Reviews

7 Apr 2004 // 1:00 AM

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

With its Middle Eastern setting, Sands of Time deserves credit for allowing Western gamers the chance to experience a different cultural atmosphere.

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7 Apr 2004 // 1:00 AM

Ninja Gaiden

No longer are your virtual enemies content to die one by one, lining up for death like lemmings overlooking a cliff.

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	Various Artists: Africa Straight Ahead

Excluding Fela Sowande, a subsequently important African philosopher who played organ on a 1930s recording date with the singer Adelaide Hall in London—his name

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6 Apr 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Zebrahead: MFZB

Zebrahead‘s blend of rap-core and punk-pop doesn’t pretend to be anything radical, groundbreaking, or genre-defying, but what it wholeheartedly attempts to do is

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6 Apr 2004 // 11:00 PM

	The Singles: Better Than Before

With all due respect to the label and its roster, it must be a simultaneous blessing and curse to be signed to Rainbow Quartz. Certainly,

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	Phantom Planet: self-titled

I’ll cut right to the point: I like Phantom Planet, and I like this eponymous new record. Here’s why: 1. It begins like an

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	The Features: The Beginning EP

The Features are a rollicking indie-pop quartet from Sparta, Tennessee, with a melodic, slightly cluttered keyb-guitar sound that evokes [insert grab-bag of similes here]. In 1997,

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	DJ Garth: Revolutions in Sound

British ex-pat DJ Garth has long been a fixture on the San Francisco Bay Area scene, and he serves a tasty dish of four-to-the-floor deep

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	Cee-Lo: Cee-Lo Green… Is the Soul Machine

Art is where and how we speak to each other in tongues audible when ‘official’ language fails.—Elizabeth Alexander, The Black Interior If you ain’

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6 Apr 2004 // 1:00 AM

Xiu Xiu On!Air!Library! Xiu Xiu’s singer and principal songwriter, Jamie Stewart, is a frail and emotive lightning rod who sparks confessional lyrics

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6 Apr 2004 // 1:00 AM

Last summer, when I saw TV on the Radio in this same venue, I lavished them with praise, despite a few kinks in their live

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How Many Organs Do You Have? Invented by a tone-deaf clockmaker 70 years ago (alleged first customer: ol’ Henry Ford), the Hammond organ—a 400 pound beast

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6 Apr 2004 // 1:00 AM

LiarsPhoto credit: Danielle Levitt In case you haven’t heard, Angus Andrew wants to be a horse. Some people may have tried to convince you

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6 Apr 2004 // 1:00 AM

Death Cab for CutiePhoto credit: Ryan Schierling Ben Kweller The unnaturally quiet atmosphere inside Calvin College’s Fine Arts Center was my first clue, my

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6 Apr 2004 // 1:00 AM

On the Blue Shore of Silence by Pablo Neruda

There is something in the less logical, more associative poems that is appropriate, and has the most enduring, mystic resonance.

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Hungarian Cinema: From Coffee House to Multiplex by John Cunningham

Hungarian film has, until now, remained a 'specialist' subject, due variously to Hungary's political situation, a reluctance of the 'West' to translate and promote these films, and the notorious difficulty of the Hungarian language.

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Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin: Writers Running Wild in the Twenties by Marion Meade

Even before you're done reading that subtitle, about 'writers running wild,' the theme is already being stretched to fill out the book.

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Baseballissimo: My Summer in the Italian Minor Leagues by Dave Bidini

Nettuno is painted as an almost mythical place, like Garcia Marquez's Macondo, where the only news of major league North American baseball comes via such quaint outlets as the newspaper and, occasionally, the radio.

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5 Apr 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Usher: Confessions

Number of listed tracks on this album: 17.Number of these that are “intro” or “interlude” tracks: 3. * * * Songs that are full-fledged club über-crunk salacious but not

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	Preservation Hall Jazz Band: The Best of the Early Years

One of my favourite errors in a jazz context came in an obituary of Willie Humphrey, a New Orleans clarinetist very well featured on this

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