Reviews

1 Feb 2005 // 12:00 AM

Japan needs more superheroes. Not to increase safety, but to defend the masses against the endless stream of ear-bleedingly bad J-Pop.

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1 Feb 2005 // 12:00 AM

Longstreth and company play with an unadorned, mellow tone that feels both effortless and emphatically sincere. That is, when you can hear them.

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Not long ago I slipped some words into a headline: 'My little brother likes Bright Eyes, and I do too.' I lied...

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1 Feb 2005 // 12:00 AM

The guy who was once labeled an extremely talented -- though a tad simplistic - is now a troubadour of depth and complexity.

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1 Feb 2005 // 12:00 AM

Tori Amos: Piece by Piece by Tori Amos & Ann Powers

The coverage goes beyond name-dropping and timelines in an effort to communicate and create new conversations around Amos' music.

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1 Feb 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Proust Project by Andre Acimen

It celebrates the very act of discovering Proust, an occasion Acimen likens to 'wandering through a totally unfamiliar land and finding it peopled with kindred spirits and sister souls and fellow countrymen'.

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1 Feb 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby

Nick Hornby is just humble enough that you cannot hate or resent him, yet authoritative enough that you still retain some reason to respect and be interested in his opinion on books.

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1 Feb 2005 // 12:00 AM

Cheat and Charmer by Elizabeth Frank

Elizabeth Frank's first novel -- arriving 20 years after her Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of the poet Louise Bogan -- delivers many compelling scenes of a woman's struggle to balance her own needs with those of her family, but dually flounders in its disregard for pithiness.

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	Various Artists: Future Soundtrack for America

Who's Who of indie rock scene boost progressive agenda. Good bands, good songs, good cause!"

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	Viva Voce: The Heat Can Melt Your Brain

There was a time, oh young ones, when self-produced indie rock was supposed to be lo-fi. These were the years before CD-Rs and Pro Tools

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31 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Owen: I Do Perceive

Scarred mope pop from Chicago-based singer-songwriter Mike Kinsella wages a delicate war of self-attrition.

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	Outrageous Cherry: Why Don’t We Talk About Something Else EP

Whether or not the ebb and tide of pop trends happen to carry Outrageous Cherry to the shores of the masses, they'll probably keep on trucking, even if their chosen means of expression is 40 years old.

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31 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Jason Moran: Same Mother

On his sixth album, Jason Moran continues to explore the roots and influences of the jazz idiom, while simultaneously demonstrating how its innovations can be applied to any number of mediums.

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31 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Low: The Great Destroyer

The Duluth trio have confounded us again, which is a good thing of course. Virtually absent on The Great Destroyer are the spare, minimalist daubs of intimate beauty with which they're so closely associated, and yet, nonetheless, it wades through a kind of dark, tumultuous resplendence all its own.

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31 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Juvenile: The Greatest Hits

The Greatest Hits exemplifies the narrow spectrum of contemporary hip-hop, which is to say it is heart-pumping dance music and nothing more.

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31 Jan 2005 // 2:00 PM

	Bill Connors: Return

A versatile guitarist settling for plain mainstream jazz with what's currently a contemporary accent; a characterful pianist, and bass and drums to match: not at all bad.

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31 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

Point Pleasant

Point Pleasant aims to talk about Big Things, to do it seriously, and, most importantly, to allow young characters to do it as much as, if not more than, older ones.

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31 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

Numb3rs

Though we see Charlie scribbling furiously on his chalkboard and mathematical equations float across the screen periodically, no one explains what all those numbers and letters and formulas mean.

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	Various Artists: Axis of Justice: Concert Series Volume 1

An all-star musical broadside against war and injustice, brought to you by some guy from System of a Down.

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	Cass McCombs: PREfection

You might have trouble getting a handle on Cass McCombs. He’s intentionally oblique, in real life as in his lyrics, even saying, “I don’

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