Reviews

19 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Saying that it is possible to leave a Castanets show in bewilderment is something of an understatement.

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19 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

The 70s House

If MTV wanted the kids to experience the '70s, they would have to endure gas rationing and news reports dominated by a Constitutional crisis.

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Tetsuo: The Iron Man - Collector’s Edition (1988)

It's porn of a particular sort, less arousing than hideous, but improbably, grimly titillating all the same.

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19 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Ice Princess (2005)

Corny as it must be, Ice Princess is substantially bolstered by Trachtenberg's appealing mix of eagerness and grace.

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	Various Artists: Little Darla Has a Treat For You (Volume 23, Summer 2005)

Pleasing some of the people some of the time, just like good label compilations do.

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	Various Artists: Songs from the Underground: NYC Subway

Trying hard to deliver, Songs from the Underground provides a platform for musically diverse NYC buskers to showcase talent that might not otherwise be heard if you weren't a commuter.

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18 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Michael Shelley: Goodbye Cheater

A 14-track-in-33-minute controlled dose of a fantastically competent songwriter's plain and simple tunes, pint of ice cream not included.

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	Radio Massacre International: Emissaries

Despite the unlikely name, RMI play improvisational ambient electronic music, otherwise known as 'space music'. If you're having trouble envisioning what I'm describing, just think of Brian Eno.

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18 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Jorane: The You and the Now

The combination of earthy, supple cello and ethereal female soprano is inspired and effective.

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	Flatt & Scruggs: Foggy Mountain Jamboree / Foggy Mountain Gospel

Hours of bluegrass, country, and gospel from one of the 20th century's most important musical duos, reissued with thought and care for all y'all.

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	Tinsley Ellis: Live! Highwayman

The blues recorded is only one-upped by the blues live. And the blues live is only one-upped by a few blues guitarists out there. Tinsley Ellis is one of 'em.

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Eminem: The Anger Management Tour [DVD]

Performances like this are the reason people get hooked on caffeine pills. You'll need a box just to stay awake.

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	Billy Corgan: The Future Embrace

The curious incident of the bored rock star and his first solo album.

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18 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

'I'm off to get wankered!' and other declarations from a welcome return to Philly...

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Laguna Beach: The Complete First Season

Coming after The O.C., and before that, Beverly Hills, 90210, Laguna Beach seems all too familiar.

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NBA

18 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

NBA

Basketball is a game of improvisation within a complex, flowing swirl of bodies; NBA's computer-controlled players, however, are ignorant of this.

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18 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Andy Milonakis Show

This show demonstrates again that in this age of reality TV, anyone can be a celebrity.

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18 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

10:01 by Lance Olsen

Imagine if Ulysses had began with a paragraph like this: 'Leopold Bloom wondered what it would be life if the sum total of the verisimilitude of life and living could be summed up metaphorically in one day, quite coincidentally shaped to provide allegorical parallels to Homer's Odyssey.'"

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18 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Be Cool (2005)

The John Travolta movie starts off on the wrong foot and proceeds downwards.

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17 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Erik Truffaz: Saloua

Erik Truffaz has often been compared to Miles Davis. I think that he wants to be Miles Davis, just as I suppose every jazz trumpet player does. Truffaz could come closer than any of his contemporaries, however.

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The Sound and the Warmth: An Interview with Cardiknox

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"New York's Cardiknox are taking more steps in their goal of world domination. With their debut record Portrait out, the band are dreaming big, wanting to transcend the indie pop scene.

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