Reviews

1 Feb 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Themselves: The No Music of Aiff’s

Since the release of its first full-length in 1999, the Anticon Collective has stirred up one hell of a fuss among the legions of hip-hop purists.

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1 Feb 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Tiger Lou: Trouble and Desire

One of the most classic and overcrowded takes on music is undeniably the lovelorn singer songwriting with acoustic guitar in hand and broken heart in

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	Steve Swallow: Damaged in Transit

I have to say first of all that this CD opens with the most straightforward unpretentious swinging jazz, and never leaves it behind. That’s

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1 Feb 2004 // 10:00 PM

	The Barmitzvah Brothers: The Night of the Party

Recently, I wrote an article on Lester Bangs for this website in which I criticized the continuing influence of what I felt was a highly

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30 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

You Got Served (2004)

Just in time for their feature film debut, the enormously popular B2K has disbanded, due to 'cash disputes'.

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30 Jan 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Perfect Score (2004)

The Perfect Score includes a rudimentary political critique of the U.S. educational and testing system.

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	Various Artists: Just Because I’m a Woman: Songs of Dolly Parton

Without exception tribute albums travel treacherous terrain. Tampering with material so closely associated with the original artist, especially one with as robust a presence as

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	The Windmills: Now Is Then

The Windmills are a band who create flawless pop songs, or so they did on 2001’s Sunlight. The group, consisting of singer Roy Thirlwall, guitarist

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	The Polyphonic Spree: The Beginning Stages Of…

Somebody, and I wish could remember who, once described the Polyphonic Spree‘s entire oeuvre as sounding like the last four minutes of “Hey Jude”.

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29 Jan 2004 // 10:00 PM

Mando Diao: Bring ‘Em In

Mando Diao deliver no-frills rock ‘n’ roll, but unlike many similar young bands today, they play with so much verve, the songs possess plenty of memorable hooks, and best of all, there’s a sense of ambition in the music.

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	Maria McKee: The Best of Maria McKee (20th Century Masters: Millennium Collection)

For someone who comes from LA show biz roots (Didja know her half-brother was in Love?), has worked with the usual LA assortment of pros

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	Laika & The Cosmonauts: Local Warming

When you think of Finland, you might think of a cold country that is Nordic and very pretty to some people. If you are a

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	Lightnin’ Hopkins: Blues Kingpins

You’ve really got to be in the mood to listen to Lightnin’ Hopkins, but if you’ve been doing hot dirty work, or you’

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29 Jan 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Elephant Man: Good 2 Go

O’Neil Bryan is Elephant Man, party machine, exists only to get kids onto dancefloor. Cutting edge sampler of current electro-reggae production? Twelve different dancehall/

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29 Jan 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Heather Duby: Come Across the River

Heather Duby‘s sophomore album is called Come across the River, but it feels as if the narrator in this dark, atmospheric collection of 10 diverse

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28 Jan 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Various Artists: Rewind! 3

Ubiquity Records has long been at the forefront of DJ culture and the Rewind! series is no exception. These ingenious collections take rare and vintage

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	The Unicorns: Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?

Usually when I think of an album as quirky, it means that I’m glad somebody else owns it, but I’m not going to

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28 Jan 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Jonathan Segel: Edgy Not Antsy

It’s a fact unacknowledged by even some of popular music’s leading taste-arbiters, but Jonathan Segel‘s old band, Camper Van Beethoven, was one

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28 Jan 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Ryuichi Sakamoto: Moto.tronic

Ryuichi Sakamoto is an enigmatic man, which leaves much to be said about his music. It has never been clearer than now, on his latest

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28 Jan 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Saves the Day: In Reverie

Emo kids can be a prickly bunch. While I can’t speak for all of them, I’ve got a buddy a few years younger

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