Reviews

10 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

Un Chien Andalou (1929)

Made in 1929, Un Chien Andalou is based on the exchange of 'dreams' between two young Spanish artists.

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10 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

Anchorman—The Legend of Ron Burgundy Giftset (2004)

Will Ferrell's comedy is escapism as abstract art, a breathless retreat into the frenetic headspace of a 12-year-old boy.

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	Toad the Wet Sprocket: Welcome Home: Live

Though seemingly untimely, this release lends credence to the belief that Toad was much more than the sum of its radio parts.

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9 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Paper Chase: God Bless Your Black Heart

My productivity as a writer has ground to a halt in the last few months because this record has rendered all other records obsolete.

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	The Only Children: Change of Living

Not so long ago there was a band called the Anniversary. Their earnest heartbroken lyrics and power pop sound got them lumped into a genre

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9 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Oneida: Nice/Splittin’ Peaches EP

Oneida has emerged as one of the more compelling groups around over the past few years. Save for 2003, the prolific Brooklyn-based band has released a

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	Gerald Levert: Do I Speak for the World

A bold (and blatantly commercial) attempt to bring purpose to R&B -- and to bring soul music back to the world.

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	Her Space Holiday: The Young Machines Remixed

For a Sunday afternoon mope, what could be better than an album of melancholy electro-pop? How about that same album remixed by the likes of Super Furry Animals, Stereolab, and Dntel?"

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	Jimi Hendrix: Blue Wild Angel: Live at the Isle of Wight [CD + DVD]

As he had so masterfully done at Monterey and Woodstock, Jimi Hendrix engulfed Isle of Wight festival goers in a brilliant sea of cosmic sights and sounds. No one could have imagined that the 1970 concert would be the Voodoo Chile's last hurrah.

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9 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Early Day Miners: All Harm Ends Here

The fourth Red House Painters -- er, Early Day Miners -- album in as many years, All Harm Ends Here is the type of electric folk perfect for endless plains and tattered dreams. Zzzzzzzzz....

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	Transmissionary Six: Get Down

The latest entry in the oft-revised 'Hipster Bible', is the Transmissionary Six's third album worthy of canonization?"

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	The Ocean Blue: Waterworks

The Ocean Blue has always sounded out of place. Formed in the late ‘80s in Hershey, Pennsylvania, their sound was rooted in same vein as

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6 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Nein: self-titled

Not just another '80s revivalist band, The Nein offer you a danceable alternative to the prefabricated angst of today's pop. Provided you're not a kid.

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	Nas: Street’s Disciple

With middle age rapidly approaching, ghetto poet/prophet Nasir Jones settles in for the long haul. Of all his peers, he ages gracefully, although Street's Disciple two discs reflect the less-focused Nas of the past, a Nas that's ready to hand off the baton, but unsure what to do next.

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	Mnemic: The Audio Injected Soul

Heavily indebted to the abrasive, progressive strains of Fear Factory, Strapping Young Lad and Soilwork, Danish five-piece Mnemic are fully intent on taking contemporary metal

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6 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Adam Marsland: You Don’t Know Me

More musically complex than any previous Marsland collection, You Don't Know Me serves up an intriguing mix of largely piano-driven compositions.

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	The Grip Weeds: Giant on the Beach

The Grip Weeds wear their influences like badges of honor. The New Jersey band plays the kind of jangly, space-age rock perfected by bands like

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6 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Brandon Butler: Killer on the Road

The lower the volume, the more likely you are to be taken seriously. While not a hard and fast rule, it’s a pretty accurate

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6 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

White Noise (2005)

White Noise falls into that least-likely-to-succeed genre, the horror film released in winter.

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William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice (2004)

Pacino, noted lover of Shakespeare, strives for a multi-dimensional characterization of the angry Shylock, underlining his sadness and indignation.

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