Reviews

26 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Kraak & Smaak: Boogie Angst

The breaks-influenced Dutch trio blend jazzy rhythms, breaks and a retro, diva vocal vibe into a pleasant, light mix.

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Daniel Smith: Be Bop Bassoon

Even the thorough application of this great bassoonist, with as good a threesome as could reasonably be hoped for, can not establish serious claim for bassoon as a versatile horn in jazz. "Birk's Works" is nonetheless lovely... music not to laugh at, but smile with!

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Various Artists: The Pilgrim: A Celebration of Kris Kristofferson

The real question is whether the latest effort to honor the legendary songwriter is any good. The simple answer is yes.

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26 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Four Tet: DJ Kicks

Insomuch as Kieran Hebden's sound is unassailably unique, his DJ Kicks is also a rather indescribable experience.

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	Rush: Replay x 3 [DVD + CD]

Travel back in time with Lerxst, Dirk, and the Professor!"

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26 Jun 2006 // 3:00 PM

The Streets

) is running the New York Marathon this year. Seriously, he ran no less than 18 miles before the show. What the hell?!?!

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Nine Inch Nails + Bauhaus

Everybody in Northeast Ohio has a Trent story from the old days: he used to frequent the record shop where I worked. Of course, I haven't seen him around much lately...

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26 Jun 2006 // 3:00 PM

Fiery Furnaces + Man Man

Several songs into Fiery Furnaces' set, I was still scouring the stage, hoping beyond hope that it was hidden behind an amp or something...

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Strangers with Candy: The Complete Series

Not only does the humor hold up with amazing buoyancy, but it also remains edgier and more topical than most current programming on basic cable TV.

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We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen (2005)

If viewers of this film rush out in pursuit of Minutemen albums, the film will have accomplished its humble goal of paying tribute to one of the all-time great bands of the modern recording era.

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26 Jun 2006 // 3:00 PM

Why We Fight (2005)

Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson observes, 'I sometimes think many American leaders in civilian clothes would love to have Doberman pinschers whom they could release on the world and then put back in their cages. They don't like the Dobermans to have PhDs and question their decisions.'"

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26 Jun 2006 // 3:00 PM

Annapolis (2006)

Toward the end of 'achieving a balance' in the film, Justin Lin says, 'It was just basically a massage all the way through, from the writing to the production to the editing.'"

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New Super Mario Bros.

Playing New Super Mario Bros. is a lot like shagging an ex: it's satisfying in the moment, but afterwards you realize your effort could have been spent better elsewhere.

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The Bang on a Can Marathon featuring Matmos, Glenn Kotche, Amiina, and Alarm Will Sound

A mind-blowing 10-hour avant-garde event makes its home in the strangest of places: the mall.

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26 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

The People’s Republic of Desire by Annie Wang

Is it worth being treated like a second-class citizen [in America], as long as one enjoys unparalleled freedom and an education?"

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Irving: Death in the Garden Blood on the Flowers

An album full of worthy successors to the pop rock legacy of The Cars. All in all, a pitch perfect soundtrack to summer.

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25 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Waist Deep (2006)

"Save our streets! Save our streets!" So pronounce the earnest demonstrators who appear at the start of Waist Deep, their placards raised high, their faces showing frustration.

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India.Arie: Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship

On her third album, Arie becomes glazed with easy listening grooves, but inevitably pulls through with soul and introspection.

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Alejandro Escovedo: The Boxing Mirror

Escovedo's brush with death yields one of his best records.

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25 Jun 2006 // 11:00 PM

Abe Duque: American Gigolo II

American Gigolo II offers a pleasantly comprehensive summation of one of the decade's more unique labels.

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