Reviews

24 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Various: Doo-Wop Forever

Independent label music by alternative artists from the past shows that rock and roll will never die as long as record companies can make a profit repackaging it.

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Panic! at the Disco: A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out

Pretty boys in fancy suits want to make you dance to their heartbreak. Please refrain.

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East River Pipe: What Are You On?

A druggy set of songs crammed with unfulfilled potential.

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The Contrast: Forget to Tell the Time

Not groundbreaking, but this album distills all of the Contrast that has come before into their most refined effort yet.

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24 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Aids Wolf: The Lovvers LP

Aids Wolf, the little over two-year-old Canadian band, has had plenty of press leading up to the release of their debut; not all of it's because of the second word in their name, and that they're from Montreal.

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Various: The Rough Guide to the Music of the Sahara

Compilations in any genre are rarely so effective.

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	Buzzcocks: Live at Shepherds Bush Empire 2003 [DVD]

Shelley and Diggle themselves prove this point, portraying themselves as regular blokes who enjoy a night at the pub while making some of the finest music around.

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23 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

How does Lost Squad measure up to the popular movies it was compared to?

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23 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Shield: Season 4

Most of the brilliant fourth season is focused on the interplay of Vic with the two single-season 'heavyweights', Glenn Close as Captain Monica Rawling and Anthony Anderson as local kingpin Antwon Mitchell.

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23 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Skating with Celebrities

Follow Todd's lead, and let figure skating's sequin-spangled freak flag fly.

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Emily’s Reasons Why Not

The problem with the latest pretender to the Sex and the City throne is that it doesn't take the mimicry far enough.

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Life Interrupted: The Unfinished Monologue by Spalding Gray, Francine Prose

It just sounds like the way Spalding Gray would die. His would not be a life finished by old age, or the standard natural causes. No, Gray's existence was fated to end like most of his monologues.

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The Execution of Wanda Jean (2002) - PopMatters Film Review
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The film may not change minds regarding the death penalty, but does demonstrate its flaws on personal and structural levels.

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Master C&J Featuring Liz Torres: Can’t Get Enough

The "Queen Bitch" of '80s-era house music gets a much-deserved comprehensive retrospective. It's history being made, and it still sounds good.

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Friends of Dean Martinez: Live at Club 7

The Friends of Dean Martinez bring on the noise for this live gig, just daring anybody, anybody, to label them "lounge music" ever again.

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23 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Motion Trio: Play-Station

There are not many experimental accordion groups who take their musical cues from arcade games. Motion Trio do it with inventiveness and technical skill.

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Various: Different Strokes By Different Folks

This is not the greatest disc in the world, this is just a tribute.

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23 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Psyche Origami: The Standard

Psyche Origami reps Atlanta in a whole new way.

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My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult: Gay, Black and Married

Gay, Black and Married. If ever there were four words meant to be strung together to form a My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult album title, those are the ones.

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T. Rex: Tanx / Bolan’s Zip Gun / Futuristic Dragon / Work in Progress

The agony, the ecstasy, and the T. Rextasy are all on display in Rhino’s latest batch of glam reissues.

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