Reviews

14 Sep 2004 // 10:00 PM

	The Calling: II

“If I could turn back time…” Oops, sorry, just remembering it was 4,213 times that I heard the Calling’s “Wherever You Will Go.” Yep, give

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14 Sep 2004 // 12:00 AM

Wake Up, Sir! by Jonathan Ames

Blair is an endearingly unsuccessful human being -- and writer-- out to craft the Great New Jersey Novel, thinking the Great American Novel beyond his reach.

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14 Sep 2004 // 12:00 AM

So What!  The Good, The Mad, and The Ugly by Steffan Chirazi

Unvarnished, revealing, annoying, inspiring, and illuminating, the voices of Metallica in this book reach far beyond Hetfield's usual growl on his vocal recordings.

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Some of My Best Friends: Writings on Interracial Friendships by Emily Bernard

It is a pressure cooker situation. Many of the essays are filled with anger, resentment, confusion, misunderstanding, and contradictions.

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How I Paid For College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship and Musical Theater by Marc Acito

Marc Acito, who has been called the 'gay Dave Barry,' understands sexual confusion and explores it subtly and lightly, avoiding a heavy-handed approach.

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	Various Artists: Simply Good Music - Volume One

Giant Step was founded in 1990 as an underground club date. In the ensuing 15 years the company has spread its branches throughout the fabric of modern

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	The Pretty Things: Come See Me: The Very Best of the Pretty Things

The Pretty Things deserve a more prominent place in British rock-and-roll history than they seem to have won. The band started with a bang—a

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	Harlem Zip Code: Colour World Soul

Forty years ago, “It has a good beat and you can dance to it” was the highest praise a piece of pop music could receive.

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Guided by Voices: Half Smiles of the Decomposed

Half Smiles of the Decomposed feels like Pollard making peace with GBV’s legacy and taking steps in the direction of progress and reinvention.

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13 Sep 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Damageplan: New Found Power

Damageplan’s modus operandi appears to be “ass-kicking”. The band members don’t talk about much else. Seriously, they’re all about kicking ass. Musically,

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	Carla Bley / Steve Swallow / Andy Sheppard / Billy Drummond: The Lost Chords

This is a very nice set by Carla Bley’s working quartet, with the mellow-toned and eloquent English tenor (and sometimes soprano) saxophonist Andy Sheppard,

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	Afroman: Afroholic: The Even Better Times

He’s not as funny as he thinks he is, and there’s not much to Joseph “Afroman” Foreman except his sense of humor. He’

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13 Sep 2004 // 12:00 AM

Sex and the City

You never see the sex on TBS, whereas HBO promised at least one very racy, very explicit (simulated) sex scene per episode.

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13 Sep 2004 // 12:00 AM

Medical Investigation

The show goes to predictable lengths to reveal the costs of Dr. Connor's heroic dedication.

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13 Sep 2004 // 12:00 AM

Joey

LeBlanc makes us believe that Joey has grown up a little since we last saw him, while providing fans with old-school Joey moments.

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13 Sep 2004 // 12:00 AM

Jack & Bobby

The structure of Jack & Bobby is more ambitious and convoluted than most teen fare, investing its heroes with a historical weight and grandeur, even if that history is fictional.

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	Various Artists: Acid Classics

Remember when dance music was exhilarating and innovative? Remember when it was still a cultural presence? Remember those days? One reason for the sharp decline

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12 Sep 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Van Hunt: self-titled

That good old-fashioned soul music, along with a few mid-tempo grooves and the talent to write, sing, play and produce his debut make Van Hunt

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12 Sep 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Silkworm: It’ll Be Cool

Being around for 15 years and nine proper albums has its advantages. For instance, you no longer have to deal with expectations. No one’s gonna

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	Johnathan Rice: Trouble Is Real

“I began a long process of recording the tunes I had been writing for over the past year or so,” Johnathan Rice says in the

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