Reviews

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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13 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Squarepusher: Hello Everything

Hello Everything steps back from recent experimentation and, carefully and effectively, refocuses on melody.

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Lucero: Rebels, Rogues & Sworn Brothers

Roots rockers Lucero add a keyboard to their already awesome attack, and get even better.

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13 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Nomeansno: All Roads Lead to Ausfahrt

Nomeansno heads for their own middle of the road on All Roads Lead to Ausfahrt.

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13 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Greg Laswell: Through Toledo

Sad but not miserable, this bit of heartache is both moving and comforting in its murkiness.

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13 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Gold

I personally would've sewn a Confederate flag to the back of something or other, if not for the sneaking suspicion that I would've looked like a complete twat.

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13 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Freddie Cruger: Soul Search

Cruger draws on funky music from around the world, and his debut album is at once smooth, eclectic, and supremely danceable.

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13 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Puffy AmiYumi: Splurge

When an album is this movie-theatre-popcorn good, it's hard to complain.

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Duo manages to actually bring something new to the female singer-songwriter table, and that's a welcome thing.

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12 Oct 2006 // 6:00 AM

Defari: Street Music

Defari seems to be losing speed, as his newest album fails to break any new ground from his previous endeavors.

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12 Oct 2006 // 6:00 AM

The Casualties: Under Attack

If your idea of fun is losing your mind and bouncing off walls for 30 rousing minutes, bon appetit!

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