Reviews

8 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

A decade later, The Gathering’s breakthrough album remains as powerful as ever.

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Nels Cline/Wally Shoup/Chris Corsano: Immolation/Immersion

Those wanting to further explore Cline's music would do well to ease into things. For most, that means a disc like this probably ought to sit on the shelf for a while.

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8 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Boduf Songs: Boduf Songs

Boduf Song sounds like an even more melancholic version of Nick Drake, whose guitar plucking drowns Six Organs of Admittance in an ocean of overwhelming sorrow.

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Ever wonder why they keep dance clubs so dimly lit? To hide the smirking.

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A song cycle set in New York City in the '60s, when Negroes were in vogue and everything was cool, baby; through the saga of a real life hot mama the son never knew.

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8 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Hiromi: Spiral

This record will be on many people's year-end lists, even if they are not jazz people.

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Envelope: Insignificant Anthems

If only all rap was this endearing.

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The High Strung isn't high strung about anything. The band loses a member but still manages to make an incredible, timeless piece of ear candy!

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	Ian Anderson: Plays the Orchestral Jethro Tull [DVD + CD]

For a non-Tull Tull, it's a good Tull, but hardly an essential Tull.

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7 Feb 2006 // 1:00 AM

Get This Party Started

Takes insipid voyeurism to new heights, proffering pseudo-celebrity culture as a panacea for whatever ails you, whether that's being displaced by hurricane Katrina, recovering from cancer, or wondering what to do for your birthday.

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Benjamin Franklin / John & Abigail Adams (American Experience)

While the self-improvement rhetoric starts to sound a little too much like Dr. Phil, the program does convey the excitement of Franklin's ideas.

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DaCapo Best Music Writing 2005: The Year’s Finest Writing on Rock, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Pop, Country & Mor

J.T. LeRoy compiles essays for Da Capo's latest Best Music Writing collection. Not that anyone can tell.

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Elizabethtown: Widescreen Special Collector’s Edition (2005)

The DVD of Elizabethtown is called the Widescreen Special Collector's Edition, though there's not one thing special about it.

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Trojan marks the 2005 passing of a reggae great with a crass, ill-conceived bait-and-switch.

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Cuong Vu: It’s Mostly Residual

Cuong Vu is going to be a major voice in jazz, if he can stand to keep making it.

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The Chrysler: Failures and Sparks

Welcome to Sweden, a land where country music sounds like Belle and Sebastian and debut albums have five bonus tracks.

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In his lifetime a great unknown, Frank Hewitt's last years were given to playing piano at the now defunct venue this label was named for. Taped live, here's a complete 3 a.m. Sunday quintet set including two little-known ace saxophonists.

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7 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Minus 5: The Minus 5

Nobody celebrates life as a screw-up better than the Minus 5’s Scott McCaughey.

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7 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Audio Bullys: Generation

Audio Bullys have made an awkward in-between album.

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Jenny Lewis: Rabbit Fur Coat

Rilo Kiley's Lewis most assuredly found her voice on Rabbit Fur Coat, her exceptionally charming solo debut.

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