Reviews

28 Mar 2004 // 11:00 PM

	The Beatles: Revolver

The story is legend. Brian Wilson hears Rubber Soul, and is so blown away that he gets his Beach Boys together and makes Pet Sounds.

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Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)

In the sequel no one needs to see, the Scooby Gang grapples with the stress of stardom.

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26 Mar 2004 // 1:00 AM

Never Die Alone (2004)

King's funeral opens Never Die Alone, but his throbbing self-consciousness drives it.

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26 Mar 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Ladykillers (2004)

Pious, earnest, and broadly drawn, Marva is the first black character in a Coen brothers movie to occupy center stage. For a minute, anyway.

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James’ Journey to Jerusalem (2003)

Fashions a satire that skewers not only the hypocrisy of global capitalism but also the mores of contemporary Israel.

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26 Mar 2004 // 1:00 AM

Jersey Girl (2003)

Early in Jersey Girl, Ben Affleck cries. It's a grim and alarming moment.

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	Various Artists: Planet of the Popboomerang: A Global Pop Compilation

This shimmering Australian label knows what makes glorious pop, er, glorious. The home to such acts as the Richies and the Windmills, this label issued

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	Various Artists: Best of British Blues, Volumes 1 and 2

Forty years ago as Beatlemania was engulfing the planet, and the British Invasion was gearing up to cross the Atlantic, a powerful undercurrent of alternative

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25 Mar 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Voodoo Child: Baby Monkey

When Moby isn’t dishing out three or four of his daily musings on his official web site, he’s making music under a horde

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25 Mar 2004 // 11:00 PM

	The Vines: Winning Days

When the Australian garagesters the Vines landed in America in the summer of 2002, they arrived with a degree of hype that they couldn’t possibly

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25 Mar 2004 // 11:00 PM

The Streets: A Grand Don’t Come for Free

A Grand Don’t Come for Free is a masterpiece that makes other albums—the gray multitude of discs that fit neatly into a single genre or slap together a dozen thematically unrelated songs—seem like so many broken TVs.

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	Preston School of Industry: Monsoon

Poor Scott Kannberg. During his days in the seminal ‘90s band Pavement his tunes were overshadowed by those of his bandmate, Stephen Malkmus. Pavement called

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25 Mar 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Minus: Halldor Laxness

Maturity usually insinuates a weakening of energy, a loss of urgency, and a failing sense of youthful exuberance. And in the case of Minus’ sophomore

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25 Mar 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Myracle Brah: Treblemaker

Name your band Myracle Brah, and you’re asking for trouble, brah. Andy Bopp, the band’s progenitor, says that the intentional misspelling of “miracle”

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	Sondre Lerche: Two Way Monologue

I’m listening to Sondre Lerche and drinking tea on an unseasonably cold spring evening. It’s been a rather shit season so far. A

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Indigo Girls: All That We Let In

All That We Let In isn’t an earth-shaking album—it doesn’t even shake up the Indigo Girls catalog. But it’s certainly a comfortable continuation of the band’s work, and shouldn’t lose any of its appeal over time.

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25 Mar 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Hiroshima: The Bridge

Back in the mid-‘80s, local island television offered strange advertising crossovers: A Hawaiian songstress spun a bingo tank so folks could fill in the

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25 Mar 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Happy Mondays: Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches

Standing in the pre-soundcheck emptiness of New York City’s Mercury Lounge, without even my first drink in hand, setting up an amplifier and trying

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25 Mar 2004 // 11:00 PM

Cloud Cult: Aurora Borealis

Like Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Aurora Borealis is the rare album that has the musical merit to match its great making-of story.

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25 Mar 2004 // 11:00 PM

	cLOUDDEAD: Ten

You ever hear the one about how the world is just a battleground, a chessboard in a larger conflict between powers far beyond our comprehension,

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