Reviews

15 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Eddie Turner: Rise

You know how in the National Football League, some guys are better suited to being assistant coaches after bombing as head coaches? That's Eddie Turner in music parlance: great guitarist in a band setting, but he doesn't have leadership material.

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15 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Lou Reed: Spanish Fly: Live in Spain [DVD]

While his music is brimming with life and action, his stage presence has always left something to be desired.

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	Pernice Brothers: Discover a Lovelier You

Fourth studio album from Massachusetts indie pop band is marked by stylistic allusions to early '80s Manchester (England, not New Hampshire).

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	Anders Parker: The Wounded Astronaut [EP]

Six songs that didn't quite make the cut on Tell It to the Dust because they were too loud. And this from the guy behind Varnaline?"

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15 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Jandek: Glasgow Sunday

Though Jandek has come closer to conventional music than anyone would have thought possible a decade ago, he remains a traveler on his own unfathomable road.

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15 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Tim Burgess: I Believe

Flying solo has not dampened Tim Burgess's enthusiasm for his craft. Too bad this effort is so exquisitely pedestrian, despite a few memorable moments.

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15 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

The first two times he reached into the crowd I was too busy trying to snap photos to grab this Bauhaus frontman's hand, but I was grazed on the third pass, I swear.

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15 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

Hell’s Kitchen

After calling two diners 'bimbos,' chef Gordon Ramsay tells them to go see their plastic surgeon, causing the women to storm out of the restaurant.

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15 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

Duel Masters

Magic: The Gathering was the first kind of geeky game that wasn't Dungeons & Dragons-based that I had ever gotten into and actually enjoyed.

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In a Queer Time & Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives by Judith Halberstam

In a Queer Time displays Halberstam's sophisticated understanding of contemporary culture in a plain and engaging tone.

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Heaven Can Wait: Criterion Collection (1943)

The newly dead Henry Van Cleave (Don Ameche) wants to be judged.

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14 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Dwight Twilley: 47 Moons

Long-time under-the-radar rocker returns with a string of sugar-coated pop tunes that make his Beatles-influenced pop come full circle.

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	Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation: Mighty Rearranger

Steven Tyler, Mick Jagger, and the like aside, Robert Plant still holds the title of cock-rock superstar. Mighty Rearranger is his best solo effort yet, and can put some of Led Zep's efforts to shame.

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14 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Memphis Bleek: 534

Don't even try, snarky listener.

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	Madagascar: Forced March

Mostly instrumental compositions drawn from everything from chamber music to Yiddish folk, this debut is a gorgeous surprise.

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14 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Hater: The 2nd

For God's sake, let sleeping dogs lie. The 2nd is a bunch of 10-year-old demos that we're supposed to treat like an album. Right.

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	Drive-By Truckers: The Dirty South: Live at the 40 Watt [DVD]

With five superb studio albums behind them, the Drive-By Truckers have emerged as one of the finest American rock bands of the past decade, as

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14 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Departure: Dirty Words

In an era of bands obsessed with the glassy disembodiment of Joy Division, the Departure are the first band to nail Curtis's alien menace, to wipe away the last identifiable traces of the human artist.

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	Charanga Cakewalk: Loteria de la Cumbia Lounge

'Mexicanos' is this album in a nutshell. Ramos takes a basic cheesy polka beat and keeps loading elements on top of it to see what will happen.

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Ever get arrested for your art? These Czechs did, over and over again. Now they're older, out of jail, and friends with Madeline Albright. Funny how that works...

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