Reviews

8 Sep 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Death in Vegas: FabricLive 23

Death in Vegas' first work since those aborted sessions with Oasis is a valuable contribution to the prolific FabricLive catalogue.

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	Greg Dulli: Amber Headlights

Collection of unreleased 2001 recordings made shortly after the release of the Twilight Singers' debut.

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8 Sep 2005 // 1:03 AM

Deepa Mehta's controversial film considers the complicated, often excruciating impositions on women's lives at a time when Mahatma Gandhi is exposing the oppressions of colonial powers.

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8 Sep 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Motley freak show continued, stopping in Atlantic City for a pair of small venue gigs. And me with three Crue concerts in six days... Gee, you think I'm having fun yet?

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	Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Music of Sudan

While Sudanese music may not yet have the cultural cache of some of its geographic neighbors, don't wait for the cultural cognoscenti to check your passport. The border's open.

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	Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice: XIAO

Wooden Wand (aka James Toth) produces a Southern gothic sound, but he's more connected to the New York anti-folk scene than he is the Georgian backwoods.

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	Turbonegro: Party Animals

Look out, mainstream rock, you have a bunch of fat, horny, gay Norwegians charging your way.

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	Richard Swift: The Collection Vol. 1

As a means of introduction, Secretly Canadian has lovingly repackaged two Richard Swift discs into one two-disc volume. You'll be glad you met him.

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	James McMurtry: Childish Things

The Texas troubadour adds a bit of panache and grace to the stories of the working class poor. America: the land of the free, where even working two jobs means one can only afford to sleep in the car.

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	Death Cab For Cutie: Plans

This is an amazing little pop record of amazing little pop songs.

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	Chin Up Chin Up: We Should Have Never Lived Like We Were Skyscrapers

If it was still 2004, these auteurs of atmospherics would have released one of the finest releases of the year.

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	Beatfanatic: The Gospel According to Beatfanatic

He's not really a preacher, you know. He's a DJ.

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6 Sep 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Satoshi Tomiie: ES / ES-B

He's known primarily for his progressive leanings but he remains something of a wild card. Now he's gone all System of a Down on us by choosing to release what is essentially a double album in two discrete parts, separated only by a few short summer months.

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	Rinaldi Sings: What’s It All About?

Britain's new bubblegum soul man croons his way to the top. But will we all go into sugar shock?"

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	Michael Penn: Mr. Hollywood, Jr. 1947

Singer-songwriter follows wife Aimee Mann's concept album with a concept album of his own.

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	The Immortal Lee County Killers 3: These Bones Will Rise to Love You Again

Amidst the garage rock mishmash of blues, punk, and rock 'n' roll (on an uncharacteristically spaced-out trip, to boot), IMCK3 show us the blues ain't just a history.

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	Frontier Index: Frontier Index

By demonstrating their willingness to expand upon as well as respect the boundaries of country music, Frontier Index have positioned themselves as musicians intent on scrubbing off the stink of formaldehyde that pervades so much alt-country.

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	Dr. Israel: Inna City Pressure [remastered]

The doctor of dub reggae has remastered his classic 1998 release. Fans of the genre should be pleased. Others may not be so enthused.

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	Bob Brookmeyer: Bob Brookmeyer and Friends

The set is something of a period piece, incidental to the quality of the music. It ain't demanding stuff, but nice.

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6 Sep 2005 // 12:00 AM

The pain of playing to an attentive but small crowd pales in comparison to being hit by an unmanned runaway car. So maybe this was the better part of their day after all...

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