Reviews

28 Oct 2004 // 10:00 PM

	IQU: Sun Q

The latest record from Seattle duo IQU opens up with sunny brilliance. It is fitting that the first song is entitled “Under the Cherry Blossom”,

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	Duke Ellington: Centennial Collection

This is a fair sample of Ellington, planned not blind (or deaf?) just by choosing standard items of repertoire in any old performance, but presenting

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28 Oct 2004 // 10:00 PM

	The Blue Nile: High

The Blue Nile has managed to build an unassailable career by being selective about what they record, and even more selective about what they eventually release.

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	Apostle of Hustle: Folkloric Feel

It's preposterous that the same press machine that hailed Broken Social Scene has yet to jump all over Apostle of Hustle with a similar passion. Simply put, to miss out on Folkloric Feel would be to miss out on some of the most extraordinary sounds of the year.

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	Various Artists: Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster

Her doorbell plays a bar of Stephen Foster. —From the Silver Jews’ song “Tennessee” by David Berman Like postage stamps and currency, you don’t

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	Swell Maps: A Trip to Marineville / Jane from Occupied Europe

Cacophonous and anarchic, imbued with an insular irony, and inspired equally by punk primitivism and Krautrock experimentalism, the Swell Maps pioneered a hyperintelligent yet unforgivingly

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	Chuck Prophet: Age of Miracles

Chuck Prophet is a reliable talent, as comfortable and effortless as an old pair of boots. He’s the songwriter you can turn your friends

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27 Oct 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Mos Def: The New Danger

Mos Def's desire to expand the boundaries of hip-hop is admirable, but The New Danger too often feels like it's taking hip-hop backwards, not forwards.

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	Bob Marley & The Wailers: Soul Revolution Part II / Upsetter Revolution Rhythm

Appearing in Jamiaca in 1971, Soul Revolution Part II is a sequel of sorts to 1970’s Soul Rebels. Both albums were culled from Marley & The

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	Buddy Miller: Universal United House of Prayer

They don’t come any better than Buddy Miller, they just don’t. If you look at who Miller has worked with, aside from his

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	Coleman Hawkins: Centennial Collection

Unlike other jazzmen represented for well or ill in this series, Coleman Hawkins really had no extensive or valuable connection with RCA/Victor Records. He

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27 Oct 2004 // 12:00 AM

In November of 2002 just months before the release of Feast of Wire, their exquisite 2003 album, Calexico performed in London as part of the Further Beyond

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Lost in Space: Season 2, Vol. 1

In Season Two, dialogue is no longer inventive and intense, but oddly comic, suggesting that everyone involved in the shoddy space stories, even the badly costumed creatures, are in on the gag.

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27 Oct 2004 // 12:00 AM

Broadway: The American Musical

Even if it sometimes fails to give powerful figures their full due, Broadway: The American Musical offers an outstanding overview of a decidedly American art form.

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27 Oct 2004 // 12:00 AM

Straw Dogs (2004)

Perhaps David's decision is heroic, given the circumstances, but the accumulated images of his passivity remind the viewer that better choices.

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27 Oct 2004 // 12:00 AM

Love Me If You Dare (2004)

The violence of their romance is striking, sometimes moving, and always disturbing, even as metaphor.

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Friday the 13th: From Crystal Lake to Manhattan (1980-1989)

Like most slasher movie monsters, Jason's a victim as much as a killer, driven to express his rage in the only way he can.

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The Fairly Oddparents: Channel Chasers (2004)

The Fairly Oddparents is damn funny, primarily because creator Butch Hartman speaks in a rapid patter of pop culture references.

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27 Oct 2004 // 12:00 AM

Deadline (2004)

Watching the families of both the victims and the prisoners grapple with the enormity of their losses can be torturous.

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Breakin’ All the Rules: Special Edition (2004)

All rules of attraction and self-definition are just off when it comes to the utterly beautiful and notoriously nice Chestnut.

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