Movie Monster

A confusing but no less exciting debut from a band of indie-rock chameleons. If only it didn't blend in so well.

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The Buttless Chaps: Where Night Holds Light

Where Night Holds Light eschews novelty for soft pop/rock leanings. Occasionally, it works, too.

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Cut Chemist: The Audience’s Listening

"The DJ of the future is going to be a respected member of the community," drones what I imagine is Ward Cleaver with a buzz-cut and members of the topmost levels of the post-WWII military-industrial complex staring down at him through a forest of unforgiving floodlights.

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