Reviews

16 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Hustle & Flow (2005)

Craig Brewer considers his protagonist something new, that is, the same kind of cat he's seen repeatedly in his hometown of Memphis, but not seen in movies.

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16 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Horrorpops: Bring it On!

For a band with as much attitude as Horrorpops convey, their sound is surprisingly poppy, an attribute that only works to their benefit.

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The Kallikak Family: May 23rd 2007

The Kallikak Family has created one of the most memorable experimental efforts of 2005. It is music Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi would have bobbed his head to.

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Cinderpop: Their Skies Are Beautiful

Another Canadian pop band delivers a CD that is anything but ho hum.

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16 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Cat Power: The Greatest

Seventh full-length for indie singer-songwriter was recorded at Memphis' Ardent Studios with the help of some soul veterans.

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16 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Gangbé Brass Band: Whendo

Gangbé Brass Band sound like a group of men leading a parade down the road with streamers flying over their heads and the sun shining.

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Various: Nao Wave Revisited

An EP of just competently remixed Brazilian post-punk raises more questions than you need to have answered.

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16 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Sutekh: Born Again

Born Again presents an exceptional example of how future remix collections should be approached.

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	Various Artists: Não Wave Revisited: Brazilian Post Punk 1982-1988

An EP of just competently remixed Brazilian post-punk raises more questions than you need to have answered.

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	Violent Femmes: Permanent Record: Live and Otherwise [DVD]

The once overlooked band has been getting their share of attention in the past few years. This DVD performance proves why.

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	Buddy Rich: The Lost Tapes [DVD]

'The World's Greatest Drummer' shows again how he won the title.

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15 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	Gangbé Brass Band: Whendo

Gangbé Brass Band sound like a group of men leading a parade down the road with streamers flying over their heads and the sun shining.

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	Michael Franti and Spearhead: Live in Sydney [DVD]

A big, cathartic house party in which Michael Franti completes his circle.

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13 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Tristan & Isolde (2006)

Long-haired, nubile, and eager to please, Tristan seeks a consuming passion, but is fated to fall limp in the arms of a girl who can't make up her mind.

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9 Songs: Unrated Full Uncut Version (2004)

Through sex, specifically the surrender and exposition of self through this oldest human hobby, Michael Winterbottom communicates the beauty and pain of a relationship.

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13 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Last Holiday (2006)

As she gains increased clout (maybe her new Hollywood star counts for something), perhaps the Queen can angle for work that's challenging and rewarding for all her subject.

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13 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Hostel (2006)

Paxton is suddenly the Last Girl in a movie about cocky boys who become vulnerable beyond their wildest dreams.

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13 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Glory Road (2006)

Includes all the usual tricks of the genre, from vintage soundtrack and heart-pounding court action to excellent performances and heartfelt lessons underlined by teary eyes in close-up.

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13 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

BloodRayne (2006)

The main special effect is something called the slash and spray -- a sword slice across the torso that causes a fountain-like torrent of arterial goodness.

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13 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Time: Before There Was

1968 debut of long-forgotten/never-known semi-experimental rock band finally sees light of day, works better as historical artifact than album.

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