Reviews

25 Apr 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Stand: Transmissions

Stand could be the next big thing: they know how to sing, play, and compose. The problem is, it all sounds just a little too redundant.

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	Iggy Pop: Iggy Pop! Live San Fran 1981 [DVD]

A packed and smoky club... San Francisco... 25 November 1981... The nexus between the fading remnants of punk and disco and the germination of new wave... What better ambassador to represent the changing times than the remarkable James Osterberg?"

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	David Francey: The Waking Hour

Fourth full-length from Juno Award winner Francey is an album rooted in traditional folk. A mixed bag, its stronger songs can be unusually powerful.

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	Bunky: Born to be a Motorcycle

(timidly) Knock knock. (brusquely) What the path-wurd? (whispers) Bunky. (loudly) What? (shouting stubbornly) BUN-KEEE!!.

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	Bottom of the Hudson: Songs from the Barrel Commando

This one-man band issue old songs making him seem to be way ahead of his time. And they're good songs!"

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	British Sea Power: Open Season

Probably the first time anadiplosis has ever been used in a rock review. But that's the kind of band British Sea Power want to be.

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25 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

Winslow in Love by Kevin Canty

She never becomes much more than a cipher for Winslow's waning desires and advancing age-- part muse, part male fantasy, but very little character.

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The Ultimate Guide to Chick Flicks: The Romance, the Glamour, the Tears, and More! by Kim Adelman

Where are Lisa Cholodenko, Sofia Coppola, and countless other writers and directors who assume and reveal the complexity of people and their situations.

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No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam by Reza Aslan

You don't read No God But God. You face a struggle between the text, your personal opinions, and what little you know about Islam.

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25 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

Case Histories: A Novel by Kate Atkinson

If any of these scenarios intrigue you, Atkinson has already done the easiest part of her job.

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25 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

A Changed Man by Francine Prose

Vincent Nolan's act is a convincing one; one that even he begins to believe the more he preaches it.

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	Bruce Springsteen: Devils & Dust

It is, by turns, a country record, a folk record and even a bit of a rock record. It is thick with atmosphere, awash in violence and a shadowy mythology redolent of the Old West.

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	Christopher O’Riley: Hold Me to This: Christopher Riley Plays Radiohead

This is nothing less than a wholesale reinvention of one of the greatest and most versitile catalogs in modern pop music.

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24 Apr 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The National: Alligator

What if Leonard Cohen fronted The Psychedelic Furs with some country-pickin' guitars on board? No, I don't think we're in Brooklyn anymore either, Toto.

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	Be-Bop Deluxe: Axe Victim [reissue]

Bill Nelson has been many things in his long musical career. On his first band's debut album, for instance, he was David Bowie with a guitar solo fetish.

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24 Apr 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Blueprint: 1988

The MC/producer who quit a highly paid job in computing and spent years on the grind for the love of his art finally releases his debut. S'all good.

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24 Apr 2005 // 4:00 PM

Shadows in the Sun (2005)

Claire Forlani goes so far as to call Shadows in the Sun her Il Postino. Oy.

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22 Apr 2005 // 4:00 PM

refuse to rush anything. Nothing wrong with that.

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22 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

A Lot Like Love (2005)

Any movie that engineers a comic hijinksy highlight around Amanda Peet smacking herself into a glass door is not thinking too far beyond surfaces.

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22 Apr 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Interpreter (2005)

Sydney Pollack's latest thriller touches on a range of topical matters, from diplomatic skirting of African genocides to U.S. intelligence agency confusions.

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