Reviews

15 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Arrested Development: Season Two

Twenty-two minutes of a single episode of Arrested Development is still funnier than an entire night of Must-See TV.

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Hondo: Special Collector’s Edition / McLintock!: Authentic Collector’s Edition (1953)

As pointed out in a making-of featurette, John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara had such 'chemistry' in their films together that moviegoers took them to be a real-life couple.

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	Wilco: Kicking Television: Live in Chicago

Auteur theorists beware: Wilco leaves the studio behind in an attempt to just plain rock you.

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	Gerald Wilson: In My Time

Gerald Wilson's second CD with his new New York recording big band -- starry veterans supporting stunning juniors -- demonstrates what a considerable jazzman he still is; and was for all those decades of doing other things too.

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	Ivan Smagghe: Fabric 23

Frozen synths, hot sweat and digital disco drugs in the mix of the year so far from the gallic Darth Vader of electro; a daddy not afraid to scare his children...

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14 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Pilotdrift: Water Sphere

If you find the Flaming Lips too conservative for your tastes, you may have found your new favorite band.

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	P.J. Olsson: Beautifully Insane

Another quirky yet appealing album that makes you think that being in a haze isn't so bad at times.

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	John Lennon: Working Class Hero: The Definitive Lennon

John Lennon may not be a true 'working class hero', but he is still a heroic figure, nevertheless.

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	Kid Icarus: The Metal West

The Metal West is notable mostly for its creator's chosen band name, which is far from enough to justify its existence.

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	Bonnie “Prince” Billy: Summer in the Southeast

Will the real Will Oldham please stand up?"

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14 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Ray LaMontagne

I spent the entire show trying to make paper aeroplanes with my companion's phone number on them to fly LaMontagne's beard. There's a good reason why...

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14 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Home Movies: Season Three

The episodes are probably the best of the series. But honestly, an eight-year-old kid could make a better DVD.

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America’s Funniest Home Videos: Home for the Holidays

Get rid of the host's doofy vocal commentary and cartoon sound effects, and some of the clips are downright ruthless.

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Perfect Example by John Porcellino

The cumulative effect is quite powerful, the equivalent of an epic poem told in a series Zen koans.

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Bill Withers: Just As I Am [DualDisc]

A 'dualdisc' version of Bill Withers' first album -- a folk-soul fusion that reminds us what the '70s were really good for.

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	Joy Lynn White: One More Time

What a joy! A strong female voice brings back California style country rock as if the '70s were here again.

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	Little Plastic Pilots: Little Plastic Pilots

Little Plastic Pilots treads the line between pleasant and boring just a little too closely.

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	Mike Ladd: Father Divine

Infesticon, Nostalgiagator, poet, MC and producer goes semi-conceptual and ends up between destinations. He's still smart and funky, but it's not really enough.

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	Richie Hawtin: DE9: Transitions

Hawtin has not only produced one of the most singularly fascinating albums of the year, but taken the very concept of a mixed CD into unprecedented territory.

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	Cuizinier: Pour le Filles: Street Tape Vol. 01

Nothing else this year integrates more types of music, both smoothly and not-so-smoothly, than Pour les Filles does.

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