Reviews

18 Oct 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Dora Flood: Highlands

San Francisco’s Dora Flood made one giant leap for psych-cum-chamber-pop-listening mankind with its last effort, Welcome. The record garnered strong reviews for its lyrics,

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	Camper Van Beethoven: New Roman Times

The triumphant return of Camper Van Beethoven. Unless you’re one of those weird music geeks who never really fit into the main gist of

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18 Oct 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Clutch: Blast Tyrant

Maryland rockers Clutch have always been one of those bands who are known for their great live act, touring relentlessly, and amassing a loyal fanbase,

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18 Oct 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Castanets: Cathedral

Asthmatic Kitty, the label founded by Sufjan Stevens, has been quietly assembling a group of artists who produce soft experimental music with intense, often spiritual,

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18 Oct 2004 // 4:00 PM

	Azeem: Show Business

Whereas most indie hip-hop releases have the kind of limp-wristed beats that just wash through your ears like musical Calgon, every beat on this album hits your cerebral cortex like a brillo pad. This is as fine a rap album as you'll hear all year.

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Bruce Springsteen Theorists understand that all music is political. As the French economist Jacques Attali has noted, the arrangement of sound helps fashion societies and

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18 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Ten years ago a hairy, mirthful trio of teeth and textured tunes appeared on the musical radar of every fan of post-punk-pop in the form

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18 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Clyde Stubblefield It is no revelation to say nowadays that hip hop dominates the world of commercial music. But where would hip-hop be without the

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18 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

I’m not cool, but I thought that was the point—you know, of that whole subcultural identity thing. Of course, there is the obligatory

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18 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Tess (Special Edition) (1979)

It is the emphasis, in both Hardy's novel and Polanski's skillful adaptation, on Tess as an individual that makes her story timeless.

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18 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

The investigation into issues of patriotism and accountability in Judgment at Nuremberg resonates strongly with contemporary American politics.

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18 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Io non ho paura (2003)

Michele also loses faith in the adults who are supposed to look after him.

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18 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Intermission (2003)

Intermission repeatedly frustrates audience expectations.

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18 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Vol. 02 (2004)

The story can be read as an oblique critique of mass media: brain-hacking literalizes the process by which our experiences are constructed by the powers that be.

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18 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Conquest of Space (1955)

Merritt's protests actually date pretty well -- contemporary liberal sensibilities often subscribe to the view that space travel is a continuation or extension of the colonial impulse.

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18 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Buried in the Sand: The Deception of America (2004)

Buried's real value is not as conservative propaganda, but rather, as a distilled example of conservative political spin.

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17 Oct 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Various Artists: Poor Boy: Songs of Nick Drake

The same intricate acoustic guitar figure opens Poor Boy: Songs of Nick Drake as does 1994’s Way to Blue: An Introduction to Nick Drake. And

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	Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: Live at Montreux 1982 & 1985 [DVD]

What a difference a few years can make in the life of a musician. In 1982, Stevie Ray Vaughan and bandmates Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon

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17 Oct 2004 // 11:00 PM

	R.E.M.: Around the Sun

Kick me out of the cult. To be a true-blue, diehard member of a rock band’s cult following there are certain unspoken rules. Perhaps

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	North Mississippi Allstars: Hill Country Revue

Brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson have always had somewhat of an ambitious plan for their band, the North Mississippi Allstars. Over the past five years,

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