Reviews

21 Apr 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Ministry: Side Trax

Pailhead, 1000 Homo DJs, PTP, and Acid Horse tracks all on one CD.

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21 Apr 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Lagwagon: Live in a Dive

Pop-punk lifers thank their fans with a live disc. Everyone else can sit this one out.

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21 Apr 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Jean Michel Jarre: The Essential

This is a solid if too-fleeting survey of the work of an electronic music pioneer.

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	DJ Spooky Vs. David Lombardo: Drums of Death

Paul D. Miller masterminds more melting pot madness, this time in the key of metal under a sullen future sky. A Public Enemy assists, and the funk survives the reign in blood.

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	The Blue Van: The Art of Rolling

Look out Mooney Suzuki, you've got a Blue Van from Denmark on your tail! And they ain't fooling around…Those retro riffs and Hammond organs mean business!"

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	Alan Astor: Everything is Possible

Emotive, danceable, industrial-tinged genius pop gets all dressed up on the debut by NYC scenester Astor. Sometimes the costume fits; sometimes it doesn't.

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21 Apr 2005 // 11:00 PM

	A Frames: Black Forest

New wave and old noise mated. They had a robotic baby. They called it A Frames. Now it is a toddler, and we've been asked to baby-sit just in time for its terrible twos.

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20 Apr 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Zincs: Dimmer

The Zincs' debut for Thrill Jockey is an ocean of shifting sands where texture and mood flow back and forth, over and under a bedrock of remarkable songs.

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20 Apr 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Marcus Miller: Silver Rain

As cobbled together as it is, this collection is a portrait of an insanely talented bass player and arranger. Featuring guest vocals (Clapton!) and covers (Prince! Beethoven! Ellington! Luther!) designed to sell, it remains a bass-lover's dream project and a good example of 'contemporary jazz' with a conscience.

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20 Apr 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Keren Ann: Nolita

A unique possible Big Hit, but the obvious talent within does not hit its full potential.

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	Tim Kinsella: Crucifix Swastika

The most shocking thing about Tim Kinsella's moronically titled new release is how tame and inconsequential it really is.

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	John Doe: Forever Hasn’t Happened Yet

Former X-man delivers a homebrewed distillation of old scratchy blues, country-folk, and noir, heavily annotated in mortality -- one could say that Doe is priming himself for a watershed Time out of Mind-caliber record any day now.

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20 Apr 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Backyard Babies: Tinnitus

First socialized medicine, now hard rock bands - Sweden continues to put America to shame.

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20 Apr 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Mars Black: Folks Music

The way Nebraska-born Mars Black drops the name Bob Dylan, you'd expect his stories to dance across your retina and linger in your eardrums. All of which makes Folks Music a disappointing effort.

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20 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

Zoo Keeper

If you've played Bejeweled, you've all but played Zoo Keeper.

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20 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

Lumines

Lumines succeeds largely because it is both very similar to and yet completely different from any falling block puzzle game before it.

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20 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

Dope Farmer

Every harvest provides more money to expand your farm with. It's all very easy. Which is kind of the problem.

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	Emiliana Torrini: Fisherman’s Woman

On her first album in six years, the talented Torrini equals the beauty of her debut album, in an entirely different way.

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19 Apr 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Trafik: Bullet

This is a good album -- the problem is that it isn't a great album.

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	Stereophonics: Language. Sex. Violence. Other?

No more croaking ballads? Have Stereophonics finally decided to move on or are they just Britrock revivalist bandwagon jumpers?"

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