Reviews

30 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Bobo Stenson: Goodbye

A modern master of jazz piano plays against the ECM clichés to create another in a series of deep trio albums, this time with Paul Motian on drums.

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	The Rakes: Capture/Release / Retreat [EP]

The Rakes' pub crawl soundtrack on the Capture/Release UK album and the Retreat US EP reveal the 'it' band hype is somewhat unfounded.

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	The Paddingtons: First Comes First

If you found this Paddington in a British train station with a polite tag attached to it, you would probably decide to leave it rather than accept it into your quaint home.

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	LD & the New Criticism: Tragic Realism

If a cathartic set of silly breakup anthems that usually result in the death of one or more parties sounds like your cup of tea, LD is here to help.

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	Bloody Hollies: If Footmen Tire You…

They plug in their guitars, take a handful of time-tested garage, surf, and blues riffs and proceed to blow out the speakers for 30 glorious minutes.

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30 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Andrew Bird + Martin Dosh

A violin. A xylophone. A giant, curved phonograph horn. Looks like it's time for a concert by the Squirrel Nut Zippers' prodigal son.

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30 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Channel Frederator

These intentionally underdeveloped, short-short 'toons are as well suited for inclusion in a podcast as they are poorly prepared for inclusion in any other collection.

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30 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Continued by Piotr Sommer

Nearly every poem springs from/exists in the Relentlessly Everyday.

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30 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Naked (1993)

A hard movie, in the sense that it's difficult and also harsh, Naked is unsettling, often extremely funny and sometimes bizarrely brilliant.

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	Various Artists: Back Against the Wall

Ultimately, reproducing an icon like The Wall is a no-win situation: Perform the songs spot-on, and you lack creativity. Monkey with the material and you infuriate the faithful.

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29 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Cat Stevens: Gold

Stevens was once of the biggest, most beloved musical stars in the world. Gold, a new two-disc compilation of his work is a useful reminder of why that was.

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29 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Jenny Scheinman: 12 Songs

The Americana/jazz violinist performs a perfect dozen miniatures with a perfectly modulated chamber septet.

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29 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Slipknot: 9.0 Live

The world's angriest band gets the double live treatment, with very intense results.

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29 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Jan Jelinek: Kosmischer Pitch

Tired of cold, repressed minimalism? Step into a lush album where sounds might not be what they seem.

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	The Joggers: With a Cape and a Cane

The latest from the Joggers stands as the epitome of indie, which somehow renders it inessential.

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29 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Fall: Fall Heads Roll

Punk's last lone standing band of any repute returns with an infectious record that secures their certain doom.

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	Dead Kennedys: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (Special 25th Anniversary Edition)

So maybe Jello Biafra wants nothing to do with this release -- his presence is still felt, all over this newest version of the classic, brilliant, first Dead Kennedys album. Accept no imitations.

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	Cradle of Filth: Peace Through Superior Firepower [DVD]

A deliciously eee-vil black metal bacchanal. Just in time for the Holidays, kids!"

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29 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Comic book publishers have had to walk the delicate balance of paying back loyal fans for their years of devotion by giving a nod to history while not alienating new readers with too much of a focus on years of continuity.

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29 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Speak Now by Kaylie Jones

The novel suggests that, if not faced -- if only medicated away, as both Clara and Mark have been wont to do -- shadows of the past will permeate the present.

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