Thursday, May 26, 2005

Review - With the Hands of the Hunter It All Becomes Dead

Artist: Summerbirds in the Cellar

Posted on Thu, May 26, 2005 at 4:00 AM

Most bands navigate their way through their formative phase by following a tried and true formula: Form the group, write a few songs, play some shows, write some more songs, play some more shows. Then, when enough songs have been amassed, an album is recorded that, more often than not,...

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Review - Copycat Killers

Artist: Cobra Verde

Posted on Thu, May 26, 2005 at 4:00 AM

I would have thought a gimmick record would be beneath John Petkovic, the creative engine who made Cobra Verde a fascinating rock & roll force for years. Well, not only does Copycat Killers abandon the concept of original material, it also abandons much of CV's raw recklessness. What's been substituted...

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Review - Cardinal

Artist: Cardinal

Posted on Thu, May 26, 2005 at 4:00 AM

"You've Lost Me There" may well be one of the most beautifully perfect and beautifully sad pop songs ever recorded, the kind of song that's as solidly effective as it is wispy and insubstantial. It's the kind of song you play over and over again because you can't get enough...

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Review - Candlemass

Artist: Candlemass

Posted on Thu, May 26, 2005 at 4:00 AM

When Candlemass is compared to Black Sabbath, the reference usually evokes Sabbath's dirgey early output, especially since Candlemass is routinely lumped in with the doom-metal movement. Yet this self-titled album – the first in 16 years with vocalist Messiah Marcolin – is far more evocative of the crunchy locomotion of...

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Review - Everything Ecstatic

Artist: Four Tet

Posted on Thu, May 26, 2005 at 4:00 AM

If Four Tet's Rounds didn't make it onto every respectable music publication's 10-best list in 2003, it came damn close. The London-based producer is called Kieran Hebden when discussing Fridge, the U.K. outfit in which he played guitar, but when alluding to his gorgeous, textured, electronic solo stuff and his...

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MEX IS MALL RIGHT

Posted on Thu, May 26, 2005 at 4:00 AM

The first mall food experience I remember is slurping down an Orange Julius after buying my very first pair of pegged, zipper-on-the-bottom jeans. My obsession with the jeans didn't last, but I can't say the same for the fabulous string of selections I discovered thereafter at the mall: bubblegum-flavored popcorn,...

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LOVING THE ALIEN

Movie: The Nomi Song

Posted on Thu, May 26, 2005 at 4:00 AM

****1/2
Our Rating: 4.50 An androgynous, vaguely robotic alien character who can belt out an aria as easily as a Lou Christie number? Only in New York and only in the late '70s and early '80s. The Nomi Song documents both the character mentioned above – Klaus Nomi – and the...

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TERRIER FIRMA

Movie: Unleashed

Posted on Thu, May 26, 2005 at 4:00 AM

***
Our Rating: 3.00 French filmmaker Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, La Femme Nikita) has been notably absent from behind the camera since his last directing job, 1999's Joan of Arc epic, The Messenger. Instead, through producing and writing, he's been building a cottage industry of films that quite literally kick...

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Movie: The Longest Yard

Posted on Thu, May 26, 2005 at 4:00 AM

**
Our Rating: 2.00 This remake of the 1974 film The Longest Yard – with Adam Sandler in Burt Reynolds' role of a convicted football superstar – follows the film formula du jour: There are lots of sight gags (like the endless exploitation of one prisoner's big, fat, ripe-as-tripe belly and...

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LOVING THE ALIEN

Movie: The Nomi Song

Posted on Thu, May 26, 2005 at 4:00 AM

****1/2
The Nomi Song Length: 1 hour, 36 minutes Studio: Palm Pictures Website: http://www.thenomisong.com/ Release Date: 2005-05-31 Cast: Gabriele Lafari, David McDermott, David Bowie, Klaus Nomi, Ann Magnuson Director: Andrew Horn Screenwriter: Andrew Horn Music Score: Alexandra Baltarzuk WorkNameSort: The Nomi Song Our Rating: 4.50 An androgynous, vaguely robotic alien character...

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