Reviews

4 Apr 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Robert Randolph and the Family Band: Unclassified

Not since Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble’s Couldn’t Stand the Weatherhas a guitar band surfaced that possessed such raw power and conviction.

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	Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Shake That Thing

Like its companion volume drawn from the archives, only more so, this celebration of the New Orleans jazz refuge and recovery centre has a certain

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4 Apr 2004 // 11:00 PM

	P:ano: The Den

Vancouver has its own little history of modern pop, and in the early days of post-Pavement humility, a generation of vulnerable, pale young singer-songwriters found

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4 Apr 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Castle Oldchair: Sad Pants

Oh, the album that makes one wonder. One listens and one observes and one is still left wondering what, why, and whatever other “W” questions

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	controller.controller: History

Call it what you will, death disco, dance punk, what have you, but the current revival of dance-oriented post punk is one of the more

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	The Beatles with Tony Sheridan: The Beginnings in Hamburg: A Documentary [DVD]

This DVD purports to document the Beatles’ early years in Hamburg, Germany, when Allen Williams, the group’s first manager, booked them to play strip-bars-turned-beat-clubs

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3 Apr 2004 // 11:00 PM

	The dB’s: Stands for deciBels

It’s well-established by now that rock snobs love to talk about bands that you’ve never heard of, and it’s almost as widely

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	Various Artists: Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues, 1945-1970

It’s a shame that when most people think of Nashville, Tennessee, what comes to mind most readily are images of Garth Brooks in that

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	The Who: Then and Now: Maximum Who

Four remarkable decades have passed since a scruffy quartet from Shepherd’s Bush, London first took the stage with their aggressive brand of power pop.

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1 Apr 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Trans Am: Liberation

Like most other Trans Am records, Liberation is a soundtrack. Washington, DC, the war on terror, a Krautrock prelude to an election year—take your

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	Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Hot 4 - with Harold “Duke” Dejan

It’s not so certain that the real merits of this CD were wholly intended. It’s all the better for its diverging from the

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1 Apr 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Elvis Presley: Ultimate Gospel

Elvis Presley shook, rattled and rolled his way into our world by rocking his hips in uncontrolled abandon to the music that seemed to possess

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1 Apr 2004 // 11:00 PM

	N.E.R.D.: Fly or Die

The wallpaper’s moving. My arms and my legs leave a blur when I swipe. —N.E.R.D., ““Wonderful Place” I want my live

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	Dead Kennedys: Live at the Deaf Club

Imagine it’s 1979. There’s a revolution going on across the country, in all manner of tiny clubs and bars. It is a revolution of

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Blockhead: Music by Cavelight

A couple of Blockhead’s experiments on Music by Cavelight are indicators of the producer’s tendency to never allow the piece to move in one consistent direction.

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1 Apr 2004 // 1:00 AM

Walking Tall (2004)

Charming and correct, a savvy media star and self-incorporating product, The Rock embodies our own cynical moment, when the show is what matters.

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The United States of Leland (2003)

Leland will come to be instructive and redemptive for others, just as he has tried to find instruction and redemption in others.

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1 Apr 2004 // 1:00 AM

Hellboy (2004)

The latest hero for our time is red. Fire engine red. Looming over the city from a rooftop, he puffs his cigar and glowers.

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1 Apr 2004 // 1:00 AM

Good Bye, Lenin! (2003)

In Good Bye, Lenin! the world is awakened to new possibilities but Alex forces a social blindness on his mother.

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31 Mar 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Statistics: Leave Your Name

Let’s summarize for a moment. Nebraska is a flat, landlocked, farming state. The state’s principle crops are corn, soybeans, and winter wheat. Throw

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