Reviews

26 May 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Badawi: Clones and False Prophets

Reflecting multiple cultures in one’s music can often be a trying task. To tie neatly the threads of disparate lifestyles, their traditional music, and

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26 May 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Acid Mothers Temple: Mantra of Love

Acid Mothers Temple runs at the forefront of Japan’s underground movement and, in the last couple of years, has started making headway abroad. The

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The Roots Jean Grae Skillz OK, picture this. It’s the hottest day of the summer. Searching desperately for something to occupy yourself and the

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26 May 2004 // 1:00 AM

PeachesPhoto credit: Lynne Porterfield Once you work in a porn store with someone, you’re bonded for life. It’s the common experience of shuddering

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26 May 2004 // 1:00 AM

Talib Kweli Rap music, for the most part, gets a bad rap. It’s become an overtly visual, gimmicky art form over the last decade,

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26 May 2004 // 1:00 AM

JC Chasez In America, the only thing more contentious than politics is pop music. Pop music—the stuff that’s mainstream but not hip-hop, urban,

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26 May 2004 // 1:00 AM

Way Past Legal by Norman Green

What elevates this book far beyond other page-turners is Green's acute understanding of the emotional bonds between people: father and son, husband and wife, boss and subordinate.

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The Last Ride by Denise Young

The author has wants only to champion the self-awareness of some of them rather than challenge their idea that a bad upbringing is a license to be an asshole.

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26 May 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Dog Fighter by Marc Bojanowski

What separates this book from McCarthy's hopeless bloodbath is that Bojanowski has given us the gift of the narrator's voice.

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	To Rococo Rot: Hotel Morgen

It’s strange and even a bit sad to think that at the most basic level music ultimately comes down to mathematics. German trio To

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	Akira Tana (The Asian American Jazz Trio): Moon Over the World

Akira Tana‘s notes lay no claim to this recording as his own. It is a piano trio set, with the Hong Kong pianist Ted

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25 May 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Sekiden: Junior Fiction

Whenever I see an album like Sekiden’s Junior Fiction for the first time, I always get an urge to groan in despair. Yes, another

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25 May 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Seachange: Lay of the Land

One of the more polarizing efforts released this year, Seachange’s debut album initially sounds like a retread of some of the louder names in ‘9

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25 May 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Rjd2: Since We Last Spoke

Rjd2’s 2002 album Deadringer was a focused, powerful debut that immediately had hip-hop fans proclaiming him as one of the hottest producers around. The album

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	Kill Me Tomorrow: The Garbageman and the Prostitute

Most music magazines like to try and predict what the next hot new trend will be. Last year, critics were predicting a wave of British

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25 May 2004 // 11:00 PM

	David Guetta: Just a Little More Love

A renowned DJ by the young age of 17, David Guetta was spinning tracks from Funkadelic and Prelude in French gay clubs in the late ‘80s

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25 May 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Troy Gregory: Laura

Troy Gregory might be known for a couple of things, mainly his frontman’s style with the group the Witches. But that is just the

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25 May 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Glenn Gould: ...And Serenity

Sony’s latest attempt to capitalize on the increasing after-life popularity of Glenn Gould has resulted in a hash of disparate pieces. This should come

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24 May 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Craig Taborn: Junk Magic

The Thirsty Ear Blue Series, an ambitious attempt at fusing free jazz with the textures and beats of electronic music and hip-hop, has made it

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24 May 2004 // 11:00 PM

	The Shore: self-titled

You could approach this self-titled debut by The Shore in a couple different ways. You could start off by making a snide remark about how,

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