Reviews

9 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	Landing: Brocade

Landing cut the tightrope they've been walking between song and space, and rocket off into galaxies far, far away.

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9 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	Cyndi Lauper: The Body Acoustic

If you take a 52-year-old former '80s pop star and strip away her huge production values, is there anything left?"

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9 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

Kano: Home Sweet Home

Ah, those witty Brits. Jabs aside: Kano's album is ridiculously good.

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9 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	The 88: Over and Over

Sophomore record by L.A. pop quintet bolsters the band's charm with some pliant brawn.

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9 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	Cabruêra: Proibido Cochilar

Brazil's Cabruêra offers up an eccentric mishmash of their country's traditional musics (samba, forró, coco) with rock, jazz, hip-hop, and electronic music.

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9 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Rollergirls

If the boldest thing you do all week is a little unauthorised web surfing from your corporate cubicle, then you should celebrate the Lonestar Rollergirls and their refusal to renounce violence or dress appropriately.

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The Amazing Race: The Seventh Season

The Amazing Race focuses on couples, sometimes sensationalizing 'negative' interactions, then absolves itself of ethical responsibilities by asserting its 'documentary' status.

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100 Posters, 134 Squirrels: A Decade of Hot Dogs, Large Mammals, and Independent Rock: The Handcraft

Jay Ryan's decade of rock-postering has produced some superb and arresting work.

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9 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Brothers Grimm (2005)

'This is why I love DVDs,' says Terry Gilliam. 'I can completely destroy the illusion of my film.'"

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	Various Artists: Soulsearching - The Compost Radio Show

Michael Rütten burns his popular radio show to disc, and the result is an ultra-cool mix of soul, jazz, funk, dance, and emotion.

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	We Are Scientists: With Love and Squalor

As another voice in the suddenly crowded milieu of retro-minded indie rock bands, We Are Scientists debut with an album that's strong for the scene, even if that scene may not survive much longer.

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	Static: Re: Talking About Memories

Hanno Leichtmann -- the man behind Static -- is an expert at unpacking deceptively complex sounds to laudible effect.

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	Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstars: Carnival Conspiracy

Frank London and his Klezmer Brass Allstars marry klezmer music with carnival exuberance, farting, fruity tubas, Rabelais, and shouts of ah-ha!"

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	Lucy Kaplansky: The Tide

Remastered and re-released after 11 years and four increasingly successful albums, The Tide gives us all a chance to re-evaluate Kaplansky's work.

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	Jackie-O-Motherfucker: Flags of the Sacred Harp

Someone should be making this music: it reminds us where we came from, and why it still matters.

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	Hot Karl: The Great Escape

Hot Karl is a white-rapper from the suburbs with a kitschy name, and doesn't fit the image mainstream rap is presenting right now, or likely will any time in the future.

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	The Eagles: Eagles - Farewell 1 Tour - Live From Melbourne [DVD]

The Eagles may not be traveling in the fast lane any longer, but there are still a lot of good miles left on this sturdy winged vehicle.

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6 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

PopMatters Comic Book Review -- Jeremy Estes and Neil Kenyon review Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's new take on DC's most iconic character.

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6 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

PopMatters Comic Book Review -- Jeremy Estes and Neil Kenyon review Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's new take on DC's most iconic character.

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6 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

PopMatters Comic Book Review -- Morrison and Quitely pay homage to the classic tales of Superman but at the same time show us that we are entering new territory.

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