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August 31, 2005;/h3>

{     Jamie Lidell- Multiply     }    

lidell.jpg This ain�t the Warp Records you�re accustomed to. If I told you that this label ( most known for electronic pioneers like Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, and Autechre) had released the best �blue-eyed soul� album to come along in years you�d probably be skeptical, and I wouldn�t blame you...but that�s exactly what happened. If you�ve heard Jamie Lidell�s solo efforts or collaborations before and think you know where he�s coming from, you still ain�t heard nothing yet. This album is much more soulful than anything the talented British singer/producer has ever released. Everything's here for the modern soul fan from the Stevie Wonder-ish �When I Come Back Around�, to the funky Prince flavored �A Little Bit More�, to the Otis Redding-esque title track �Multiply� which sounds like some long lost recording that Rob Gordon (from High Fidelity the book, not the film) would have wet his pants over. Some tracks feature some electronic backings which makes Multiply the perfect balance of vintage soul and futuristic other words this is a prime example of new school take on old school soul. If your itching to delve further into some synkronized soul be on the lookout for Jamiroquai�s new album Dynomite (just released in the UK). - Written by Jay, read more of his reviews at

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August 22, 2005;/h3>

{     Illustration Mundo     }    

Illustration Mundo - where illustration gets all the love


August 21, 2005;/h3>

{     Cool Calm Pete - Lost     }    

coolcalmpete-copy.jpg Alright, I realize that I'm in the minority here, but I fucking hate summer. Hate it. Call me Crabby Appleton or whatever, fuck it, summer can eat a dick. You cant do a single goddamn thing without breaking a sweat. Forget going outside anyway cause all you see are these little bastards zippin around everywhere, talking about text messaging and bumping their goddamn Gwen Stefani (bananas R.I.P.). The all-invasive cumulative stench of societys collective asshole permeates the atmosphere and all you want is for the goddamn sun to go down (word to Peter Murphy). So when I tell you that this album put a smile on this cranky-ass old-mans sunburnt face, you better take notice, ya little bastard, cause Cool Calm Pete is straight crushing the competition on some ol Grape Bonkers-type shit.

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August 20, 2005;/h3>

{     We Are Aiko     }    

We Are Aiko - fresh like whoa


August 15, 2005;/h3>

{     Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - self-titled     }    

Believe the hype. Even if you've never heard of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah before reading this sentence, you'll have little difficulty tracking down praise for their live show or this self-titled debut album. It's not thanks to any sort of gratuitous press effort or national ad campaign either, these kids are getting big-ups through sheer word of mouth goodness alone. And it's all entirely well-deserved as there's just something incredibly fresh and undeniably wonderful about the CYHSY sound. Part of this album's appeal lies in just how different it sounds from the current crop of rock. It's a nice balance of art-rock smarts and indie-pop hooks, smile-inducing rhythms and cascading walls of noise. It's the kind of thing you just want to run right out and tell three friends about. That's not to say that this album is for everyone, and maybe that too is part of the attraction. It's accessibility is tempered by an eclecticism and knack for experimentation that not everybody is going to love, and singer Alec Ounsworth's reedy, nasally, David Byrne-esque delivery is designed to cut through the bandwagon-jumpers, leaving only the faithful onboard the good ship Clap Your Hands.



August 14, 2005;/h3>

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August 11, 2005;/h3>

{     Gary Baseman - Creamy - Four Color Serigraph Print     }    

Dr. Baseman delivers a little bit of his trademark soft-serve happy/sad with this delectable print, available through his website for the paltry sum of 20 US dollars. This little guy is offered in a limited edition of 450, and each piece is signed and numbered. At 4.75 x 3.5, this print is compact enough to be placed just about anywhere, and just cute and glum enough to distract you from the tragic pointlessness of your own existence. For those in the market for something a bit larger, check out the somewhat bigger Infinity Girl piece, the almost twice-as-big Open Wounds - Bunny Skull print, or the ginormous-by-comparison Open Wounds Show Poster, and be prepared to adjust your spending accordingly. All are beautiful limited editions and if you've been aching to own some Baseman there's officially no reason not to indulge your desires.



August 10, 2005;/h3>

{     Abandon Building Records - Assemblage     }    

This nifty comp marks the first release from blip-blop label Abandon Building Records, combining tracks from their own small but mighty roster of artists with contributions from a variety of other folks, culminating in a really solid blend of eclectic electro. Funky-ass beats fade into twitchy ambient noise tracks, bizarre sung choruses collide with spoken-word raps, and violins moan over glitch-pop rhythms. It's all united by a very organic lo-fi vibe, and unlike most (if not all) small label comps, it works as a whole; you can simply relax into it's groove and let it play out without feeling the need to jump over anything. Though several different styles are present, it never feels disjointed; it's that rare compilation that feels like a best-friend's mixtape and not a cheap marketing tool.

     » Abandon Building Records


{     13 Documentaries You Should See Immediately.     }    

A Baker's Dozen...

1. "The Freshest Kids - A History of the B-Boy" by Israel.
2. "Pie in the Sky - The Brigid Berlin Story" by Shelly Dunn Fremont and Vincent Fremont.
3. "Theremin - An Electronic Odyssey" by Steven M. Martin.
4. "When We Were Kings" by Leon Gast.
5. "Sherman's March: A Mediation to the Possibility of Romantic Love in the South During an Era of Nuclear Weapons Proliferation" by Ross McElwee.
6. "Nico-Icon" by Susanne Ofteringer
7. "Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam" by Nick Broomfield.
8. "Timothy Leary's Dead" by Paul Davids.
9. "Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows" by Paul Jay.
10. "Big City Dick: Richard Peterson's First Movie" by Ken Harder, Scott Milam, and Todd Pottinger.
11. "Blacktop: A Story of the Washing of a School Play Yard" by Charles and Ray Eames.
12. "Whole" by Melody Gilbert.
13. "Gap-Tooth Women" by Les Blank.


August 6, 2005;/h3>

{     Leela James     }    

leela.jpgFans of very solid soul should pick up the latest release from a Ms. Leela James. If this were a piece of vinyl - I may be in trouble - it has been in heavy rotation among my favorite albums right now. A Change is Gonna Come, gets its title from the 1964 socially charged civil rights anthem by Sam Cooke. In fact, Leela credits most of her style to the soul singers from back in the day, such as Gladys Knight, Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin, and Chaka Kahn. Although this album sounds like it could have been born in the mid 70s, it features todays hottest producers, such as Raphael Saadiq, Wyclef Jean, and the ubiquitous Kanye West. Much credit also goes to James Poyser (of the famed Axis Music Studio) and Chucky Thompson as well for creating Leela's silky sound. Contributed by Ness

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{     Ultraviolent Movies: From Sam Peckinpah to Quentin Tarantino     }    

ultraviolent.JPG Craving a bit of the old ultraviolence? Well look no further... First off I feel compelled to mention that this book is not without flaws. My major gripe (and probably yours too) is that that most of these fims could be found at your local Blockbuster. Now, at face value that might not mean much but for those seeking to find slightly more obscure titles this could pose a problem. Other than John Woo there is nothing mentioned of ultraviolent Asian films like Shohei Imamura's Vengeance is Mine, Takeshi Kitano's Violent Cop, or Ringo Lam's Burning Paradise. Though sporadic, this includes chapters like: The Mafia and Gangs, Killer Couples, New Breed, New Blood (which is mostly about Quentin Tarantino), Revenge, Psychos, To Protect and Serve, and Flesh and Blood. There are brief descriptions, some discussions with directors, and some expanations as to why critics either hated films or loved 'em. Some films even get a section based on a particularly famous scene within. Many well known movies are discussed (Dirty Harry, Clockwork Orange), as well as some lesser-known films (Man Bites Dog, Henry: Portrait of A Serial Killer, Walking Tall). The pros however far outwiegh the cons. If your'e looking to further enhance your ultraviolence experience checkout The Blood Poets by Jake Horsley. - Written by Jay, read more of his reviews at

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Film & TV

August 5, 2005;/h3>

{     The Last House on the Left     }    

lasthouse.jpg Long before Wes Craven brought Freddy Krueger into your nightmares or made you Scream, he made this gruesome slasher flick (his very first film, in fact) and trust me this ain�t the Wes Craven you know. The plot unravels after a couple of sadistic convicts escape from prison, take two girls hostage, and then go on a thrill-crazy monstrous rampage. After it becomes apparent that the girls are missing their parents call the local law enforcement into the mix. At this point it becomes hard to get into detail without giving too much of the film away, so I'll just note that things begin to take an unexpected twist. This film has it�s share of flaws...the akward comic relief cops for instance or the dreamy folk music which clearly sets the wrong tone. However this is still an entertaining ride that has all the appeal of a low-budget art house film (...which it is). Note:this film is Unrated. - Written by Jay, read more of his reviews at

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August 1, 2005;/h3>

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