Reviews

4 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

God of War

God of War is also a cinematic feast, with cutscenes blending together to provide a complete story even without a game.

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	Kurt Rosenwinkel: Deep Song

This is as good a mainstream-modern jazz band as you'll find, but for the leader's indulgence in echoey harmonizing effects, modish and short on taste. He plays with the others' creative vigor, but his added effects are a let-down.

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	The High Speed Scene: self-titled

Three guys who N.E.R.D. thoroughly enjoy show their wares in a quick and snappy series of power pop and sweet rock tunes.

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	Follow the Train: The Great Disturbance

The sound cultivated here isn't the most original but the lack of irony or posturing adds an honesty that much more critically claimed bands lack.

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3 May 2005 // 11:00 PM

Eels: Blinking Lights and Other Revelations

The Kurt Vonnegut of Rock delivers his masterwork, Blinking Lights and Other Revelations, a sprawling 33 song autobiographical epic spanning two discs that took seven years to complete.

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3 May 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Dinosaur Jr.: Dinosaur

The oft-overlooked debut from Dinosaur Jr. shows a band that has its flaws, but is clearly on the verge of something big.

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	Caribou: The Milk of Human Kindness

Caribou, Manitoba...whatever he wants to call himself, Dan Snaith has done it again.

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	The Boxer Rebellion: Exits

The Boxer Rebellion defies the 'rock 'n' roll paradigm' to great effect on this ambitious, if spotty, debut.

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3 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Skinny Elvis or the fat man in rhinestones? Does it matter? Either way, the name is still in lights.

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Ticknor: A Novel by Sheila Heti

Sheila Heti is the next big thing being primed to come out of the Canadian literary scene.

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Searching for the Sound: My Life with the Grateful Dead by Phil Lesh

From the idealistic Heaven of that three-day music festival to the chaotic inferno created at the hands of some of Hell's own 'Angels', these sequences literally vibrate off the page.

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The Mutt: How to Skateboard without Killing Yourself by Rodney Mullen with Sean Mortimer

Skateboarding's like indie films or Nine Inch Nails fans: lots of flakes to wade through, but some truly interesting faces in there as well.

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3 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Casanova in Bolzano by Sándor Márai

Márai writes of subjects we may have exhausted over coffee or tequila, but haven't quite figured out: what it means to love, to lust, and to live.

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Born Losers: A History of Failure in America by Scott A. Sandage

Scott A. Sandage reminds us of an age-old fault even more despicable than being broke: to lack ambition in an America where 'berry picking was a higher crime than bankruptcy.'"

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2 May 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Vinyl Kings: Time Machine

The last time around, the Vinyl Kings took on the Beatles. This time they give you new original songs in the style of Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys, and Marvin Gaye.

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2 May 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Ticonderoga: self-titled

Post-rockers Ticonderoga... no wait, anti-folk experimentalists Ticonderoga... scratch that, Pavement inspired psych-country troubadours Ticonderoga... Oh forget it, Ticonderoga is just Ticonderoga.

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	The Raveonettes: Pretty in Black

On their second album, The Raveonettes' obsession with 50s pop culture has only increased.

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2 May 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Okay: High Road / Low Road

From out of a closed room comes two albums of blissful pop songs hiding a struggling heart.

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	Paul Motian Trio: I Have the Room Above Her

Dreamland is the title of the last track here and the location of most performances, Motian tossing and turning on drums, while Frisell is often amazingly lyrical, Lovano likewise. A lot of purposeful free playing and some not remote from the ballad work.

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	Louis XIV: The Best Little Secrets Are Kept

With Louis XIV glam rock is back in big way. This time it's tame and unbelievable, but occasionally sexy, even if it is in a creepy way.

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