Reviews
Various Artists: Underground Hip-Hop Volume 4

A compilation whose name says everything (and nothing).

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Urban Tribe: Authorized Clinical Trials

This is roots music for the computer class, unsullied by the march of time or the vagaries of the wider marketplace.

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Magic Slim & the Teardrops/ Joe Carter with Sunnyland Slim: That Aint Right

This split-LP from the past offers two different treasures dating back to 1977 -- early Magic Slim, the sensitive bluesman, an original in fine shading, and happily still with us; and the late Joe Carter, who in his final recording had his own way with the Elmore James repertoire.

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16 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Adem: Love And Other Planets

Adem's got Love (the concept) on his mind, and his exploration of it is sophisticated, literate and surprisingly affecting.

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13 Oct 2006 // 8:00 AM

Ensemble: Ensemble

Ensemble elegantly bridges the divides between electronica, classical, folk, and indie-pop, effortlessly integrating all of these disparate genres into one lovely and unassuming sound.

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13 Oct 2006 // 4:30 AM

Man of the Year (2006)

The troubles with Barry Levinson's movie are many, including an erratic pace and too many unfunny diversions, but the primary issue, strangely, is its lack of pointed political humor.

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13 Oct 2006 // 4:00 AM

Debut EP from Boston-based rock quartet is yet another entry in the ongoing renaissance of '80s disaffection.

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13 Oct 2006 // 3:12 AM

The Grudge 2 (2006)

Rethinking the very concepts of remake, sequel, and translation, The Grudge 2 is not a regular horror movie, or even a regular J-horror movie.

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Last Conservative: Pretty New Things

This band spent the past summer opening for the Goo Goo Dolls / Counting Crows co-headlining North American tour, as well as performing at the after-show

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The Who: The Who - The Vegas Job [DVD]

World's one-time best rock band cashes in disgracefully on boomer nostalgia. Try to focus on the music....it's the only way to get through this.

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13 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Shortbus (2006)

Shortbus underlines the problem of defining what's real in its use of sex as means and sign of pleasure.

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13 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Infamous (2006)

When Truman quite gleefully describes his plan to use 'fictional techniques' to tell his nonfiction story, to shape the Clutter murders as an emblem of cultural malaise, Nelle insists on a knowable distinction between fact and fiction.

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13 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Autobiography of My Hand by Kurt S. Olsson

The first poem in Bright Hill Press’ 2005 Poetry Chapbook winner, “Grace”, begins: They are here to teach him about power, a gang of ten-year-olds. Hands

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13 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

A Unified Theory of Light by Theodore Worozbyt

Dream Horse Press makes some ugly editorial mistakes with their 2005 National Poetry Chapbook Prize Winner, Theodore Worozbyt. In the table of contents, “Corn” is listed

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13 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Birds Are on Fire by Kay Sloan

Every year, Finishing Line books publishes 30 chapbooks by unknown poets. I’ve read four now, and all are tastefully designed with lovely cover art and

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13 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Van She represents everything that’s wrong with Modular. I’m sorry, I love the label that’s brought us the Avalanches and the Presets,

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The Simpsons: The Complete Eighth Season

The Simpsons deals with the serious issues -- repression, crises of faith, and fractured families -- that most sitcoms either ignore or confine to "special" quasi-dramatic episodes.

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13 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Toby Lightman: Bird on a Wire

Bird on a Wire is one of those albums that’s good on the surface, but seems to float by without the listener really retaining anything from it.

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13 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Hidden Cameras: AWOO

Pretty orchestral lit-pop fails to live up to the promise of its tag-line: 'gay church folk music'.

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13 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Tag #1

Tag offers that most exquisite of rarities: an original horror premise.

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