Reviews

13 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Everybody Hates Chris

Episode: 'Everyone Hates Corleone' - Despite his parents' firm belief that he will be 'safer' in the all-white school, Chris' status as the only black student opens him up to a daily barrage of abuses.

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13 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Gotan Project: Lunático

If only updating an established style could always be as successful as this.

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The Avett Brothers: Four Thieves Gone: The Robbinsville Sessions

You need to hear The Avett Brothers, but perhaps this album isn't the best place to find your first impression.

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Cobra Killer & Kapajkos: Das Mandolinenorchester

Making kraut haute.

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13 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Canasta: We Were Set Up

Up-and-coming Chicago sextet hops on pop.

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13 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Parts & Labor: Stay Afraid

Think Lightning Bolt's ferocious noise cut through with arena-filling rock melodies... then double it.

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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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