Reviews

5 Aug 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Ming & FS: Back to One

The year 2004 marks a rebirth of sort for Ming & FS—perhaps the best group you’ve never heard. I put the modifying article “perhaps”

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	Sharron Kraus: Songs of Love and Loss

Hailed for her debut album, Beautiful Twisted, which made the critics list in Rolling Stone, Sharron Kraus goes about her musical business in a very

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	Havergal: Elettricita

One of the greatest grabs from my college radio tenure was 2001’s Lungs for the Race by the Texas outfit Havergal. I took it for

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	Goodie Mob: One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show

Anyone coming to the new Goodie Mob album is likely to know two things:1) This is technically a “reunion” album, since the Goodies broke up

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	Derrick Carter & Mark Farina: Live From Om, Volume 2

I have a confession to make. I am a house music fan in exile. I used to be a (deep) house zealot, resisting all attempts

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5 Aug 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Village (2004)

Noah is so wrapped up in his own emotions that he seems, at first, the most literal embodiment of the film's critique of a post-9/11 American isolationism.

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5 Aug 2004 // 1:00 AM

Little Black Book (2004)

A movie where Carly Simon serves as guiding light can't be all bad.

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5 Aug 2004 // 1:00 AM

Code 46 (2004)

William's seeming gift of empathy is a deception: anyone could do his job, if properly infected.

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5 Aug 2004 // 1:00 AM

Collateral (2004)

Michael Mann's new film shows what anyone who's paid attention to Jamie Foxx has known for some time: he is excellent.

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	Heidi Talbot: Distant Future

Heidi Talbot is no stranger to the Celtic scene. As a member of Cherish the Ladies, Talbot has risen to the top of her game

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4 Aug 2004 // 11:00 PM

	The Shimshaws: Subcutaneous

Memorable songs can be said to get under your skin—hence the title of this particular release. To its credit, Subcutaneous does have a number

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	Neurosis: The Eye of Every Storm

It’s often easy to spot a Steve Albini-engineered album the first time you hear it. The deep, full bass tones, the sometimes grating, almost

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4 Aug 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Gary Numan: Live in London

There reaches a point in the career of just about every rock star when they face the mammoth dilemma of career attrition. With the exception

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	Carolyn Mark and the New Best Friends: The Pros and Cons of Collaboration

Surely every review written about Carolyn Mark makes reference to Neko Case, like it’s an unwritten or peer-pressured rule to always name-check both singers

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	Christopher Lawrence: All Or Nothing

What’s in a name, eh? Trance. A short, unevocative word for a musical genre. Feasible connotations: metronomic repetition, mindlessness, a blankness in the memory,

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	Curtis Fuller: Up Jumped Spring

After a the first 45 years of a long career and the loss of one lung to cancer surgery, Curtis Fuller sounds different from the young

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Einstürzende Neubauten: Kalte Sterne: Early Recordings

Einstürzende Neubauten are a force of nature, or, um, a force of industry. The band originated in Berlin as part of Die Geniale Dilletante, an arts collective inspired by the Dadaist arts movement that had reached its boundary-pushing apex in the early years of the second world war.

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	El Jefe: El Jefe’s Amorphous Phormula

Rock and hip-hop have not thus far been the best of bedfellows, even ignoring the (now thankfully subsided) wave of nu-metal that filled the charts

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	Volante: Static Until Sunrise

Alright gang, let’s just dive right in. Volante frontman Gabe Shapiro penned the tunes for his band’s sophomore album, Static Until Sunrise, while

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	Soltero: The Tongues You Have Tied

Imagine if you will, Ray Davies taking leave of the dreary London winter in exchange for a secluded log cabin in the snowy American Northeast.

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