Reviews

11 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	John Doyle: Wayward Son

Nothing flashy here, just a man singing and playing guitar Celtic folk style, with able assistance from other stellar vocalists and instrumentalists like Linda Thompson, Kate Rusby, and Danny Thompson.

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	Castanets: First Light’s Freeze

This spare, creepy album is often pleasant and always surprising. Bearded zombies in love: I've got your soundtrack.

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11 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

Close to Home

Violence and oppression are everywhere in Close to Home. And that 'everywhere' is specific -- the burbs.

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11 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

Rockers (1977)

For the last 25 years, Rockers has passed the spirit of Roots, Rock and Reggae on to successive generations. A remastered and re-released DVD promises to continue its legacy.

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11 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

Over the Edge (1979)

Revisiting Over the Edge is always an education, especially if you grew up watching it repeatedly, as I did.

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10 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	311: Don’t Tread on Me

Despite its confrontational title, Don't Tread on Me is a lighter, happier version of the shtick 311 has all but trademarked over the past 15 years.

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	Bill Ricchini: Tonight I Burn Brightly

Bill Ricchini's new album evokes Brian Wilson, Elliott Smith, and Belle and Sebastian -- just the way he likes it.

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	Tim O’Brien: Fiddler’s Green / Cornbread Nation

Bluegrass authenticity and huge ears make Tim O'Brien all the musician you can handle.

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	Magnolia Electric Co.: Hard to Love a Man EP

Jason Molina and company show that they still have energy to spare.

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10 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Modeselektor: Hello Mom!

The next time you're wandering around the record store and thinking to yourself 'Man, I really wish I could find a CD that, like, really rokked', look no further than our German homies Modeselektor.

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	The King of France: The King of France

NYC band's latest release (its first with all band members involved) is quirky and accessible, roughly one non sequitur away from Robyn Hitchcock-caliber idiosyncrasy.

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	COB: Moyshe McStiff and the Tartan Lancers of the Sacred Heart

Three men chase their dreams in the fields of Scotland. Thirty years later, fans no longer have to chase their records. Moyshe McStiff and the reissue treatment.

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	Constantines: Tournament of Hearts

Canada's Constantines attempt to try something new, with decidedly mixed results.

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	Celebration: Celebration

The album is a celebration of sorts as this trio relies heavily on keyboards and some wild wails to get their distinctive brand of rock across.

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A straw poll of reactions to the new material ranged from raised eyebrows to suggestions that the group change their name to the Bluegrass Rebel Motorcycle Club...

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Drawn Together - Season One

The roommates are dysfunctional, narcissistic wrecks who fall in and out of fake love, toasty hot tubs, and bottomless Jack Daniels bottles (literally, since this is a cartoon).

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It’s Called a Breakup Because it’s Broken: The Smart Girl’s Breakup Buddy by Greg Behrendt and Amiir

Behrendt's latest offers the same obnoxious bottom-line as the first: You may be a superfox, but all of us are desperate losers just dying for love and approval.

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

For all its possibilities -- and its crazily pleasant animations --the movie takes a more or less conventional narrative shape.

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	Various Artists: The Motown Box

A testament to the label's great achievements, and an absolute joy to hear.

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	Various Artists: Visions of an Inner Mounting Apocalypse: A Fusion Guitar Tribute

Guitar monsters pay tribute to a great jazz-rock fusion band with less than stellar results. There's no bliss here, just sledgehammer noise.

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