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	The Finishing School: Destination Girl

Her name is Sasha Bell, she plays keyboards and sings in the E6-affiliated Essex Green and the Ladybug Transistor, and the Finishing School is

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25 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Dido: Life for Rent

Dido‘s first true claim-to-fame was being a part of Eminem’s “Stan”, but since that time she has done more than very well, thank

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25 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Beulah: Yoko

Does anyone know if Beulah is breaking up? Seriously, help me out here. There was talk earlier this year that the Bay Area sextet was

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25 Sep 2003 // 2:03 AM

PopMatters Music Critic Michael Christopher uncovers the drive that keeps Comes With the Fall going -- DIY style.

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25 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

'The American Effect' follows an important trend in contemporary visual art exhibitions, fusing visual representation with research on global realities.

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Scenes From a Long Sleep: New & Collected Poems by Peter Didsbury

He writes in the long tradition of the English eccentric, weirdly both inhabiting and residing somewhere outside of normal reality.

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25 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Parasites Like Us by Adam Johnson

Set in the future, anthropology professor Hank Hannah recounts the happenings and peculiarities of modern Homo sapien life.

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Last to Die by James Grippando

The perfect combination of cocky superhero and romantic leading man, Swytek is a guy who's seen it all and lived to tell the tale.

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25 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Journal of the Dead by Jason Kersten

Set in 'Rattlesnake' Canyon, New Mexico -- where the friends stop to camp for a night -- and stocked with colorful local characters, Journal of the Dead is steeped in elements of pulp fiction.

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25 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

She's yearning for love, or independence, or a lasting exit from the States, where melancholy memories surround her.

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25 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Rundown (2003)

The Rock doesn't want to hurt 'em, but he just can't help it.

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25 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Bubba Ho-Tep (2003)

Bubba Ho-Tep has everything one might expect from a movie directed by Don Coscarelli (the Phastasm series) and starring Bruce Campbell.

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25 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Anything Else (2003)

The idea of Woody Allen teaching high school English is a funny idea, and Anything Else leaves it at that: a funny idea.

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	The Waitresses: The Best of the Waitresses (The Millennium Collection)

Far be it from me to herald so-called one (or two) hit wonders of the ‘80s, but damn it, the Waitresses were one fucking great

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24 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Villas: Set for Life

Any marriage can have its trials, but when husband and wife team together to make music, one can only applaud that extra effort. When listening

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	Calvin Richardson: 2:35 PM

Calvin Richardson‘s debut disc, Country Boy, was the most slept-on R&B recording of the past five years. Possessing a voice that was

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24 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Stacie Orrico: self-titled

What does a 17-year-old female pop singer usually sing about? Boys, womanhood, and stardom are some usual suspects. It’s a bonus if the artist

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	The Oranges Band: All Around

Invariably, indie bands are subject to scrutiny upon the release of their inaugural LPs. Inquiries ranging from “Who does the band sound like?” to “Are

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24 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Medicine: The Mechanical Forces of Love

After I heard My Bloody Valentine carve beauty out of violent guitar noise and make vibrant feedback sound like heaven, I—much like the realm

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	Thelonious Monk: Criss-Cross

For beginners, this is as good as any introduction to Monk’s music, with every quartet member at his best and playing with an assurance

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24 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

It wasn't until I disembarked in Narita, with my bottle of French brandy and Eiffel Tower mug and Polish soccer scarf and amber bracelet from the darkest Slavic forests, that I reentered the world of the living.

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24 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Run of the House

It is so inundated with clichés that it's hard to differentiate it from every sitcom you've seen since childhood.

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24 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Mullets

Despite its abject celebration of all things trailer park, The Mullets actually sports an impressive television pedigree.

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24 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Happy Family

Happy Family's bleak view of the family unit and its strong undertones of parental disillusionment are refreshing at a time when sitcoms have gone warm and fuzzy.

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24 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Australian Idol

The show's own contradictions reveal that even the judges are confused as to just what makes an Australian Idol.

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	Tokyo Sex Destruction: Le Red Soul Communitte (10 Points Program)

In their promotional materials, this hard rock band from Spain trumpet their debt to the MC5, and indeed, it’s unmistakable, from the innumerable variations

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23 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	South: With the Tides

Like many British bands, South garnered rabid press in UK mags before their full-length debut was even recorded. On the strength of several 7” releases and

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23 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Charlie Rouse / Red Rodney: Social Call

Name a jazz artist and Rouse either shared the stage, played a session date, or spent time with him or her on the road or

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23 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Riptones: Slant 6

What is it about a rockabilly album, where you can look at its tracklist before hearing a single note, and know that you’ve got

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23 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Neptunes: Clones

Let me first get out of the way how incredible I think the Neptunes are. Sugar before shank, my mom always says. Like hip-hop auteur,

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23 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	B.B. King: Reflections

In the popular, post-rock history of music, before 1955, most white listeners wallowed in a sugary wasteland of Tin Pan Alley professionalism until either “Rock Around

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23 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Richard Ho’opi’i: Ululani

If you want to know about vocal ranges, listen to the opening track of Ululani, Richard Ho’opi’i's debut album: his bass, baritone, tenor,

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23 Sep 2003 // 10:00 PM

Sometimes, when reality gets too unreal, you have to let unreality become real.

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23 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

I’ve been told there’s nothing like a showcase concert, and the coming out show thrown for the Stills by their new label, Vice

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23 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Shins’ James MercerPhoto credit: Debra Zeller The Shins are fantastic. When I say fantastic, I’m not speaking of their musical ability or creative

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23 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

How far can you take one joke? That’s really the only question that comes to mind on August 30 at Chicago’s House of Blues.

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23 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Kings of Leon Jet Rock of Ages The eve of 9/11 (slight return). Panic in the streets of Gotham. All praises to the holy soul and

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John Mellencamp :. e-mail this article:. print this article:. comment on this article Cabin Fever I was eating Neil Young when the highest points of my

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23 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Every aspiring rock star, before he embarks upon his career, should be handed a list of things never to say to an audience. On this

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	Trailer Bride: Hope Is a Thing with Feathers

Emily Dickinson once said, “If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know

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22 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Rancid: Indestructible

A decade ago Epitaph Records added a group of hungry young punks from Berkeley, CA to its impressive indie roster, and issued their self titled

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	The Radio Dept.: Lesser Matters

Martin Larsson and Johan Duncanson formed this Swedish group back in 1998. With only two singles to their credit, the pop band rounded out the rhythm

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22 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Terry Reid: River

To rock fans with a penchant for the obscure, Terry Reid is a name that, when invoked, is guaranteed to produce blank stares or shrugged

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22 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Race for Titles: self-titled

Time for another crying jag. Is it just me or are there more and more groups lately that seem to be punishing listeners with overwrought

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	Benjamin Gibbard & Andrew Kenny: Home

Let’s all give a hefty thanks to the brain trust at Post-Parlo for throwing together a title fight of a split-album. Both Andrew Kenny

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	The Brothers Johnson: Strawberry Letter 23: The Best of the Brothers Johnson

Man, I could just kick myself in the ass. I had this review in the can, no sweat no problem, move on, whip through the

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22 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Alice in Chains: Dirt

With 1990’s Facelift, before Nirvana blew the scene wide open, Seattle’s Alice in Chains were getting a metal push, thrown on tour with the

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	Television: Marquee Moon [remastered edition]

There is no need to argue the importance of Television’s debut album, Marquee Moon. Anyone with a remote interest in punk rock, the modern

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22 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

As much influenced by Shakespeare and Dostoevsky as by the art and literature of his native land, Kurosawa used conventions of both Japan and the West to critique post-war Japanese society.

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22 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Saint Megaset

Simon Templar embroils himself in international intrigue because, well, there just isn't much else to do in Monte Carlo than help beautiful women out of jams.

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John Denver and the Muppets: Rocky Mountain Holiday

Hearing the late Henson perform as Kermit again, so warm and enthusiastic, yet so perilously close to flippering out, is a joy unto itself.

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22 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - The Complete Second Season

A show that asks us to 'assume nothing' very often lets the perps go free when the evidence doesn't prove substantial enough to secure arrests.

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22 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Wings of Desire (Der Himmel über Berlin) (1987)

Wings of Desire is the most optimistic of films, finding freedom and potential in the quotidian privileges most of us take for granted.

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22 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Versus (2000)

Versus and Ichi the Killer challenge the concept of righteous motivation, offering protagonists so morally ambiguous that it's difficult to distinguish who is 'good' and who is 'evil'.

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22 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Scared Straight! (1978)

'I don't want to end up in there,' is a repeated mantra.

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22 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Dancer Upstairs (2002)

John Malkovich and Javier Bardem shed welcome light on their thinking about this sophisticated meditation on terrorism, trust, and desire.

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	State Property: State Property Presents The Chain Gang Vol. II

Keepin’ it real. This mantra has been the shibboleth of the hip-hop community since gangster rap supplanted the political rap movement of the early 1990s.

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	Pink Floyd: Classic Albums: Pink Floyd—The Dark Side of the Moon [DVD]

Almost every time The Simpsons flashes back to Homer and Marge’s adolescence in the ‘70s, there is a poster hanging up on the wall

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	The Moore Brothers: On & Out

The Moore Brothers are Greg and Thom Moore. Growing up in California and sharing a bedroom as kids, the pair hated the idea so much

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	The Moody Blues: A Night at Red Rocks [Deluxe]

The Moody Blues are one of those British bands from the sixties that really never flourished on this side of the water, but have still

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21 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Jason Moran: The Bandwagon

In the space of a few short years, Jason Moran has become the leading figure amongst a set of jazz musicians intent on moving the

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21 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Moneen: Are We Really Happy with Who We Are Right Now?

So, apparently, now it’s cool to be a guy who’s super in touch with his sensitive side. Let’s think for a moment

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21 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Midsummer / Coastal: This Ageless Night

There are two lessons I learned from listening to This Ageless Night. The first is that Midsummer and Coastal are two bands. The second is

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21 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Lynyrd Skynyrd: Thyrty

It’s been over 25 years since Ronnie Van Zant and two other members of Lynyrd Skynyrd died in a plane crash. In all that time,

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	Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: God Is in the House [DVD]

God Is in the House might seem like an unlikely title for a Nick Cave DVD; his discography is ridden with dark tales of murder,

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	Various Artists: Johnny’s Blues—A Tribute to Johnny Cash

Let me start off by saying that the recent MTV Video Awards were a joke for the simple fact that Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” video

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18 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Wrens: The Meadowlands

As far as critically reviled genres go, emo comes close to topping the list. If pressed, most critics defend their position by claiming that the

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	Tractor Kings: Gone to Heaven

There shall be another fine band in alt.country or Americana circles, and that band is by far the Tractor Kings. Resembling an early and

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18 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Bubba Sparxxx: Deliverance

Bubba Sparxxx has “NEW” tattooed on one meaty forearm and “SOUTH” on the other, so when he holds his arms up it spells “NEW SOUTH”.

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18 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Praful: One Day Deep

One Day Deep by German musician Praful (pronounced pra-fool) is a kind of hybrid world music, jazz, and electronica affair that manages to glide along

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18 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Nanang Tatang: Muki

It takes a tremendous amount of patience to endure one’s first listen to Muki, a collection of faintly electronicized dirges from the founding members

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18 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	DJ Keoki: Keokiclash

I haven’t really ever liked Keoki‘s original stuff all that much in the past, but this mix CD is good. Why? Well, because

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	Matthew Barber: Means & Ends

Matthew Barber is releasing his second debut album and both are getting rave reviews. Let me explain. Last year Barber released this album independently and

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18 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Ashanti: Chapter 2

Nobody likes Ashanti. Actually, that’s not strictly true. Her records sell by the bucket-load and MTV and radio playlists (the new Payola) can’t

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18 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Had she not outlived all her peers, would she have remained so controversial and unforgiven, yet also admired?

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18 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Underworld (2003)

The primary point is the look -- the drenching rain, the blazing gunfire, the catsuit.

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18 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Secondhand Lions (2003)

The phallic imagery of guns as associated with male potency is everywhere in Secondhand Lions.

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18 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Party Monster (2003)

Michael Alig's megalomania even reached such epic proportions that he had no qualms about bragging over the murder on camera during the filming of the original Party Monster documentary.

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The Fighting Temptations (2003)

Having demonstrated conclusively that she's a whole lotta woman in Goldmember, Beyoncé Knowles now shows another side.

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	Various Artists: All That Jive: Jazz Classics with a Swinging Sense of Humor

The title of this album, All That Jive: Jazz Classics with a Swinging Sense of Humor is apt, right on the money in fact, and

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	The Stanley Brothers: The Complete Mercury Recordings

It would be possible for this collection not to work, but it would take a concerted effort of malicious incompetence to make it happen. Alongside

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	East River Pipe: Garbageheads on Endless Stun

It would be easy to mock the recent singer/songwriter tendency of adopting an ersatz band name as one’s nom de plume, but it’

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17 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Chris Duarte Group: Romp

There was a time—maybe seven, eight years ago—when a blues rock guitarist stood a decent chance of garnering some radio airplay on an

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17 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Rosemary Clooney: Jazz Singer

Rosemary Clooney had a multi-faceted and prolific career that, fortuitously for us, lasted most of her life. Jazz Singer is a retrospective taken from the ‘5

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17 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Marshall Crenshaw: What’s in the Bag?

Marshall Crenshaw has aged quietly and gracefully. In an unassuming manner, he has gone about his business, both touring and in the studio, making distinctive

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	The Byrds: Sweetheart of the Rodeo: Legacy Edition

It was a recipe for commercial disaster. In early 1968, as psychedelic rock was still at its peak, and rock music became more adventurous, more surreal,

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17 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Kenny Brown: Stingray

Mississippi bluesman R.L. Burnside’s sideman-sidekick, one of various treasurable white men not quite middle-aged who met and learned from now long gone masters

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17 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Steve Burns: Songs for Dustmites

Steve Burns was the host of Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues for six years. Blues Clue’s, for the uninitiated, was an incredibly popular children’

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17 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

We have a government run by people whose only goal is to enrich corporate profits, and we're paying the price; with our jobs, our health care, our international credibility, and our future.

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17 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

She was tempestuous, gluttonous, selfish and vulnerable: everything that an artist as genius is supposed to be.

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War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America’s Campaign to Create a Master Race by Edwin Black

Uncovers a long-repressed chapter of social history significant enough to command reappraisal of the legacy of eugenics for today and for the future.

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17 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Since the Layoffs by Iain Levison

We're simply rooting for the underdog to get back on his feet, to earn a paycheck, to settle into a routine.

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17 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Jonah Sees Ghosts by Mark J. Sullivan, III

More successfully executed are Jonah's prophetic night dreams. Sullivan wisely withholds the specifics about this activity, which lends it a mystery the ghosts themselves lack.

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Autumn Glory: Baseball’s First World Series by Louis P. Masur

Reminds us that baseball a century ago was actually much like baseball now, with a few notable exceptions. Chief among them: 100 years ago, teams from Boston actually played in the postseason.

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	Various Artists: Russendisko: Hits

When most people hear the phrase “dance club,” a fairly narrow range of pictures comes to mind: generally either techno-fueled raves or the stereotypical dance

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	Various Artists: Martin Scorsese Presents: The Best of the Blues

As someone who objected to concept of the Blues five-CD boxed set because it sounds both too academic and not enough, I had different trepidations

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16 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Bernie Williams: The Journey Within

Bernie Williams is the centerfielder for the New York Yankees baseball team. If you are a baseball fan, or if you have just happened to

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16 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Woven: 8 Bit Monk

Picture if you will: New York City at approximately 1:30 a.m. the day before Halloween. You’ve got your black trench coat with the collar

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	The Walkabouts: Slow Days with Nina

The Walkabouts have been making records for years, many of which haven’t been released in America, but which have earned them a substantial following

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	Jeffrey Lewis: It’s the Ones Who’ve Cracked That the Light Shines Through

A famous cover of The New Yorker depicts the streets of their city detailed in the foreground with the rest of the country and the

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"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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