Reviews

12 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Alias

Syd is back inside, mad and sad, insolent and exposed, a soap star with a body count.

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	Brandon Wiard: Painting a Burning Building

Brandon Wiard's schizophrenic musical genius is given full range here, from glorious pop pastiche to trailblazing eclecticism.

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	Weapon of Choice: Color Me Funky

Weapon of Choice is the loud, arrogant guy at the party trying to convince everyone that he's the man, and that everyone else had better respect.

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	Massive Attack: Danny the Dog: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Blue Lines was said to be the soundtrack for a generation of British youth. After that, the soundtrack for this Luc Besson movie is a bit of disappointment -- albeit one studded with gems.

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	Luiz Gayotto: Fragmentos de Música Livre e Espontânea

Luiz Gayotto is a huge talent; large stretches of this record sound as weird/cool as anything Brian Eno did in the 1970s.

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	Dogs Die in Hot Cars: Please Describe Yourself

There are a few unavoidable observations regarding Dogs Die in Hot Cars that I must immediately address: 1. The band may hail from Glasgow, Scotland, but

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11 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Codeseven: Dancing Echoes/Dead Sounds

Codeseven opted to scratch their so-so hardcore sound in hopes of finding a style in which they might stand out.

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11 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Beatles: The Capitol Albums, Vol. 1

They are the greatest pop culture phenomenon of our lifetime and the ongoing artistic touchstone for rock music. But by the 21st century, the Beatles have become synonymous with music industry greed; they are a cash cow milked annually for the progressively lactose-intolerant.

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11 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Aloha: Here Comes Everyone

Aloha take the technical precision of their odd time signatures, virtuoso playing and love of jazz, tempering the whole mix with a new found dedication to hook and melody.

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11 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Year is ‘42 by Nella Bielski

Bielski no doubt invokes Dostoevsky because he is literature's finest chronicler of the human conscience in revolt.

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Truth or Dare: A Book of Secrets Shared by Justine Picardie

This is less about confession, and more about who these writers are and how they got that way.

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11 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Devil in the Details by Jennifer Traig

Traig paints a strangely colorful and flippant picture of a life with a host of serious mental and physical problems.

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The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film by Michael Ondaatje

Murch's example reveals how art is actively created through engagement with raw materials, which are transformed, for good or bad, into the stuff of dreams.

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	Various Artists: Nickodemus and Mariano Present Turntables on the Hudson: Fifth Anniversary Edition

Celebrating their fifth anniversary, Turntables on the Hudson organizers Nickodemus and Mariano compile a disc of hits that have moved the crowd over the years.

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	Brenda Russell: Between the Sun and the Moon

Brenda Russell tends to be slapped with the “one-hit wonder” label quicker than an NBA star is slapped with a paternity suit. Most people remember

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10 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Pinback: Summer in Abaddon

Much like Grandaddy, Pinback weave classic pop fodder into the modern machinery of mainframe technology and to generate a form of post modernism that's even alienated from alienation.

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10 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Devlins: Waves

Dubliners who create fine-tuned pop songs with echoing guitar notes, grand choruses, and more hooks than Velcro? Nope, this isn't U2 - just the Devlins, who prove that they can combine the catchy with the sublime.

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10 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Donovan: Beat Cafe

Beat Cafe is unquestionably the strongest album that Donovan has released since his '60s heyday.

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	Call Me Lightning: The Trouble We’re In

Call Me Lightning bring unchecked energy touched with a bit of madness to its debut that will have fans yelling 'We Be the Lightning!' in no time.

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	Blanche: If We Can’t Trust the Doctors…

Blanche is not yet a touchstone of the alt-country community, but it shows major promise as a potential bearer of folk fringe oddities.

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Blood and Thunder: Black Sabbath’s ‘Sabotage’ at 40

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"In 1975, with lawyers in the studio and a financial empire crumbling, Black Sabbath fought back with their last classic album of the decade.

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