Reviews

13 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Kicking & Screaming (2005)

Mike Ditka has the most fun here, announcing to his young charges, 'I eat quitters for breakfast and I spit out their bones.'"

READ more

13 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Bullet Boy (2004)

Bullet Boy begins by the stylized violence book: a boy, locked in the boot of a moving car, uses a key-ring torch to get an idea of his surroundings.

READ more
	Ben Folds: Songs for Silverman

A disarmingly mature Ben Folds imparts his nuggets of easily digestible wisdom on the masses. The masses shrug.

READ more

12 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

BZFlag

The rudiments of the game are very simple: drive the tank, line up enemy tanks in the crosshairs, and fire the cannon.

READ more
The Partisans of Vilna (1986) - PopMatters Film Review
)

The Partisans of Vilna allows viewers to enter the Vilna ghetto and the lives of its youthful defenders.

READ more
	Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Dub

Men with funny names and sound effects, changing the world. The one dub CD every music fan should own.

READ more
	Zion I: True & Livin’

Third coming of Oakland duo serves up an accomplished spread for the heart and head. Revolution not included in tin instructions, but not really missed, either.

READ more
	Sonny Stitt: It’s Magic

One of the great saxophonists at his most easily lyrical, with a sensitive bebop organist. The performance could be called undemanding, but also both unusually relaxed and exceptionally relaxing.

READ more

11 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Spoon: Gimme Fiction

Fifth full-length from Austin indie luminary is, simply put, a triumph.

READ more
	Silvercord: Chasing Broken Shadows [EP]

Minimalist drone dream music: it's psychedelic, it's cinematic, it's very, very calm. It's also surprisingly good.

READ more

11 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Reverb: Swirl

Depending on how you look at it, Reverb were either 10 years too late or 10 years too early. Swirl compiles the band's entire discography to give them a much deserved second look.

READ more

11 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Perishers: Sway

The Perishers are just a rock band that plays rock music that doesn't try anything innovative or revolutionary. Sometimes, if you're skilled enough, that's all it takes.

READ more

11 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Minus Story: Heaven and Hell

Noted purveyors of trademark 'wall of crap' sound tone things down a bit, bringing a welcome restraint to this 5-song outing.

READ more

11 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Jefferson Airplane: The Essential Jefferson Airplane

Another Jefferson Airplane compilation that dumps all the usual suspects on the fans once again. Surprised?"

READ more
	The Hold Steady: Separation Sunday

Breathless music with a dark edge: isn't that how everyone likes their true blue rock 'n' roll?"

READ more
	Gibby Haynes and His Problem: self-titled

Butthole Surfer Gibby Haynes's Problem? His shtick doesn't work quite as well without Paul Leary's guitars.

READ more
	Gerry and the Pacemakers: Filmed Live at the Pavilion Theater, Glasgow [DVD]

Old Liverpudlians never die; they just keep playing songs from their back catalog until their voice finally gives out.

READ more

11 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Fire Apes: Central Park Carousel

The latest Britpop invasion comes from South Carolina. The Fire Apes serve up catchy 1960s-style jangle pop with subtle literary allusions in their lyrics.

READ more

11 May 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Cheb i Sabbah: La Kahena

Music you can trance to: swirling and seductive North African music with a hypnotic dance beat and an ancient soul.

READ more
	Busdriver: Fear of a Black Tangent

You're standing at a bus stop. The bus is late, and when it pulls up, the driver looks a little freaked-out and is blasting some bastardized, neo-prog rap. Question: Are you on or off?"

READ more
More Recent Reviews
//Mixed media
//Blogs

It's Okay to Ask for Help in 'The Witness'

// Moving Pixels

"Looking up a solution isn't a sin. The only sin is not understanding that solution when you do.

READ the article