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January 2006

19 Ridiculous Moments from the Michael Jackson Trial

James Greene Jr. gathers highlights from the most recent trial of the still-very-young century.

The Top 19 Independent Albums of 2005

Andrew Ellis picks his top 19 independently-released records of 2005.

I listened to what?!?

James Mann finds that even he thinks his musical soundtrack to 2005 was weird.

The Top 19 Deaths of 2005

Carl F Gauze selects the 19 most important public figures to pass away in the last 12 months. Sad -- but true!

Interviews

Asamov

Remember the name. Shelton Hull brings us up to speed on Jacksonville's hottest rap property.

Charlotte Summer

Who has the courage to not only cover the Cure's immortal New Wave prom classic "Just Like Heaven," but also name her CD after New Order's equally beloved "Bizarre Love Triangle"? Kyrby Raine talks to San Francisco's Charlotte Summer.

Music Reviews

Music A

Acid Mothers Temple & Melting Paraiso UFO/Escapade

A Thousand Shades of Grey (Funfudervierzig). Review by Aaron Shaul.

The Aquabats

Charge! (Nitro Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Astarte

Sirens (Cleopatra Records ). Review by Matthew Moyer.

The Auto Body Experience

Forgotten Lots (Dental Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music B

Danny Barnes

Get Myself Together (Terminus). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Adam Barta

Dirty Girls (Aquetra Media). Review by Kyrby Raine.

BC Camplight

Hide, Run Away (One Little Indian). Review by Sean Slone.

Tim Bertulli

Movin' On (self-released). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Jeff Black

Tin Lily (Dualtone). Review by Sean Slone.

Bluebottle Kiss

Come Across (In Music We Trust). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Karli Bonne

Dream to Extremes (Guruproject). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Bottom of the Hudson

Songs From the Barrel Commando (Happy Home). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music C

Cantona

A Sort of Smile (self-release). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

Brian Capps

Walk Through Walls (Hightone). Review by Sean Slone.

The Chasm

Spell Of Retribution (Earache/Wicked World). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Citay

Citay (Important). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Clarinet Thing

Agony Pipes and Misery Sticks (BC Records). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

Client

City (Mute Records ). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Le Concorde

Universe and Villa (March). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Steve Conway

It's About Time (self-released). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Robert Cray

Twenty (Sanctuary Records Group). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music D

Dandi Wind

Bait the Traps (Bongo Beat). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

Dead Kennedys

Live at the Deaf Club (Manifesto Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Depeche Mode

Playing The Angel (Sire/Reprise/Mute). Review by Jorge C. Galban.

Music E

Danny Epps

Rumors of the Truth (StarPlay Records). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Music F

Robbie Fulks

Georgia Hard (Yep Roc). Review by Sean Slone.

Music H

Heston Rifle

What To Do at Time of Accident... (Ernest Jenning Record Co.). Review by Kiran Aditham.

The Hidden Hand

Mothers, Teachers, Destroyers (Southern Lord Records ). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Frida Hyvonen

Until Death Comes (Licking Fingers). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music I

Idaho

The Lone Gunman (Idaho). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Indie Translations of Usher

Indie Translations of Usher (Urabon Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Music K

The Kentucky Headhunters

Big Boss Man (Sony ATV Music). Review by Carl F Gauze.

The Kingdom Flying Club

Non-Fiction/Sumatra Fox (Emergency Umbrella). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music L

Jens Lekman

Oh You're So Silent Jens (Secretly Canadian). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Little Plastic Pilots

self titled (Kanpai/Domo). Review by Ben Varkentine.

Music M

Bain Mattox

Prizefighter (self-released). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Mon Frere

Real Vampires EP (Cake). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Monday Morning

Fool's Paradise (Selectric). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Andrew Morgan

Misadventures in Radiology (Sonic Boom). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Shawn Mullins

Ninth Ward Pickin' Parlour (Vanguard Records). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Music N

Nolan

Subject to Flooding (Glitter Kitty Records). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Music O

Lee Offenhauer

Passages (Skylight Music). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Orange

Welcome to the World of... (HellCat). Review by Jen Cray.

Orphan Train

Orphan Train (Surprise Truck Entertainment). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Music P

Dave Pahanish

Live Acoustic (self-released). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Music R

The Rembrandts

Choice Picks (Fuel 2000). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Kimberley Rew

Essex Hideaway (Bongo Beat). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

Andrew Roudny

Zero Words or Less (self-released). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Music S

Saint Vitus

V (Southern Lord Records ). Review by Matthew Moyer.

EJ Sebian

Ontogeny (Self-released). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Secret Annexe

What is it About This Place? (Ocelot). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Robert Skoro

That These Things Could Be Ours (Yep Roc). Review by Sean Slone.

Sky Saw

Sky Saw (Lithiq). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Son Volt

Okemah and the Melody of Riot (Transmit Sound). Review by Aaron Shaul.

The Spoiled Chefs

Songs About Food (Moe's Haven). Review by Carl F Gauze.

The Strugglers

You Win (Acuarela). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Superstars #1 Hits Remixed

Superstars #1 Hits Remixed (Sony/BMG). Review by Ben Varkentine.

Music U

Usurper

Cryptobeast (Earache Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music V

Armin Van Buuren

Shivers (Ultra). Review by Kiran Aditham.

Veronica Lipgloss & The Evil Eyes

The Witch's Dagger (GSL). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Von Iva

Von Iva (Cochon). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music X

XXL

Ciautistico! (Important). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Screen Reviews

Hostel

A backpacking adventure in a small Slovakian town turns deadly. Brittany Sturges gets the chills.

Tony Takitani

Master of surrealist literature, Haruki Murakami, gets his first silver screen treatment. Aaron Shaul lets you in on why it's a gem.