Reviews
Artists of the 20th Century: Francis Bacon

There's no denying the power in Francis Bacon's work, metaphysical snapshots of a trip into a terrifying nightmare.

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17 May 2004 // 12:00 AM

You Got Served (2004)

Though Chris Stokes describes the concept as 'Let's put West Side Story with Breakin',' the result is less inspired than such a brainstorm might sound"

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17 May 2004 // 12:00 AM

Paycheck (2003)

'A true hero,' says John Woo on the commentary track for the Paycheck DVD, 'always reaches out a helping hand to others.'"

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17 May 2004 // 12:00 AM

Japanese Story (2003)

Such immersion in Sandy's evolving perceptions shifts the film away from what would seem its generic romance outline.

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17 May 2004 // 12:00 AM

In America (2003)

The semi-autobiographical tale of director Jim Sheridan considers the many complicated ways that 'America' works as idea and experience, the ways it engulfs, consumes, and produces its subjects.

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ABC: 20th Century Masters: The Best of ABC: The DVD Collection [DVD]

I almost feel a little guilty writing a review of a 20th Century Masters DVD collection so soon after my comrade in arms, fellow PopMatters

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16 May 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Bill Tapia: Tropical Swing

Honolulu native Bill Tapia was about 10 years old when he started playing ukulele in public at USO shows for World War 1 servicemen stationed on Oahu.

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16 May 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Tortoise: Its All Around You

Chicago is no Seattle. It’s no Athens, Omaha or Detroit either. It’s too big a city to give birth to the next indie

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16 May 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Sloan: Action Pact

Sloan is probably the best band you’ve never heard of. Part of that has to do with the fact that they’re Canadian, part

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16 May 2004 // 10:00 PM

	David Mead: Indiana

For me, two things that stand out about David Mead (and I’m not counting his great hair): his impeccable voice and his fine songwriting.

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16 May 2004 // 10:00 PM

Mirah: C’Mon Miracle

Ask and you shall receive. With the release of her third full-length album, Olympia, Washington’s Mirah shouts out to the heavens with the plea

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16 May 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Louis Jordan: Films and Soundies [DVD]

This DVD is the real thing: 35 Louis Jordan songs collected together, all full-length (no medleys or incomplete clips) and all with clear, static-free audio quality.

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16 May 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Chicken Lips: DJ Kicks

It’s hard to imagine a more venerable institution in electronic music history than !K7’s DJ Kicks series. As the series approaches its tenth

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The Streets: A Grand Don’t Come for Free

Like Leigh’s film High Hopes, like Pulp’s Different Class, A Grand Don’t Come For Free is a superb, perceptive portrait of everyday British life, completely devoid of any pretentiousness, and musically, though his beats are toned down, it cements Skinner’s status as a true original in UK music.

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13 May 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Retisonic: Return to Me

It seems absurdly apologetic to call a musician criminally ignored in our current state of rabid omniscience. Anyone worth his or her salt has their

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13 May 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Ben Jelen: Give It All Away

Man, is Ben Jelen ever an easy target. Look at those cheekbones! Those tousled, windswept locks, that searching gaze, those pensive eyebrows … lord, he’s

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13 May 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Egberto Gismonti: Rarum XI: Selected Recordings

From the mid-‘70s to the mid-‘80s, the intersection of jazz and classical with synthesizers and acoustic instruments yielded a new genre and some

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	From Bubblegum to Sky: Nothing Sadder Than Lonely Queen

Every once in a while, when I’ve fallen in love with an album, I’m tempted to talk about it as if I loved

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13 May 2004 // 10:00 PM

	The Contrast: Fade Back In

The Contrast have refined their sound some and made it even more their own on their third album, the newly released Fade Back In. As

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	Bad Religion: Generator [remastered]

Bad Religion’s fifth album Generator has always felt like their most apocalyptic album ... and that’s saying a lot for a band whose first

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