Reviews

24 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Hebrew Hammer (2003)

The Hammer remains confused and conflicted, almost apologetic for who he is.

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24 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

Alexander (2004)

Though Olympias is unbeatably charismatic (and plain fun amid all the drearily inclined boys), the film takes a typically Stonian approach to the evil woman.

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23 Nov 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Snoop Dogg: R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece

To say that Snoop Dogg has merely influenced the popular consciousness does him a great injustice. From his role as a purveyor of street slang to neo-blaxploitation actor, Snoop has infiltrated the zeitgeist.

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	The Silos: When the Telephone Rings

The Silos have been making great rock and roll for going on 20 years. The band formed in 1985 in Gainesville, Florida, released two independent discs (including

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23 Nov 2004 // 11:00 PM

	The Microphones/Little Wings: Wise Old Little Boy [DVD]

Intimacy. Ever since the heyday of the Beat Happening, this quality has thoroughly permeated much of the underground music of the Pacific Northwest. From the

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	Migala: La Increíble Aventura

Migala just isn’t going anywhere, but they’re doing it in high style. I guess that’s the point. I really liked Arde, where

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23 Nov 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Le Tigre: This Island

Smart and sexy, political and provocative, Le Tigre is the best and brightest of feminist rock.

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	Kid Dakota: The West Is the Future

Darren Jackson's opus is at times as flawed and messy as the philosophy of expansion it critiques, yet it manages to succeed as often as not.

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23 Nov 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Brian Eno: Discreet Music

By now, the story is legendary. In 1975, Brian Eno, the man whose young career already had more than enough innovation, daring, and radiant genius to

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23 Nov 2004 // 11:00 PM

	DJ Cam: Liquid Hip-hop

In an effort most worthy of discussion for 2004’s “Best Of, but Barely Mentioned” lists, DJ Cam achieves every goal of the successful DJ record

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23 Nov 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Camera Obscura: Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi

Listening to Camera Obscura is pure effortless fun. They’re a band content with not making you work for it. Pop the CD in and

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Ray Charles: Live in Concert with the Edmonton Symphony [DVD]

Fans looking for footage of his incendiary R&B will need to look elsewhere. However, Live in Concert is a pleasant trip to the crisp, seasoned concerts Charles gave in the latter part of his life.

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	Autistic Daughters: Jealousy and Diamond

Sometimes you get some really freakin’ weird albums in the mail that, after the first eight seconds, you look at the clock and realize it

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23 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

Stilted '80's confectionary leaves punter wondering: in the province of the amateur, can anyone be king?

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This is what childbirth must feel like... from the baby's point of view. A hard-earned evening in Paris.

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23 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

Bayou Ambassadors proclaim: 'A Cajun man is happy if he has a jug in one hand and a cup in the other.' Who isn't?

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The pit is calling. Will you return? Ruminations on a cyclical search for purity in punk rock.

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	U2: How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

Unlike so many of their younger peers, U2 aren't writing protest music. They also aren't trying to shift musical paradigms. Instead, they're writing pop songs for a large and expectant public (a populist step in its own right).

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22 Nov 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Pearl Jam: Rearview Mirror

This compilation is the '90s, captured in 33 songs, and it's an enjoyable ride.

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22 Nov 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Mase: Welcome Back

When we last heard from Mase, he was in a bad, bad way. His sophomore album had flopped critically (no big deal; heads would never

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