Reviews

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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	Thavius Beck: Decomposition

Thavius Beck stares balefully out at me from the promo blurb sheet like some fatalistic amalgam of Rick Rubin and Saul Williams; an air of

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	Brent Arnold and the Spheres: Last Boat

The recent proliferation of the stripped-down duo has recast rock music as troglodytic, immediate, and raw. It seems like you can’t swing Jack White

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13 May 2004 // 12:00 AM

Troy (2004)

According to Troy, war is all about reputation.

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13 May 2004 // 12:00 AM

This So-Called Disaster (2004)

The real surprise is Sam Shepard's candor when recounting for Michael Almereyda the painful details of his father's deterioration.

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The Saddest Music in the World (2003)

Guy Maddin's film is swirling with scraps of movie and other recent history.

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13 May 2004 // 12:00 AM

A Slipping-Down Life (2004)

You're left wondering just what Evie sees in Drum, except that abstract backwardsness that she's inscribed in herself.

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Coffee and Cigarettes (2004)

On its own terms, Coffee and Cigarettes is an effective addiction movie, self-indulgent but also familiar and low-key.

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