Reviews

26 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

John Doe: For The Best Of Us

Doe splits the difference between punk and roots on this 1998 EP re-issue.

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Linda Ronstadt and Ann Savoy: Adieu False Heart

Ronstadt and Savoy team on bayou-based set of songs. Highly recommended with a box of tissues by your side.

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26 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Fred Anderson: Timeless

"We gotta keep this music goin'!"

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Various Artists: Palace Lounge Presents Cafe D’Afrique

Let's not forget slow jazz is for elevators, or trying-too-hard- to-be-romantic restaurants -- not for those who take their medication nasally, on some sunny Mediterranean island

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26 Jul 2006 // 9:00 PM

Peaches: Impeach My Bush

Peaches adds politics to the sex talk on Impeach My Bush.

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26 Jul 2006 // 3:00 PM

Sunset Rubdown

I swore I wouldn't do it. I wouldn't make lazy, obvious comparisons. But, I can't help thinking of... Avril Lavigne?!?

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26 Jul 2006 // 3:00 PM

The Pretenders

The phrases 'punk' and 'oldies' mix about as well as chocolate cake and mayonnaise. Maybe that's why Chrissie Hynde won't stand still.

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The Big Valley: Season One

Tensions caused by the growth of urbanization and industrialization and the dying out of the frontier, the excesses of the robber barons and the risk they pose to democracy, and the angst of Civil War veterans trying to find their place in the world, again, set the stage for this virtuous, wealthy, 19th century family.

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Aleuchatistas: What You Will

Instrumental post-jazz-whatever rockers offer riffs and revolution.

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Cheers: The Complete Eighth Season

The classic Woody one-liner doesn't further a plot, but it does reaffirm his earnest oddness.

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25 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Even as Sheryl and Grandpa try to soothe little Olive, her father's "refuse to lose" credo creates a mountain of expectation.

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25 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Garden (2005)

Forget Sisyphus endlessly pushing that rock up the hill. Imagine having to listen to a gravel-voice Devil read from his own copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul until the end of time.

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25 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Cthulhu Tales #1

Cthulhu: H.P. Lovecraft's ideas -- and his fears -- captured.

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25 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Pharrell: In My Mind

Pharrell has in the past few years endeavored to pitch himself as an average schmoe, a N*E*R*D, a guy just like you n' golly gosh me -- he goes far enough to include in the tray art a pint-size pixilated version of himself reporting: "Wealth is of the heart and mind, not of the pocket."

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25 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Youre Not You by Michelle Wildgen

Wildgen balances the debate by making it a question of trust, not a question of assisted suicide.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Music of Iran

A new Rough Guide opens a window on an unfamiliar culture and reveals rich musical traditions.

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Adam Green: Jacket Full of Danger

Adam Green wants to be your Elvis, your Paul Simon, your Jim Morrison, your Sammy Davis, Jr., and your Raffi, all at once.

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Dave Alvin: West of the West

Dave Alvin is like a history teacher with a guitar. But instead of penning his own history textbook, he's given us lessons through other people's words with this CD. If history was this entertaining back when I attended high school, I probably wouldn't have fallen asleep so often in class.

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Medeski, Martin & Wood: Note Bleu

MMW's jammy Blue Note years, collected, with the addition of several unreleased tracks and a DVD of the band live-in-grooveloving-concert

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25 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Tapes ‘n Tapes: The Loon

Every little cog of this great piece of indie-rock machinery is, of course, some PR person's wet dream.

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Stone Dead: Murder and Myth in 'Medousa'

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"A wry tale which takes in Greek mythology, punk rock and influences of American suspense-drama, this is an effective and curious thriller about myth and obsession.

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