Reviews

16 Feb 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Tindersticks: Bareback

International Emmy awardee and Bamfa nominee Martin Wallace has collaborated with the Tindersticks since the band's inception in 1993. The filmmaker's careful and observant work with the band is finally collected on DVD, providing a new spin on some equally subdued and observant music.

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16 Feb 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Relient K: Mmhmm

A non-objective unabashedly biased declaration - thank you Relient K, for making my life a better one.

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	Matt Pond PA: Winter Songs

As a stopgap EP, Winter Songs will hold its own; as something for season after season, though, it's not quite that durable.

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16 Feb 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Jude Johnstone: On a Good Day

A superb collection of emotionally riveting material for adults -- heartfelt and honest songwriting that carries the weight of age and experience.

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16 Feb 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Peter Gabriel: Play: The Videos [DVD]

The godfather of art rock once again surpasses expectations with a near-comprehensive compilation that's a feast for the senses.

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	Sage Francis: A Healthy Distrust

Mad, melancholy, messiah or maniac? Whatever you think of him, Sage has returned with his latest salvo against all forms of complacency, and it's simultaneously his tightest and his most intriguing yet.

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16 Feb 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Enon: Lost Marbles and Exploded Evidence

This odds and ends collection might only please the group's most devoted fans, but isn't that the point?"

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	Howie Day: Stop All the World Now (Special Edition)

Howie Day's last album is expanded to contain four extra tracks, but still contains all the singer-songwriter traits Day is deservedly reaping the rewards from.

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16 Feb 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Kelli Ali: Psychic Cat

Psychic Cat starts to lose its appeal as soon as you realize that its title isn't a metaphor -- it actually refers to a cat that just might be psychic.

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Playboy: The Mansion

Apparently, free love extends only to heterosexuals and lesbians in this representation of Hef's so-called revolution.

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16 Feb 2005 // 1:00 AM

Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors

The worlds you visit are surreal spaces that aren't so much about being traversed as they are simply about being inhabited.

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16 Feb 2005 // 1:00 AM

Jak 3

If 'Jak 2' was a little too much like 'Grand Theft Auto', the third game in the series wisely turns the adoration down a notch.

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16 Feb 2005 // 1:00 AM

Gretzky NHL 2005

With the cancellation of the 2004-2005 NHL season imminent, today's hockey is limited to virtual reality and Russia.

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15 Feb 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Mark Sandman: Sandbox: The Music of Mark Sandman

My name is Mark Sandman. Music for us is the most important thing. The songs are written about women, how to gain her, how to lose her, and the danger of being human. Each song has its own life, and we try to play each song as it exists by itself.

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	Roots Manuva: Awfully Deep

The crufatin returns for what may be the last run of daringly daft escapades played out in the theatre of your mind.

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15 Feb 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Charlie Robison: Good Times

Charlie Robison's gritty, heartbreaking music stands apart from the country-radio crowd.

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	Linton Kwesi Johnson: Live in Paris

Twenty-five years on and Linton Kwesi Johnson is still fighting against the terrorism of institutionalised racism. Live in Paris celebrates the on-going struggle of our 'revalueshanary fren'.

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15 Feb 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Ida: Heart Like a River

Pretty, well-arranged, and heart wrenching, this is music for those realizing relationship angst never goes away.

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	Tony Iommi With Glenn Hughes: The 1996 DEP Sessions

Not exactly colored in shades of the blackest Sabbath or deepest Purple, the joint effort of Iommi and Hughes still packs enough wallop to satisfy one's daily metallic craving.

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Despite the crowd's 'real punks don't shower' mind-set, the general attitude was one of unity... in dissent.

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