Reviews

4 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Lucy Show: Mania

Ever heard of 1980s band the Lucy Show? Me neither. Isn't that refreshing?"

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	Javon Jackson: Have You Heard

A jazz saxophonist wearing his funky party clothes, featuring Dr. Lonnie Smith's organ, but a forced good time.

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	Bauhaus: Shadow of Light/Archive [DVD]

Breaking ground to create post-punk's gloomy, minimalistic step-child, and inspiring legions of lost kids to don black eyeliner, nail polish, and lipstick, Goth icons Bauhaus solidify their position with these visual documents.

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4 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Audion: Suckfish

This is hard, pounding music designed to accompany activities that are traditionally associated with hard pounding.

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2 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

The MTV Woodie Awards

My mission was clear. I was to discover what happens when the decidedly corporate MTV sets its sights on the staunchly independent arena of college rock...

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The Dick Cavett Show: John & Yoko Collection

The DVD set reminds us that John Lennon and Yoko Ono played a significant role in these issues while producing art and maintaining a sense of humor.

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2 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

Veronica by Mary Gaitskill

Sex may be a physical act, but it's a psychological response. In this respect then, Gaitskill is an author of interiors.

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2 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

Transamerica (2005)

Transamerica settles for the familiar 'alternative family' rather than questioning all those systems that make the very concept of 'alternative' necessary.

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Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic (2005)

Sarah Silverman's character is a spoiled, suburban princess, which allows her to deliver offensive one-liners with an unnerving mixture of naïvete and self-assured ignorance.

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Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005)

It's a surprise that Shane Black's Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang works as well as it does.

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2 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

In the Mix (2005)

It's hard to be mad at Usher. But you have to wonder what went through his or anyone else's head during the production of In the Mix.

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1 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Various Artists: Children of Nuggets

After a few listens, it becomes clear that the 'second psychedelic era' doesn't exist.

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Not quite as hellacious and rollicking as its previous album, Chicago's Irish/Celtic darlings still make good on the path paved by Shane MacGowan and company.

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	The Subways: Young For Eternity

The Subways carry lots of attitude, big dreams, and a cheeky, clumsy style of personal interaction that makes you want to take them out after work to booze it up.

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1 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Sinead O’Connor: Throw Down Your Arms

Loved or loathed, O'Connor is back, though not quite as controversial as we remember her to be.

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1 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Mat Maneri: Pentagon

Thirsty Ear's 'Blue Series' goads out-violinist Maneri into his own Bitches Brew session.

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1 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Ray LaMontagne: Trouble

Alright, it came out a year ago, but hey, on his debut, this young singer-songwriter evokes the gritty vocals and beautiful accompaniment of Van Morrison.

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	Judas Priest: Rising in the East [DVD]

Do you wanna go, wanna go, wanna go Hot Rockin'? Come on, admit it, you do.

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	The Hope Blister: Underarms / Sideways

Previously net-only release, plus a new 'reinterpretation', tries to keep the This Mortal Coil / 4AD torch alive. It just barely succeeds.

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	Tommy Dorsey: The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing: Centennial Collection

A comprehensive selection from an American pop music superstar, sometime 1920s jazzman (better jazzman on trumpet, nonpareil instrumentalist on trombone).

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