Reviews

30 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Sons and Daughters: The Repulsion Box

The promise of this Scottish quartet's debut EP isn't fulfilled, but even this imperfect record is an invigorating trip into its dreary world.

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	Mahogany: Memory Column: Early Works and Rarities 1996-2004

Mahogany present a compelling view of an alternate universe where Stereolab and My Bloody Valentine had an autistic love child who could only communicate through exquisitely designed sound sculptures.

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30 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	GWAR: Live From Mt. Fuji

Everything, the walls, the ceiling, the floor, covered in plastic wrap, and for good reason, because let's face it, when you go to see GWAR, no matter how hard to try to hide, you will get messy.

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	Dr. John: The Best of the Parlophone Years

If this was the best the good Doctor could muster he'd be far less important than he is. Fortunately there's considerably more best in the rest of his catalogue to choose from.

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30 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Capes: Taste EP

With New New Wave peaking, these Brits picked the right time to show up to the party.

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30 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

Never ones for the sterile, surgical approach, Dangers/MBM make their Burroughs-like vivisections sound organic, as if the sound-body is going through a metamorphosis rather that lying on a hospital slab.

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30 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

Mattel Classic Football 2

Ah, nostalgia. It's what makes the world go 'round.

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30 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

Being Bobby Brown

Brown protests, 'I just wanna be normal, okay?' And that's why he's doing a reality show, to be normal.

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The Prophecy: Uprising (2005)

This may well be the first film where the Prince of Darkness is merciful, tolerant, and even politically centered.

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Fountains of Wayne: Out of State Plates

Two CDs worth of Fountains of Wayne that, although you may not need to hear, you probably should. Why wouldn't you want to listen to this band's version of Max Martin's smash hit, '...Baby, One More Time?'"

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	Various Artists: Florian Keller Presents Creative Musicians Vol. 2: More Highly Underrated Masterpi

Finally available in the US, this irresistible collection of rare grooves shows that there's more to funk than George Clinton, yet still makes the Mothership Connection.

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29 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Mary Timony: Ex Hex

The third solo release from Timony finds the former Helium front lady casting aside her Castlevania jones, coming down from her cloud to explore more terrestrial themes with a healthy dose of stripped down, bare-knuckled rock. This is Mary Timony unhinged and unfiltered, a true return to form.

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29 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Smashing Orange: 1991

Unsurprisingly, the work by this forgotten shoegaze band is, well, extremely forgettable.

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	Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra: A Love Supreme

From media-hyped name but highly talented W. Marsalis, a very Ellingtonian orchestral work founded on a Coltrane work famous like Coltrane for being famous: but a very considerable consolidating achievement.

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	Full White Drag: Everything Will Fall on One Night

A strong EP of blistering indie rock from a band that's figuring out how to do it right.

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29 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	e:gum: Keyboard Lies

e:gum's beats are harsh but their hooks are sharp -- an interesting juxtaposition that makes for distinctive, if occasionally underwhelming results.

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29 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

vs. Wilco' was the headline last week. It was as though the bands, both rising from the ashes of Uncle Tupelo, were going to stage a ritualistic gang fight.

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The eBay Effect: Inside a Worldwide Obsession

As host David Faber says, 'If you're not listening to the Community, they can become downright un-neighborly.'

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29 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

Acts of Faith by Philip Caputo

Doug and Quinette's Manichean worldview proves particularly disastrous when combined with a singularly American strain of optimism, a kind of militant Pollyanna spirit often expressed by neoconservatives and some liberal humanitarians.

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Crazed Fruit: Criterion Collection (1956)

Natsuhisa poses as something of a mentor to Haruji, but also reveals a low-grade competitiveness that will soon spiral into full-blown resentment and malice.

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