Reviews

28 Nov 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Gwen Stefani: Love.Angel.Music.Baby.

With an open mind and a deep love for some of the best aspects of mainstream pop music from two distinct eras -- the late 1980s and the early '00s -- Stefani's almost science-fiction-like fusion of these disparate strands of supposedly hollow pop music can come off sounding like the greatest of artistic achievements.

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28 Nov 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Stiv Bators: Disconnected (Reissue)

Issued after the break-up of the Dead Boys and before his albums with the Wanderers and Lords of the New Church, Stiv Bators’s one

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	Mobb Deep: Americaz Nightmare

I prefer to blame the record industry for Mobb Deep’s malformed career. Judging from the living proof of the duo’s ability to whip

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	Alison Krauss and Union Station: Lonely Runs Both Ways

Alison Krauss has the voice of an angel. This phrase may sound so overblown that it becomes trite, but it is true.

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	Fela Kuti: Music Is the Weapon [DVD]

I can’t think of many musicians who’ve campaigned to create their own country, as Fela Kuti once did, to save his Lagos slum

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	Norah Jones and the Handsome Band: Live in 2004 [DVD]

The DVD serves as confirmation that, yes, Norah is Norah, and effectively drives home everything that has now become part of the 'Norah Package'. Quiet, withdrawn demeanor? Check. Slow, peaceful tunes? Check. Total control over a positively velvet voice? Check.

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	Harold Budd & Brian Eno: Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror

Evolving metaphors, in my opinion, is what artists do. They produce work that gives you the chance to experience in a safe environment, because nothing

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28 Nov 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Aqui: First Trip Out

AQUI is one of the most amazing rock bands I ever saw . . . see ‘em before their [sic] famous! —Tom Ritchford I cannot take advice from

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Taxi: The Complete First Season

If Alex is the dad, Louie is the drunk uncle who visits without calling first.

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24 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

SCTV Volume 2

The material shows how much the SCTV crew did not engage in either obvious parody or simple knee-jerk laughs.

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Arrested Development: Season One

Arrested Development is Bad Behavior writ large, and it is the most consistently funny half-hour to grace the Idiot Box in a long time.

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24 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties (2004)

A film that sheds light on discrimination and energetically calls for a re-evaluation of U.S. priorities.

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24 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

Roadgames (1981)

Roadgames is ultimately a clever Hitchcockian soufflé that 'is full of air, but rises nicely.'"

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24 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Hebrew Hammer (2003)

The Hammer remains confused and conflicted, almost apologetic for who he is.

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24 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

Alexander (2004)

Though Olympias is unbeatably charismatic (and plain fun amid all the drearily inclined boys), the film takes a typically Stonian approach to the evil woman.

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23 Nov 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Snoop Dogg: R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece

To say that Snoop Dogg has merely influenced the popular consciousness does him a great injustice. From his role as a purveyor of street slang to neo-blaxploitation actor, Snoop has infiltrated the zeitgeist.

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	The Silos: When the Telephone Rings

The Silos have been making great rock and roll for going on 20 years. The band formed in 1985 in Gainesville, Florida, released two independent discs (including

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23 Nov 2004 // 11:00 PM

	The Microphones/Little Wings: Wise Old Little Boy [DVD]

Intimacy. Ever since the heyday of the Beat Happening, this quality has thoroughly permeated much of the underground music of the Pacific Northwest. From the

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	Migala: La Increíble Aventura

Migala just isn’t going anywhere, but they’re doing it in high style. I guess that’s the point. I really liked Arde, where

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23 Nov 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Le Tigre: This Island

Smart and sexy, political and provocative, Le Tigre is the best and brightest of feminist rock.

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