Reviews

8 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

Blow Out: Season Two

Jonathan constructs himself as part Everyman, part tough businessman, part amalgam of various movie stars.

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The Bob Newhart Show: The Complete First Season

The Bob Newhart Show manages to rise above generic formulas.

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8 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress by Susan Jane Gilman

If one can gain anything from Hypocrite, it is perhaps that everyday occurrences can be just as meaningful and life-shaping as depressive hardships -- and absolutely make for a far superior read.

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	Graham Parker: Songs of No Consequence

Legendary rock 'n' roller joins forces with the Figgs to strut and stroll through a dozen songs of sarcasm-laced pub rock.

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	Mercury Rev: The Secret Migration

This sixth album from Mercury Rev is the band's best and most lucid outing to date. The Secret Migration is pure psychedelic pop bliss.

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7 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Ffa Coffi Pawb: Am Byth

Pre-Super Furry Animals and Gorky's Zygotic Mynci group's hard-to-find catalog is collected here: the Welsh answer to the Stone Roses. The only difference being that its parts were later greater than the original sum.

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7 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Concrete Blonde: The Essential

I could talk all day about record companies shit-shoveling compilations into the marketplace. But the bottom line is that this new Concrete Blonde compilation refuses to leave the CD player.

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7 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Björk: Army of Me

Although she's known for making a big splash, Björk earns her stripes one at a time in the world of philanthropy.

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7 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Black Eyed Peas: Monkey Business

'Don't Phunk with My Heart' suffers from the two major problems that plague The Black Eyed Peas on this record: unimpressive rapping and, surprisingly for this erstwhile socially conscious hip hop troupe, a distinct lack of substance.

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Thanks to the G3 tour, these guitarists will continue to open doors and inspire guitarists around the world by using undiscovered colors to paint on our canvases.

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7 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

Queer Eye

What's not fun about watching grown, ostensibly macho men suffer back and neck waxes?

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Richard Pryor: Stand-Up (2005)

More than anything else, Richard Pryor was a confessional artist whose monologues derived from his own chaotic and frequently self-destructive life, Brother Richard testifying from the lip of the abyss.

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	Sloan: A Sides Win - Singles 1992-2005

The band's greatest albums may not even match the best of The New Pornographers or Teenage Fanclub, but narrow the competition down to singles and they've got at least a puncher's chance.

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6 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Keith Jarrett: Radiance

Radiance is unique in this venerable line of concert recordings, and reestablishes Mr. Jarrett as one of the few truly gigantic talents in modern jazz.

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	Gomez: Out West

Something old, something blue, something borrowed, but nothing new. If you don't know Gomez then this live double album was meant for you.

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6 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	!!!: Take Ecstasy With Me/Get Up

Standing on the fringe of a flock of indie rockers who would rather dance than shoe-gaze, the latest experimental single from the always emphatic !!! shows them moving toward two possible futures, both salacious and audacious (oh, yeah, and you can dance to it)!!!"

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6 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Cex: Know Doubt

Rjyan Kidwell sounds confused. Sometimes it makes for good listening. Mostly, though, it's kind of boring.

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A downward spiral?. Reznor, is finally putting the demons of perfectionism and substance-abuse to bed, and that's not an entirely good thing.

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6 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

Desperate Housewives

I'm stunned that Wisteria Lane is rife with homicidal nut-jobs and no one seems to care.

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6 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

Food Force

Unlike Carmen Sandiego and America's Army, Food Force makes no effort to disguise its message.

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