Reviews

12 Apr 2005 // 12:00 AM

A Time of Angels by Patricia Schonstein

We find out that the real hell exists on earth in the forms of war, death and destruction.

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My Eyes Are Nailed, But Still I See by David Niall Wilson and Brett Alexander Savory

I found my brows had furrowed, my fingers were numb, and I wanted to put the book down and run away. And then I realized -- that's why I read horror fiction.

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The Greedy Bastard Diary: A Comic Tour of America by Eric Idle

Idle's humanity, ultimately, saves this book from becoming a run-of-the-mill title that usually clogs the humor section at your local bookstore.

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The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury by Sam Weller

Ray Bradbury's stories stick in the mind like myths, because they are so terrible and vehement in their plotting.

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	Tremulous Monk: Sparkle Like Your Shoes

A destined sleeper for 2005, Tremulous Monk's Sparkle Like Your Shoes does what it says, provided you're wearing, um... sparkly shoes.

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11 Apr 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Razorlight: Up All Night

If you're looking for something you haven't heard before, look elsewhere, but if you need a catchy and reasonably well-crafted party record to help you make some damn friends already, this ought to do just fine.

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	Napalm Death: The Code Is Red… Long Live the Code

The grindcore legends have returned with their most inspired album in years.

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11 Apr 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Motormark: Chrome Tape

Motormark's got the energy and the drive to be a great band. Now, if only they could learn to use their instruments...

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	Micah P. Hinson: And the Gospel of Progress

Talented singer/songwriter gives us his addition to the annals of the break-up album.

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	Emperor X: Central Hug / Friendarmy / Fractal Dunes

The key is not that we should admire the record for the dexterity with which a group of seemingly random pieces have been assembled to form a new whole, but that we should recognize the whole to be far greater than the sum of its parts.

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11 Apr 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Duhks: self-titled

Like a good blended whiskey, the Manitoba, Canadian band The Duhks combine a variety of strong flavors that don't get lost in the mix.

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11 Apr 2005 // 12:00 AM

Trippin’

Isn't it fun to go see lions? To save the rain forest? C'mon, let's hop on a private jet and go!

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11 Apr 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Staircase

The Staircase is less about the defendant's guilt or innocence -- or, as his lawyer says, the difference between guilty or not guilty -- than about the process.

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11 Apr 2005 // 12:00 AM

Robot Chicken

You don't have to be a big ol' nerd to laugh, but it helps if you know your Mark Hamill from your Leonard Nimoy.

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11 Apr 2005 // 12:00 AM

Revelations

Though NBC calls it 'religious drama', the six-episode series Revelations, is more aptly described as a supernatural thriller.

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11 Apr 2005 // 12:00 AM

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel

Real Sports is, hands down, the best hour of investigative journalism currently on the air.

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11 Apr 2005 // 12:00 AM

PoweRGirls

Lizzie Grubman turned her pocket aces into a nut flush by mixing her talents and ambition with her family connections.

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11 Apr 2005 // 12:00 AM

Life on a Stick

Life on a Stick has a laundry list of problems -- off the top of my head, jerky pacing, canned laughter, and a total lack of charismatic performers.

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	Various Artists: Chillout 06 * The Ultimate Chillout

It's tough to chill out at 90 beats-per-minute, and the baffling song selection doesn't help. The latest in this usually reliable series should've been called 'Indie Darlings 101'.

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10 Apr 2005 // 10:00 PM

	David Sanborn: Closer

A nice enough start, with a couple of numbers Dizzy Gillespie played on the earning edge of the Sanborn popjazz genre. Dullness does descend, though, but the last track's a lovely goodnight lullaby.

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In Motion: On the Emptiness of Progress

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"Nils Pihl calls it, "Newtonian engagement", that is, when "an engaged player will remain engaged until acted upon by an outside force". That's "progress".

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