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Die! Die! My Darling! (a.k.a. Fanatic) (1965)

Tallulah Bankhead was a walking mélange of Southern grande dame bitchiness, unapologetic hedonism, and an in-your-face performance style.

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8 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

In Eminem (née Marshall Mathers), Andre 'Dr. Dre' Young, found what most music critics deem as hip-hop's great white hope, and together, in 50 Cent, they found the next Biggie and Tupac rolled into one. Their Shady/Aftermath/G-Unit stronghold in the music industry positions them as a certified holy trinity.

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7 Aug 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Summer Hymns: Clemency

Wouldn’t it be nice if life were fairy-tale simple? Wouldn’t it be nice if the sun shone every day through stay-puff cumulus clouds

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7 Aug 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Panjabi MC: Beware

Missy Elliott’s “Get Yr Freak On” won many props a couple of years ago for introducing Indian rhythms to hip-hop and therefore pop radio.

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	Jim Lauderdale with Donna the Buffalo: Wait ‘Til Spring

Jim Lauderdale has been around for quite a while now. The singer-songwriter has never really received the attention he merits, but it hasn’t stopped

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7 Aug 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel [1] (SACD)

According to legend, Peter Gabriel went to see a Bruce Springsteen concert towards the end of his tenure in Genesis and suddenly realized that he

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	GoGoGo Airheart: Love My Life, Hate My Friends

If anyone stumbles across San Diego-based quartet GoGoGo Airheart, see if you can wheedle upcoming lotto numbers out of them, because these guys can see

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	Dead Meadow: Shivering King and Others

Washington, D.C.‘s Dead Meadow has already attracted an inordinate amount of attention, probably because they look like Weezer and allegedly aspire to sound

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7 Aug 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Alpinestars: White Noise

You gotta admit it’s a great story: Manchester duo Richard Woolgar and Glyn Thomas got their big break when a local promoter challenged them

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7 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

'Springsteen was my guinea pig,' Ceccola told me in a 1999 interview. 'He was how I really learned to take a decent picture.'

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7 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

George W. Bush brought his CEO ethic to the White House. And that's the problem.

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7 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

Why would someone who obviously has enough talent to be hired by a venerable institution feel the need to ruin themselves, and more importantly, shame the institution with which they are affiliated?

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7 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

S.W.A.T. (2003)

S.W.A.T. knows what it is, namely, an expensive, hyper-actionated, cd-selling, multi-raced and multi-buddied flick.

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7 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

Freaky Friday (2003)

It's good to see Jamie Lee Curtis acting like a 15-year-old.

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Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

Dirty Pretty Things is a film about beaten down, exhausted, tenaciously hopeful workers.

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7 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

Le Divorce (2003)

Like previous Merchant-Ivory productions, Le Divorce concerns culture clashes, disruptive expatriates, and squabbles over stuff.

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7 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

Camp (2003)

A patchwork quilt for the unloved misfits it glorifies and indulges, Todd Graff's 'Camp' has a quarter of the polish of 'Chicago', but three times the humanity.

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6 Aug 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Latin Jazz

In spite of the disclaimer in the liner notes, The Rough Guide to Latin Jazz does a fair job of covering the genre. The collection

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6 Aug 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Tindersticks: Waiting for the Moon

Tindersticks really are a creature of wonderful contradictions. Epic and intimate, uplifting and bleak, gentle and ballsy, experimental and traditional. Good and bad? No, no,

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	Thicke: A Beautiful World

Impressionism is most often thought of as a 19th century movement in painting where artists revolted against traditional representational styles in order to paint things

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	Gingersol: The Train Wreck Is Behind You

The first time you hear something by the band Gingersol, you instantly think, “Why isn’t this band more popular?” These guys have the goods,

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	Green Rode Shotgun: Bang

This old-style 45-rpm will never go out of trendy disc fashion. Just staring at it makes me want to get out the old record player

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6 Aug 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Blood Brothers: Burn Piano Island, Burn

As a self-ascribed music critic, I am expected to attain a certain level of professionalism, to maintain composure and remain stoic: untouched, unscathed and unmoved

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6 Aug 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Aspera: Oh Fantastica

The Pythagoreans were mistaken. The music of the spheres, they claimed, was an otherworldly harmony thought to have been created by the vibrations of the

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6 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

The ThermalsPhoto credit: Chelsea Mosher The Metro Club’s a pit. A sweaty hole with sticky floors and those florescent lights that make your eyeballs

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6 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

There are no stock cars here.A surgically precise pit crew will not change four tires in 28 seconds.Remembrances of Dale Earnhardt shall be postponed.

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6 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

Out Hud Need New Body For a long time, the indie rock audience wasn’t all that different from the Puritans. Strict, conservative dress code,

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Nina Nastasia Joel PhelpsPhoto credit: Gerard Cosloy The first truly sweltering hot summer night in Vancouver. Granville Street. Crowds milling under gaudy lights, cop cars

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6 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T StupidSamaritanScared StraightCinnamonBlue DiamondsIt’ll Be a BreezeScentShapesCar PartsNew GirlMedicine Cabinet Pirates John Roderick’s calloused feet

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6 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

Pearlene, who boast members of blues-rock heralds the Soledad Brothers, have a better grasp on the American roots tradition than many of their contemporaries, but

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6 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

I don’t know about you, but I’m already looking forward to the inevitable VH-1 I Love the ‘90s series. What I liked best

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Wigfield: The Can-Do Town That Just May Not by Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello, Stephen Colbert

But one of the most intriguing things about Amy Sedaris is her absolute lack of vanity. A gym-toned, beauty pageant blonde, she routinely adds pimples, hairs and warts to her pretty parts, wears fatty suits around town, and gleefully contorts herself in all sorts of grody ways. She's an enigma wrapped in a satire, wrapped in mock-irony, wrapped in a spoof.

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Under the Banner of Heaven: The Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer

The portrait of religion gone awry is a grim and harrowing one, where misogyny, racism, rape, incest, abuse and even murder can be justified, if ordered and sanctified by a personal God.

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The Miraculous Fever Tree, Malaria and the Quest for a Cure That Changed the World by Fiammetta Rocc

Rocco writes with a mature beauty and elegance that could be the polestar of any young writer of serious non-fiction.

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6 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

Little Doors by Paul Di Filippo

Economics seem to have given genre writers the idea that if something is worth doing as a short story, you might as well stretch it out, pad it up and stitch it together as a novel. Glance around the bookstore and it seems like mere scraps of imagination that might fuel a short story are routinely transformed into an entire series.

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Krakota: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883 by Simon Winchester

It seems oddly appropriate that Winchester ends his book with a personal journey, for this is a work of deep personal significance to him. It is also a book of tremendous importance to our understanding of the place of humans in the natural landscape.

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The British Working Class in Postwar Film by Philip Gillett

For in his sociological study of postwar Britain and the ways in which film portrayed the working class, the relationship between cinema as a means of popular entertainment and as a text is played out within the establishment of an historical context.

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	Various Artists: Music of the South Pacific: Recordings by David Fanshawe

Between 1978 and 1992, David Fanshawe traveled the Pacific, recording, photographing and writing about the cultures and people he met. ARC Music has released a 79-minute long

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	Various Artists: Dreamland: World Lullabies and Soothing Songs

This year, Putumayo World Music celebrates ten years bringing cultures together through music. The label, established in 1993 by Putumayo Clothing founder Dan Storper, has released

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	Denison Witmer: Recovered

Denison Witmer rightly received praise last year for Philadelphia Songs, a low-key effort that merged confessional lyrics and small-scale slices of geography. Witmer certainly wasn’

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5 Aug 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Switchfoot: The Beautiful Letdown

Here’s a summer album that’s not really like most others. While others sing of girls and love and heartbreak, Switchfoot uses its infectious

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Super Furry Animals: Phantom Power

Phantom Power sounds more understated and warmer than its predecessor, but still retains both the ambitious and ridiculously catchy elements that we’ve come to love from this band.

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	The Notwist: 12 / Shrink

With their first two albums, Germany’s The Notwist showed they were capable of some good, albeit ordinary, hard rock, skillfully meshing metal music with

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	The Jack McCoys: All the Weeping Cameras

“Shadow and light are everything in photography. They’re the equivalent of time and space (interval and form) in music.” —Photographer Michael McLuhan, Toronto Star

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5 Aug 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Gang Starr: The Ownerz

Every hip-hop album is a battle for hip-hop’s soul. Whether the rap is all about “takin’ it back to the old school” or “hittin’

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5 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

With the ratings that reality TV shows generate, it was only a matter of time before other media started trying to get a little piece of the pie. That's where DC Comics' new series 'H-E-R-O' by writer Will Pfiefer and artist Kano comes in.

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5 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

Milligan has explored and dredged popular culture with the regular title -- 'X-Statix' is about as meta-fictional as a comic gets -- 'Wolverine/Doop' is the comics equivalent of a buddy movie. The snarling clawed one is apparently best pals with Doop, the flying, green, bulbous, gibberish-speaking videographer of 'X-Statix'.

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5 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

Geoffrey Hawley is banking that readers don't need flashy costumes, out-of-this-world adventures, and recurring villains.

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5 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

What’s left to imitate after all the boys have taken every band name beginning with “the”, put on their skinny ties and tainted the

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	Ten Benson: Benson Burner

“I have seen the future of rock and roll and it is . . .” goes the famous saying regarding Bruce Springsteen. Well, if the future of rock

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	Silent Kids: Tomorrow Waits

Ever thought about revisiting that one crucial summer that changed your life, the one you wish you could do over? Maybe it was that first

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4 Aug 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Patti Smith: Horses

There’s a reason some things are clichés. My choice of Patti Smith’s Horses as an irreplaceable desert island keepsake must appear such

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4 Aug 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Secret Three: Northern and Industrial

Every so often you stumble upon an album that seems to just creep in from nowhere and claim its own little spot in the musical

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	The Notwist: The Notwist / Nook

Chances are, if you’re reading this review, you already either own, or at least have heard The Notwist‘s most recent album Neon Golden.

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	James Mathus Knockdown Society: Stop and Let the Devil Ride

Although he’s best known for forming Squirrel Nut Zippers with wife Katharine Whalen, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that James Mathus‘s true path

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	The Grip Weeds: The Sound Is in You

The cover art for the Grip Weeds’ recently remixed, remastered and re-released The Sound Is in You turns out to be an inadvertent warning of

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4 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

Imagining The Jerry Springer Show as the radical vanguard is unspeakably ludicrous. What politics does it address or challenge?

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4 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

'People would lay down their money and laugh and you'd see them walk out happy.'

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4 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

Who Wants to Marry My Dad?

Don and his children learn that one woman is so afraid of commitment that she hasn't had a boyfriend in seven years.

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4 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

Spider-Man

In Spider-Man's New York, adults are corrupt and irrational, as likely to thwart good deeds as to aid them.

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4 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

RENO 911!

The first episode begins with a cop busting into a home and shooting before asking questions, only to find that he's murdered the host of his own surprise party.

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4 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Restaurant

The Restaurant looks like Project Greenlight with saucepans.

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Frasier: The First Season

In Frasier's freshman season, those episodes pitting father against son are by far the most entertaining and touching.

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The Whole Wide World (1996)

Filmed with all the trappings of a pastoral love story -- truly breathtaking Texas vistas and a lovely score -- 'The Whole Wide World' is, ultimately, anything but.

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4 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

La Femme Nikita (1990)

If Nikita's appetites are boundless, so is her distrust.

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4 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

Better Than Sex (2000)

Jonathan Teplitzky's 'Better Than Sex' is more froth than substance, copulation as cappuccino.

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	Denison Witmer and the River Bends: The River Bends and Flows into the Sea

How do you define a “grower” when it comes to music? Most would probably answer that difficult and edgy albums are the ones that take

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	Two Gallants: The Throes

Two Gallants’ debut CD release, The Throes, is so earthy you might have to dust soil from it before sliding it into your player. It

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	Saxophone Summit (Mike Brecker, Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman): Gathering of Spirits

The group takes as one of its main planks the thesis (stated by Liebman) that “In his final years, Coltrane’s music included amazingly beautiful,

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2 Aug 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Race: If You Can

This is, first and foremost, an exquisitely produced album. After a brief hiatus in 2003, the Race, led by songwriter Craig Klein, approached leftfield electronic mavericks

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	Olympic Hopefuls: The Fuses Refuse to Burn

Weezer: a band, a phenomenon, a sound, a slacker-nerd approach to life. Thickly-rimmed shades, nostalgia, loneliness and anger being vented through garage rock rawness, paired

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	Miriam Makeba: Reflections

According to popular convention, South Africa was invented during the ‘80s. During the ‘80s, the Ladysmith Black Mambazo band was on Saturday Night Live, the

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	Living Things: Black Skies in Broad Daylight

Living Things want you to wake up. Uncuff your hands. Don’t just sit there with eyes glazed over, readily accepting everything you’re told.

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2 Aug 2003 // 11:00 PM

James Brown: Soul on Top

James Brown fans: you’re in for a real treat with Soul on Top. It’s been unavailable on compact disc since its original vinyl release, and the reissue sounds fantastic.

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Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003)

Fun as it is, demonstrates a little end-of-series fatigue.

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1 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

Gigli (2003)

His hair slicked back, his face set in an expression resembling impassivity, Larry Gigli (Ben Affleck) tends to philosophize with his marks.

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1 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Embalmer (L’ Imbalsamatore) (2002)

It is wonderfully indirect; it paints a complicated psychological landscape but doesn't make any of it explicit.

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1 Aug 2003 // 1:00 AM

American Wedding (2003)

Stifler's insufferable self-love is his special gift, of course, and what viewers love most about him.

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	Traffic: The Best of Traffic: The Millennium Collection

It is comforting to know that the record industry cares about the little guy. After all, why else would the Island/Universal group create the

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31 Jul 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Notwist: 12

The Notwist are an excellent example of how a band can reinvent itself and create something truly special. After two hardcore punk records, the Munich-based

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	Mott the Hoople: Greatest Hits

Of all the original architects of glam rock, Ian Hunter is one of the few to have made any long-term commitments to its preservation. While

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Macy Gray: The Trouble With Being Myself

The wonders of Macy Gray are multifarious. By turns ferocious and vulnerable, seductive and schemey, she appears an artist with range and ambition, not to mention a complex emotional history that informs everything she does.

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	Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart: Never Gonna Let You Go

While Must Be Live and Never Gonna Let You Go are Mark Stuart’s first turns sharing the marquee with Stacey Earle, he’s actually

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	The Deathray Davies: Midnight at the Black Nail Polish Factory

For every band that has found salvation in noise and good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll stomp, there’s another act for whom precision and

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31 Jul 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Chromatics: Chrome Rats vs. Basement Rutz

If our world tracked time by the music in our media rather than the calendars on our walls, 1981 and 2003 would be nearly identical twins. Except

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31 Jul 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Bonobo: Dial M for Monkey

You don’t think of chillout music as something that sneaks up behind you and throws you into a sonic headlock, but that’s more

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31 Jul 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Brand New: Deja Entendu

Yes, “déjà entendu” is related to “déjà vu”—I looked it up so you don’t have to. More specifically, the term is

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Outside of the hubbub of Top 40 are the hardworking artists who create what's known as indie pop -- catchy songs with a sincere edge written by masterful storytellers. PopMatters caught up with one of them -- New York-based Brady Brock - to get feel for what inspired his music.

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30 Jul 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Danny Wood: Second Face

Attention music fans: What’s worse than Justin Timberlake pretending to be Michael Jackson (something Corey Feldman did much better)? How about a former New

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30 Jul 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Waifs: Up All Night

The Waifs, an Australian trio, haves been going non-stop for the past couple of years with a touring schedule that would even make Bob Dylan

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	Toshack Highway vs. Sianspheric: Magnetic Morning/Aspirin Age

Rather than bemoan the shoegazing’s demise, perhaps we should be thankful that some of the movement’s leading figures are still making quality music.

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	Spirit: The Best of Spirit [re-release with bonus tracks]

During its brief career, the band Spirit represented a perplexing amalgam of musical tastes. Part jazz, part rock, part god knows what, Spirit was hailed

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	William Parker Violin Trio: Scrapbook

Violin, bass and drums: this set includes the second tribute to (one of my heroes) Jimmy Garrison that I’ve seen and, of course, heard

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30 Jul 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Suzy Bogguss: Swing

Suzy Bogguss was a full-fledged country music star in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, showing up at her concerts complete with shiny white cowgirl

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30 Jul 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Audio Bullys: Ego War

When Mike Skinner composed the masterful album Original Pirate Material under the moniker The Streets, it was a watershed moment for young, British, Caucasian, hip-hop

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The Psychology of War: Comprehending Its Mystique and Its Madness by Lawrence LeShan

LeShan is not a peacenik; he does not claim that war is never justified. He does argue, however, that mythic wars are dangerous. They impair people's ability to think rationally and make informed decisions.

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30 Jul 2003 // 1:00 AM

Pie to Spoilt by  Chong Tze Chien

Affluence, academic competitiveness, early successes (getting it all right by your early 30s), neuroses, conspiracy theories, and crass materialism are some of the themes, metaphors, metonyms, and descants explored by young Singaporean playwright, Chong Tze Chien.

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30 Jul 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst

The book flap suggests a mystery: ''strange clues' in their home: books rearranged on their shelves, a mysterious phone call, and other suggestions that nothing about Lexy's last afternoon was quite what it seemed.'' It's a great hook. If only the story were what it seemed.

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30 Jul 2003 // 1:00 AM

Candy by Mian Mian

A rock 'n' roll drug addict love story that was banned by the government four months after it was first published but soon pirated versions appeared on the street and flourished.

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30 Jul 2003 // 1:00 AM

Chaucer’s Queer Nation by Glenn Burger

In the end, Burger's argument hinges less on concrete examples of homosexuality in Chaucer's works, but rather, the notion of personalization in the writings, telling more about who a character is, and broader still, how a culture is defined.

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'Hopscotch' is Anchored in Walter Matthau's Playful, Irascible Personality

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"With his novel, Hopscotch, Brian Garfield challenged himself to write a suspenseful spy tale in which nobody gets killed.

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