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Avatar — Savages not just Noble, but Neon

I checked this out last night, and as a cinematic entertainment I really enjoyed it.  As a movie it’s much, much better than “Titanic,” which was an immensely successful entertainment, but also mawkish, sentimental and plodding.  Avatar is a more rigorously plotted and realized piece of film making, and gets points for advancing the state […]

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Curfew for minors begins tonight — the ways the IC Police will abuse it.

Selective enforcement.  White kids dressed to blend in? No problem. Black & Hispanic kids? OPEN SEASON! License to roust ANYONE in a parked car, to check their age. Use age checks to finagle probable cause for searches. With the curfew as a pretext, police can accost anyone for ‘standing around in public.’  From there, anything […]

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Brittany Murphy's Lesser Known Movies

So, writing about a movie star when they die isn’t exactly my thing, but Brittany Murphy dying got to me. And I wouldn’t write about it at all except that through random trolling for movies with Melissa, I saw a few of her lesser known movies that were interesting. To wit: Sidewalks of New York […]

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Album Review: Joe McNertney | Colloquialisms

Joe McNertney Colloquialisms Mr. McNerty is one of Eric Rohm’s collaborators in The Noble Octopus, and like his label mate on the enigmatically named Pelletier Comes Alive! label, McNerty is not a shouter.  This CD is anchored in the acoustic folk songwriting tradition, but also contains generous helpings of sonic experimentation.  Some stuff he does […]

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Album Review: Noble Octopus | Noble Octopus

The Noble Octopus The Noble Octopus The Noble Octopus was started by Eric Rohn and friends at Grinnell College before moving to Iowa City. With the emphasis on clean guitar sounds and low-key vocals they recall the softer side of Yo La Tengo. The Steve Reich-esque looped guitar piece “Droplets and Isolations” immediately had me […]

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Iowa City Police, Department of Pointless Harassment

As detailed here in the Daily Iowan, long time Iowa City Artist Virginia Visker was arrested a week ago on drug charges. She was in jail for nearly a week in Manchester, Iowa due to overcrowding at the jail, but was finally released a couple days ago. You may not think you know Virginia, but […]

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The White Tornado: Album Review

The White Tornado Seek Shelter www.white2rnado.com The White Tornado is keyboardist Bill Peterson, who’s been playing shows around Iowa City for some time. Seek Shelter, his debut record, showcases his facility with the piano and organ, not to mention his puckish sense of humor. Stylistically he’s not stuck in any one genre for long, but two […]

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