Reviews

16 May 2005 // 11:00 PM

	KEM: Album II

The second album from this Motown soul-fusioneer is tasty and soulful, but it represents such a wholesale copping of the style of the soul-fusioneer Al Jarreau that it's, frankly, difficult to know how to react.

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	Adolescents: The Complete Demos 1980-1986

This collection of early demos from the seminal California punk band only really will appeal to diehard fans, but who else would even think of buying a collection of punk rock demos?"

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Séance (2004): Koji Yakusho, Jun Fubuki, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, Hikari Ishida - PopMatters Film Rev

As Koji and Junco drift apart, not only is their dialogue minimal, but they also appear repeatedly framed by windows and doorways.

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Team America: World Police: Special Collector’s Edition (2004)

Parker and Stone plainly love the size of this outrageous project, but they also understand and show off how silly that love is.

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16 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

No one liked any of the free gum flavors, but at least there was a view of the amateur sumo-wrestling ring.

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16 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

It only makes sense that such earnest, vulnerable music comes from a person who can make you feel out of place.

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16 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Hercules

The labors are colorful on paper, somewhat less than thrilling in execution.

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16 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Polarium

Polarium is one of those games that's going to be overlooked by the masses because we've moved past the simple games of yore.

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16 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Deliver Me from Nowhere by Tennessee Jones

Tennessee Jones's piece tells a dramatically different tale than Springsteen's song, but most of these stories simply elaborate upon the originals, filling in back stories and supplying details where the Boss's minimalist approach gave none.

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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou: Criterion Collection (2004)

'That's what the movie's sort of about,' observes Wes Anderson, 'self-invention, and making their own art, and all those things.'"

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16 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Hustle (2004)

Pete Rose so badly wants people to think he's a good guy that he presents Rose the legend, never Rose the man.

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15 May 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Pony Up!: self-titled

'We are girls.' 'We are in a band.' 'We wrote these songs.' 'Aren't they clever?' 'Aren't we rad?'"

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15 May 2005 // 11:00 PM

	David Olney: Migration

Although David Olney's songs have been recorded by some great singers, he's a fine performer in his own right.

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15 May 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Melk: Sports

Straight outta Comp--er, Copenhagen? Danish hip-hoppers bring the heat.

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15 May 2005 // 11:00 PM

Robbie Fulks: Georgia Hard

Country music's prince of composition ends a prolonged silence with his first collection of new material since 2001. In related news, scores of aspiring songwriters give up.

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	The Deathray Davies: The Kick and the Snare

After a dark pop detour with his last album, Deathray Davies frontman John Dufilho returns with 11 bright, shiny, intelligent pop songs.

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15 May 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Coralie Clément: Bye Bye Beauté

Bye Bye Beauté's defining sound is Clément's voice, a supernally girlish whisper floating so absurdly high up in the mix you can hear her gums smacking together.

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	Bird Show: Green Inferno

Town & Country's Ben Vida further explores his fascination with dense percussion, drone, and small chirping creatures.

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13 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

It takes the power of a great man to pull me to the crossroads of shtick and gimmick.

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13 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Indie kids are not enough. UK grime will get lost as a minute blip unless it manages to infiltrate the hip-hop scene that helped spawn it.

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