Reviews

6 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

Jackass: The Box Set

The sketches designed to shock innocent passers-by on the street often suggest a destructive hostility beneath all the smirking. Candid Camera with a punch in the face.

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6 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

Homecoming

The genius of Homecoming is that it speaks an antic-seeming truth to power, even as U.S. news media can't.

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San Francisco Noir by Peter Maravelis

Out there on the foggy edge on the continent, with its outlaw history, mad riot of architecture and strangely cold sun, San Francisco casts some long, weird shadows.

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The Brooklyn Connection - How to Build a Guerrilla Army (2005)

The documentary doesn't shy away from the disturbing dichotomies in Florin Krasniqi's life.

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	Various Artists: Progressions: 100 Years of Jazz Guitar

Touted as a reference work, it's nearly complete as a list of names, and some samples from unknowns might inspire Amazonian voyages. But can four CDs manage everything this set claims to be?"

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	Various Artists: Only in Canada, EH: 77-81

Not all Canadian kids listened to Rush during the late 1970s, as this superb anthology of Canadian punk rock proves.

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5 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Craig Wedren: Lapland

The Shudder to Think and Baby front-man makes a sterling, songful solo debut.

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	The Frank Sinatra Show: High Hopes - With Dean Martin and Bing Crosby [DVD]

In the words of his own director, Jack Donahue: 'There are quite a few performers who have no business on television each week, and Sinatra is one of them.'"

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5 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Ernest Ranglin: Surfin’

This album, in a fair world, would re-establish Ernest Ranglin on an international stage.

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	Messer Chups: Crazy Price

Feel like an album that's good in parts and leaves you scratching your head in others? Then this one, my friend, is for you.

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	Halloween, Alaska: Too Tall to Hide

Humble Minneapolis schmoes land on The O.C., add a final nail to the indie rock coffin.

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5 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Clor: Clor

Yet another British indie band that's cooler than you. Proof that four great synth-spiked songs can make seven not-so-great ones go down a lot easier.

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	Franz Ferdinand: Live [DVD]

Franz enters the DVD market with more live footage of the band than you will ever need in your entire life. Lucky, lucky, you're so lucky!"

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5 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

William Gatevackes reviews Loveless, a new series spearheading the return of the Western comic.

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5 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

ER / The West Wing

The West Wing's chief relationships have been tested and compromised, turning Sorkin's noble, fast-walking liberals into more than the sum of their quips and ideals.

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Extreme Makeover - Home Edition

The show is both inspiring and schmaltzy.

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5 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

Japanland: A Year in Search of Wa by Karin Muller

The chaos of the crowd struggling to board the last train out of Tokyo at midnight is so wonderfully suffocating, the rigidness of sumo training so extreme, that they beg to be witnessed in person.

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4 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Various Artists: Back to Black

What is the sound of blackness? Part of the answer can be found in these obscure titles from the era when black was proud and spoke its name out loud.

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4 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Speech: The Vagabond

This is the sort of music -- pleasant, inoffensive, strangely nostalgic -- that you won't mind hearing piped over the sound system in your favorite coffee chain shop.

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4 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Nelly: Sweatsuit

Nelly cuts the fat from last year's bloated double disc set, and somehow ends up with something almost as bad.

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"Cage the Elephant rocked two sold-out nights at Summerstage and return to NYC for a free show May 29th. Info on that and a preview of the full Summerstage schedule is here.

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