Reviews

20 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Viva K: Viva K

Electro-dance-rock outfit make the most of a record that recalls Blondie, some art rock units and a new band with the initials FF. No, not the Foo Fighters...

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	Matt Pond PA: Several Arrows Later

A middle of the road batch of well-constructed pop songs that will disappear in a puff of musical notes seconds after they're played.

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	Jesus Jones: Live at the Marquee [DVD]

Jesus Jones delivers a live show/interview combo that's sure to please the hardcore fans, but just as sure to alienate everyone else.

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	Johnny Society: Coming to Get You

A CD that sounds like bar band classic rock. Only it ain't classic, and the rocking ability is hidden under labored lyrics.

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	Nachito Herrera: Bembé en Mi Casa

Herrera played Rachmaninov in his native Cuba, and these days he plays virtuoso Cuban in his adopted Minnesota. Omnivorous, over-versatile, on occasion overbearing -- with plush booklet on the overdone side.

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	Peter Gabriel: Still Growing Up Live & Unwrapped [DVD]

One of the toughest things about growing older is watching your heroes age with you, especially when they age poorly.

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	Karl Broadie: Nowhere, Now Here

Far removed from his Down Under homeland of beer, footy, and Vegemite, Karl Broadie has actually crafted one of the finer examples of Americana of the past few years.

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	Acid Mothers Temple & the Cosmic Inferno: Iao Chant from the Cosmic Inferno

For those uninitiated into the world of these prolific Japanese space-rockers, Iao Chant... is as decent a place as any to start; but if you proceed, do so with incredible caution.

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18 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Soul Asylum

's return. What?!?!? Really? Yeah, it's called analysis...

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Is Bill Cosby Right? Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind? by Michael Eric Dyson

I admit I never saw Cliff and Claire attending a 'Free Mumia Abu Jamal' rally. But, then again, I never saw JJ, Re-Run, or Lionel out fighting for the cause of freedom either.

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18 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Walk the Line (2005)

John R. Cash (Joaquin Phoenix) is a hard-drinking, drug-abusing, soul-searching, all-black-wearing, June-Carter-loving man.

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

It is sad, though perhaps 'realistic,' that the lesson of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is that all institutions and authority, Good or Evil, are corrupt.

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	Various Artists: Freude-Am-Tanzen: Compilation 1

Freude-Am-Tanzen represents a slightly more pop-oriented application of the same minimal techno aesthetic that made Kompakt so succesful.

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17 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Bobby Womack: Soul Seduction Supreme [DVD]

Sex and soul music; Bobby Womack gives the English a lesson in seduction, American style.

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	Snowglobe: Doing the Distance

Indulge your inner child and satisfy your outer adult with Snowglobe's ever-shifting pop rock.

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	Skinny Puppy: The Greater Wrong of the Right Live [DVD]

The Greater Wrong of the Right Live is a truly astounding look at the Skinny Puppy live experience.

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17 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Speedy: Nueva Generación

Is Speedy the greatest talent in reggaetón? No; that would probably be Daddy Yankee or Tego Calderón. But neither of those two have

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	The Life and Times: Suburban Hymns

This is what real 'alternative music' sounds like.

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	Lady Sovereign: Vertically Challenged

Feminem? M.I.A. in a cheeky kinda way? Ch-ching go the banks, but S-O-V gets the last laugh. All told in a letter from one concerned Blahberian.

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	Jens Lekman: Oh, You’re So Silent Jens

The latest collection of previously released songs by the prodigious Swede features some of his best material so far.

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