Reviews

26 Oct 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Q and Not U: Power

Over the past five years, Q and Not U have taken the trademark sound of their D.C. label Dischord, which for years has specialized

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	Oscar Peterson / Herb Ellis / Ray Brown / Bobby Durham: The Legendary Oscar Peterson Trio: Live at

The last time I reviewed this trio there were only three of them; one of them was about to depart the ensemble and the third

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	Positive Flow: Can U Feel It?

I’ve been sitting on this disc for far longer than I should. I’ve listened to it many times, trying desperately to develop some

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	Bruce Hornsby: Halcyon Days

When Bruce Hornsby came to the forefront in the mid-‘80s with his roots pop sound, few could’ve imagined that he would have been

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	Calexico: World Drifts In—Live at the Barbican London [DVD]

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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Leonard Cohen: Dear Heather

After 36 years of songwriting, and despite taking his own sweet time between albums, Cohen continues to write and record with a startling consistency, and Dear Heather, his most complex and adventurous record to date, is no exception.

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	Tøyen: Did You Bring Me on National Television to Tell Me This Too?

Recorded entirely on a Sony Playstation, these Norwegians have created their own very distinct universe of immaculately defined composition, which reveals many multifaceted layers of satisfying complexity.

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	R.E.M.: Life’s Rich Pageant

If history is a river, than the lives we lead are cracks in the sandstone foundation. Eddies and raindrops wear down the rock until great

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	The Moore Brothers: Now Is the Time for Love

The Moore Brothers were discovered on the side of the road, or so the story goes, by Pavement person Scott Kannberg. Due to the duo’

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	Death From Above 1979: You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine

You’re standing in line outside a club on a crisp autumn night, wondering why the queue isn’t moving any faster. By the time

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25 Oct 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Branches: self-titled

Pavement reminds me of a young Branches, having a ball, mixing it up, scrapping and yelling. I’m loving every minute spent with this damn

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25 Oct 2004 // 10:00 PM

	The Beatnuts: Milk Me

Once upon a time, the Beatnuts were pretty good. Les and Juju engendered the best and worst of New York hip-hop by typifying the ultra-conventional

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	Afrika Bambaataa: Dark Matter Moving at the Speed of Light

Some legends never die. They just embarrass themselves. Fortunately, there’s nothing at all embarrassing about Dark Matter Moving at the Speed of Light, the

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	Action Action: Don’t Cut Your Fabric to This Year’s Fashion

You can see them coming from a mile away. The salon-cut hair combed forward; one of them is wearing a suit jacket with a t-shirt

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	Various Artists: For the Lady

The cause of international human rights deserves better than this.

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There and Back Again: An Actor’s Tale by Sean Astin with Joe Layden

Astin's list of gripes is a Mordor-mile long, and his new book gives him the ideal opportunity to repeatedly voice each and every one of them.

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25 Oct 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates

The close-knit family psycho-drama that the author intends simply loses its purpose as its scope is blown out of proportion to match the massive scenery of Niagara Falls.

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25 Oct 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Darling by Russell Banks

The novel reads as if every next page will contain some major revelation to provide the right connections between these characters and elements. It's an expectation that goes unfulfilled even in the last sentence.

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24 Oct 2004 // 10:00 PM

Phoenix: Alphabetical

Ahh, the hipster lifestyle album. It’s a valuable tool in the arsenal, and no discerning music fan should be without a few of them. At its best the genre can boast such classics as Air’s Moon Safari and Stereolab’s Emperor Tomato Ketchup, but ultimately it’s an empty endeavor, its sheer ephemerality being its downfall.

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24 Oct 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Pig Destroyer: Terrifyer

For some, grindcore is a bit of an acquired taste, but for many others, it’s so difficult to get into, it hardly seems worth

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