Remixed and Reimagined
A whole album of remixes is an unwieldy proposition, but Remixed and Reimagined is an effective exercise in establishing a new context for the work of Nina Simone.
The Lesser Birds of Paradise
A slow-moving, emotionally powerful album for particular tastes.
As eclectic as its title would suggest, Jazzanova's Broad Casting is a compilation of downtempo and broken beat music by some of today's most interesting electronic artists.
Outlaw Country: Austin City Limits - Live from Austin, TX
There's something downright pleasant and wholesome about the whole thing. The amiable atmosphere may make the CD enjoyable to listen to, but this also has a downside.
Maher Shalal Hash Baz
You have to have a very high level of musicianship to sound good when you are busy trying to sound like an amateur.
Hell Under the Skullbones
A short, but sweet exploration of the dark side of the human condition -- complete with drinking songs!
A sonically interesting musical journey.
Cari Lee and the Saddle-ites
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Western swing revivalists know how to have fun, but fail to outshine their heroes.
7.Oct.06: New York, NY
Harvey “I had visions, I was in them, I was looking into the mirror” Danger are poised to surf a Nada-style wave back to respectability. But, will it work?
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Radio Birdman Does the Pop Again: An Interview
By Jennifer Kelly
[26.Oct.06] :. After 20 years of hiatus and 10 of Australia-only dates, the legendary Radio Birdman is finally touring the US. PopMatters talks to Deniz Tek and Rob Younger about the early days at Sydney's Fun House, their frustrated first run at a US audience, their 1996 reunion, and the confluence of factors that resulted in a new album and a full-scale trek through America.
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From the Cheap Seats: Face-Painters, Cheese Heads, and Other Revolutionaries
By Tobias Peterson
[26.Oct.06] :. Fans who show up sporting a wedge of plastic cheese on their heads, or wearing nothing but a barrel and suspenders, or dousing themselves in purple paint are really just the modern-day, class-defying equivalents of flatulent giants, cross-dressing jesters, and juggling scullery maids of the Renaissance.
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The first real literary look at Antoine "Fats" Domino and his legitimate claim as the true king of rock and roll is an ambitious but frequently overreaching book.
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State of Emergency 2 is without some of the faults of its predecessor, but also without its campy redeeming values.
A touching story that is far more genuine and enjoyable than most "flashy" comics or graphic novels out there.
Film / TV
In a digital animation era, where cartoons are meticulously rendered, Nightmare plays the role of elder statesman.
:. The Prestige
An appropriate alternative title for this season of Project Runway might be Project Run Amok.
Dr. Mabuse sits at the center of a vast web of criminal enterprise, manipulating international fortunes, overseeing a counterfeiting operation and an unknown number of murderers and thieves.
What would have happened to European jazz without Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer? Fortunately, we'll never know.
Boy on a Stick and Slither
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Out Of My Head
by Scotty Carlson
by Buddy Hickerson
by Doug Savage
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