Linda Linda Linda – Review

February 1, 2008

Four Japanese girls in a band are set to perform at their high school’s festival when one of the girls is injured and can no longer play. Controversy ensues.

The Beatles Press Reports – Review

January 1, 2008

The articles appear year-by-year, and you feel like you’ve gone back in time while you read them, as if you’re experiencing the Beatles phenomenon first-hand.

Puffy Amiyumi – Hi Hi – Review

May 9, 2005

The official soundtrack to theiranimated series, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, on Cartoon Network. It’s far superior to the 2002 An Illustrated History Of (on Bar None).

Lene Marlin – Another Day – Review

April 18, 2005

A catchy yet lingering acoustic-based pop gem as heartfelt as anything by Dido or Norah Jones. Not an album you listen to, it’s an album you experience.

De-Lovely – Review

March 7, 2005

Kevin Kline is masterful – and often barely recognizable – as legendary composer Cole Porter (1893-1964) in this biopic that doubles as a musical. Ashley Judd, finally free from the realm of bad suspense thrillers, also delivers her best work in years, deeply affecting in the role of his highly-supportive wife and muse, Linda Porter. It’s never easy to cram someone’s life into a two hour film, but director Irwin Winkler and writer Jay Cocks have made an earnest effort. From Paris to Venice, and Broadway to Hollywood, there’s little ground they don’t cover, the downside being that much of the film feels like a montage.

Miss Kittin – I Com – Review

January 10, 2005

Miss Kittin & The Hacker’s First Album was a genre-defining disc. That genre, of course, is electroclash. I Com, her first solo album, is quite an achievement.

Velvet Revolver – Contraband – Review

December 13, 2004

Contraband is a fantastic ALBUM, something you’ll want to play from start to finish, not unlike G N’ R’s Appetite For Destruction or the first few STP discs.

Mylene Farmer – Remixes – Review

November 15, 2004

Remixes is quite fascinating, not just because of who did the remixes, but because of how fluid it is. Quite a coup to get these cats to remix French pop.

Patricia Kaas – Sexe Fort – Review

November 15, 2004

Kaas returned to her roots as a jazz and blues-influenced French pop diva. She knows what she does best, and that’s belt out emotional songs en français.

Ysa Ferrer – Made in Japan – Review

May 23, 2004

French pop diva Ysa Ferrer has released her first single since 1999’s “A Flash In the Night” in the form of the equally bilingual “Made in Japan.”

Robbie Williams – Live at Knebworth – Review

May 23, 2004

Live at Knebworth – entitled Live Summer 2003 outside of the UK (not released in the U.S. under any title) – features the highlights of the performances over 375,000 people saw over the three nights in August 2003.

Import Zone – Column

May 23, 2004

“Good evening everybody, my name is Robbie Williams, this is my band, and you are about to witness the best show in the world right now!”

Seksu Roba – Pleasure Vibrations – Review

March 22, 2004

I suppose it’s called Pleasure Vibrations because the theremin is one of the primary instruments. Seksu Roba is also down with le mini-Moog, but their music sounds more like Felix Da Housecat, Ladytron, and Miss Kittin to me.

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