Reviews

6 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Kill the Moonlight (1994)

It's California in the early '90s on an outskirt north of Los Angeles dominated by decrepit strip malls, pawnshops, taco stands, and dirty coke dealers.

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P:ano: Ghost Pirates Without Heads

P:ano makes us wonder if we should engage the unengaged.

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Cowboy Mouth: Voodoo Shoppe

Like a big ol' bowl of jambalaya from Mothers restaurant, Voodoo Shoppe is tasty and fulfilling. Cowboy Mouth prove that life never left Nawlins.

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Sugar Minott: The Roots Lover 1978-1983

A clean, tight repackaging of music that was previously impossible to find. The only problem with these CDs is that there's nothing to complain about.

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Dead Prez Presents M-1: Confidential

Dead Prez's M-1 has become the Sun Tzu of hip-hop with a blend of R&B, soul, politics, and activism that will get you dancing before you realize he's wiretapped your boom box.

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Robin Dean Salmon: Gasoline

Rootsy, country, Americana singer-songwriter churns out another piece of work that fans of Earle, Crowell, Major, and Welch will enjoy.

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5 Apr 2006 // 10:00 PM

Take Six: Feels Good

Gospel-jazz a cappella mastery, again.

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Tanya Morgan: Moonlighting

Trio Tanya Morgan shines with a debut album that thumps with truly soulful hip-hop.

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South: Adventures in the Underground Journey to the Stars

They may not be Britain's kings of melodic rock songs yet, but at this rate, they won't even need The O.C. anymore.

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Autumn in Halifax: Kites with Broken Strings

Transitory and haunting, Autumn in Halifax's songs sound like all those past moments that determine your present situation.

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5 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Marshall Crenshaw

Melodic hits from a friendly dealer...

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5 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Heist

Unlike the characters, each step of the heist was carefully drawn, proceeding logically in a series of reversals, both physical and mental.

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5 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Bedford Diaries

As if it weren't bad enough that Owen finds Natalie's one-time death wish intriguing, she herself paints her swan-dive as liberating.

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Stalag 17: Special Collector’s Edition (1952)

This is a Billy Wilder movie, so there's a darker side to the shenanigans, but it's also a post-war Hollywood blockbuster.

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5 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Bee Season (2005)

Suffused with loss and longing, Bee Season is often graceful and moving.

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5 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Sonic Youth: Sonic Youth

Three reminders of the multiple ways that Sonic Youth has played around with popular music over the last 25 years.

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3/4hasbeeneliminated: A Year of the Aural Gauge Operation

A strange, twisting, bizarre, memorable experience: when it finally stops spinning, you might just re-think what all music should sound like.

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The Leano: Steps to Leanoland

The Leano, an English rapper, fails to join the progressive hip-hop bandwagon with his dire debut album.

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5 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Casey Dienel: Wind-Up Canary

A debut album that dazzles with imagination, heart, and a style that's genuinely unique.

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Shooter Jennings: Electric Rodeo

Waylon's son ups the country quotient on Album #2, maintains the high quality and sense of humor

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