Reviews

16 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Xiu Xiu: Life and Live

Xiu Xiu flourishes as it wades through layers of childish cries with unabashedly candid mutterings and confrontational arrangements.

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	Teddy Wilson: Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz

Musical father to hundreds of jazz pianists; once truly great, very prominent figure in breaking down the public color bar; Teddy Wilson became another, lesser pianist from whom only circumstances like this brought anything special.

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	Josh Kelley: Almost Honest

Josh Kelley takes the best of some polished pop bands like Maroon 5, but brings it into the realm of Marc Cohn and Chris Isaak at times.

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16 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	George Harrison and Friends: The Concert for Bangladesh [DVD]

Shortly after The Beatles broke up, George Harrison got a group of musicians together and tried to help some of the world's neediest citizens. Harrison succeeded in hosting a pretty good rock concert that reveals the spirit of an earlier era when anything seemed possible.

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	The Everybodyfields: Plague of Dreams

Close your eyes, and Quinn and Andrews' keening, close harmonies will transport you to the late 1940s, to that blissful world of battery radios before the Nashville Sound came and sanded the edges off country music.

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	Digable Planets: Beyond the Spectrum: The Creamy Spy Chronicles

Greatest hits and a few remixes and oddities from the hippie-hop trio that briefly defined a brand of kinder, gentler rap.

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16 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Kate Bush: Aerial

Twelve years is a long time, but Bush's latest shows that she's still one of the most unique artists out there.

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16 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	As Mercenarias: The Beginning of the End of the World

As Mercenarias dedicated themselves to making punk music in a climate where their dissent was particularly relevant. Most importantly, however, the music still stands up.

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16 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

The West Wing

There are growing overlaps between politics, news, and entertainment. Hard news has taken a back seat to feature journalism and talk shows, real politics to realpolitik.

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Last of the Cold War Spies: The Life of Michael Straight by Roland Perry

There is no smoking gun, so Perry examines each phase of Straight's life and sees dastardly deeds wherever he treads.

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The Fly (Collector’s Edition) / The Fly II (Special Edition) (1986/1989)

Timeless terror needs more than goop and glop. Only one Fly film even tried to get it right.

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	Various Artists: Wu-Tang Meets the Indie Culture

The Killer Bees meet some of what keeps the underground buzzing these days, and the flows run thicker than blood.

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	Various Artists: Def Jazz

Happy music, synthesizer-based with several efficient soloists, a good guitar soloist on a couple of tracks, and on another two or three tracks a couple of people showing what better music is. This is hip-hop's silver jubilee?"

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	3 Fox Drive: Listen to the Music

Kim Fox's songs on Listen to the Music are little literary gems.

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	The Ribeye Brothers: Bar Ballads… and Cautionary Tales

Honky-tonkin' psychedelic rock? Oh yes, boys and girls! And how these former Monster Magnets do it is priceless.

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	The Mars Volta: Scab Dates

When these proggers go live, fans will love it and the haters will hate.

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	King Britt: Late Night with King Britt

Nu-soul renaissance man returns to one of his strengths: perfectly-produced, soulful/sensual dance music.

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	Gogogo Airheart: Rats! Sing! Sing!

We get some groovy three-chord post-punk, some phoned-in dub, and a few comical cartwheels into garagetown.

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15 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Glister: Be There Soon

Glister call themselves the galaxy's 'most hypnotic rock band'. Maybe they should qualify that statement.

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	Alice Cooper: Good to See You Again, Alice Cooper [DVD]

It's good to see you again too, Alice, but we'd much rather see you rock out than joke around.

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