Reviews

13 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Terje Rypdal: Vossabrygg

If only this European homage to Miles Davis' Bitches Brew had had the tenacity to stick with the jazz-rock and avoided the club beats, it just might have made jazz album of the year.

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13 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Bird Show: Lightning Ghost

Challenging to say the least, Ben Vida's latest offering is filled with different sounds and tones. It has something for everyone but not everything for possibly anybody.

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Atreyu: A Death-Grip on Yesterday

They might be the biggest metalcore band in America right now, but Atreyu don’t quite sound like it yet.

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12 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Ultimately, Apparat reads like something of a doggie bag of Ellis' leftover ideas: characters, stories, and concepts that didn't quite fit elsewhere, but were still too good to throw away.

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12 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Gossip: 25 March 2006 - New York

As part of the privileged NYC concert-going masses, I'm spoiled. I rarely see a show so good that I absolutely can't shut up about it for days afterwards. Very rarely.

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Wonder Showzen: Season One

Wonder Showzen's signature mix of the disturbing and the absurd makes for searing satire and whipsmart TV.

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12 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Doctor Who

Doctor Who retains the old Who's oh-so-British irreverence, so it actually lives up to the appellation 'kid's show for adults'.

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12 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

While the movie's poetry is often stunning, the DVD docs are decidedly and disappointingly banal.

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12 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Karsh Kale: Broken English

This is Kale's most diverse and daring album yet; he moves into some genres that even he hasn't tried yet, and it really loosens up his urban/Indian/worldbeat groove.

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12 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Vines: Vision Valley

The Vines are polished so shiny by Capitol on their new record you can see yourself in the reflective, glossy black of the CD booklet.

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David Gilmour: On an Island

Third official solo album finds the Pink Floyd guitarist/vocalist mostly free of the weight of that band's legacy. Hence the album is content and effortless, maybe too much so.

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12 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Manu Katche: Neighorhood

A crystalline ECM session featuring a pop drummer, Tomasz Stanko, and Jan Garbarek -- but really too gentle for its own good.

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12 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Calexico: Garden Ruin

Garden Ruin sounds a bit like Calexico followed their muse out into the uncharted desert as far as they could, and then returned to town to shower, shave, reflect, and stock up on supplies

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Various Artists: Hefty 10 Digest

Running the gamut from IDM to alt-hip-hop with strong roots in both the progressive soul and free jazz sounds, Hefty arrives at an approachable middle ground between wonky noise and shiny pop -- a rather pleasant juxtaposition.

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12 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Chris Murphy: Elbow Room

Aussie musician seems to take Crowded House's debut album to heart with consistently well-crafted, harmony-heavy pop jewels.

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Art Lillard’s Heavenly Band: Reasons to Be Thankful

Thought the material is not quite up to the hype of the liner notes, there's certainly some accomplished playing here, but oh, for some intensity!

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11 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Nada Surf + Rogue Wave + Inara George

It may have been Oscar night in Hollywood, but to these emo-fied teens, the night belonged to Nada Surf and their companions.

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11 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Patton Oswalt: No Reason to Complain

Patton Oswalt's audience exemplifies the politically opinionated but ultimately unmotivated young Left, who turned out to the polls in 2004 with the same low figures as they did in 2000.

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11 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Protocols of Zion

No matter where the film turns, people are confronting, confirming, or complicating their worst fears.

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The Mary Tyler Moore Show: The Complete Third Season

Mary Richards, as essayed by the incomparable Mary Tyler Moore, would evolve over the span of the series, but at her core, she was always the wise, wonderful gal pal, the sounding board off of which those around her bounced their good natured notions.

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