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12 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Crank: Made in America

Offers only disparate pieces of a large and complex puzzle, resulting in yet more evidence that 'drugs' inspire infatuation in outsiders.

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12 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Complicated Women

Broads, dames, chicks: whatever you call them, women in film have historically gotten a bad deal.

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12 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Shadow Boxers (1999)

Brings this talent, laboring in obscurity, to light.

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12 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Psych-Out / The Trip (1967/1968)

In Haight-Ashbury, Jenny's only clue to her lost brother's whereabouts is a postcard that reads, 'God is alive and well in a sugar cube.'"

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12 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Lockdown (2000)

The trouble that accompanies them is not of their own making -- it's a function of being young, black, 'in the wrong place' by definition.

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The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (Die Verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum) (1975)

Oddly, the film's attack on bourgeois morality is itself a form of bourgeois morality.

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Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)

It is, quite simply, the Hollywood Western in full flower, with all the nostalgia and sins of commission and omission that that implies.

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	Various Artists: No Escape: A Tribute to Journey

So asked The Sex Pistols’ inimitable Johnny Rotten of a crowd in San Francisco in 1978. As the band imploded before his eyes, Rotten knew the

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	Various Artists: Flying Funk / Flying Groove

This vastly under-appreciated and under-documented period of American music began to seep into the public consciousness.

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11 May 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Waterbone: Tibet

Wow. Someone pass the crackers, because this is cheese ball of the highest order. Think hard, if you will, to the Saturday Night Live skit

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	M. Ward: Transfiguration of Vincent

M. Ward’s Transfiguration of Vincent album is a house filled with ghosts, from the spirits of friends who have passed away to the departed

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11 May 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Wire: Send

It’s all in the art of continuing. Some 27 years removed from their birth, 12 from their last album of new material, and with countless bands

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	Wang Chung: The Best of Wang Chung (The Millennium Collection)

I may have been a mere babe in the woods at the time, but when I first heard “Everybody Have Fun Tonight”, the first single

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	The New Pornographers: Electric Version

It’s early November, 2000. You’re visiting a city, walking downtown, towards one of the finer record stores the city has to offer. You head

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	Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Music of Russia

Imagine recognizable caricatures of recent Russian leaders from Nikita, Leonid, to Gorby in ascending order, like a nest of wooden babushka dolls pulled out one

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	Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Asian Underground

Rough Guides makes terrific budget travel books, but still, it’s easy to view their recent attempts to bring that same savvy to the world

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8 May 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Rjd2: The Horror

The cover to Rjd2’s Deadringer album depicted a scene straight out of an apocalyptic slasher film, with RJ himself laying in the desert covered

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	The O’Jays: Ship Ahoy

The world of soul would never be the same. This was clear as radio audiences heard the opening bars of the O’Jays “Backstabbers”—the

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8 May 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Sam Kinison: Live From Hell

If there is a recurring theme other than sheer profanity, it is reactionary jingoism that makes Kinison sound like Bill O'Reilly with Tourette Syndrome.

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8 May 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Faint: Danse Macabre Remixes

Thudding, sharp synths vaguely reminiscent of ‘80s goth rock or synth pop have become de rigeur in the world of dance music over the past

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8 May 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Everclear: Slow Motion Daydream

Everclear lead singer Art Alexakis should be paying you to buy his albums. With the kind of self-revelatory lyrics he scribes into every song the

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	Boomkat: Boomkatalog.One

Boomkatalog.one is that rarest of recordings that makes pop fans’ hearts beat a little faster: a deft combination of musical styles, both current and

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8 May 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Blur: Think Tank

It’s finally happened: Blur have become one of those bands. They’ve all the trappings of a juicy biography or gripping Behind the Music:

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8 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

A master illusionist, Mario Bava repeatedly made films about deceptive appearances.

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8 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

It may not be 'The East Coast Sundance,' but the Philadelphia Film Festival is on its way to becoming one of the most respected festivals on the circuit.

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8 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

A veteran of some 60 films, Leslie Cheung showed astonishing versatility.

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8 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

xx/xy (2003)

Coles isn't so much a boy as he is his idea of a boy.

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The Shape of Things (2003)

This version of Neil LaBute's ongoing project is crisp and aggressive, occasionally alienating or annoying, that is, effectively unlike other movies.

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8 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Lilya 4-Ever (Lilja 4-ever) (2002)

Lilya's fascination with Britney Spears takes on sinister overtones when one of her customers forces her to act and dress like a naughty schoolgirl.

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8 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Daddy Day Care (2003)

Too many scenes (and far too many montages) seem in slow motion, even though they involve kids moving at something approximating warp-speed.

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8 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Charlotte Sometimes (2002)

The cool tones of 'Charlotte Sometimes' suggest the characters' detachment, from themselves and one another.

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8 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

City of Ghosts (2002)

A strangely moralistic romance, premised on his relationship with the setting, Cambodia.

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7 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

You can count your life not through T.S. Eliot's coffee spoons, but through crucial sax solos and critical Scorcese sequences.

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	Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Music of the Balkans

Let me just start humbly by saying that this is one of the best album releases of the year, the decade, the century, the millennium.

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Fever to Tell

Cynics might complain that Fever to Tell is uneven and has the odd mis-step here and there, but despite its muddled middle section, it’s near impossible not to like an album like this one.

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	John Patitucci: Songs, Stories and Spirituals

It would be patronising to use the cant phrase “concept album” for this outstanding jazz bassist’s musically versatile commentary, or essay on, or use

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6 May 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Porcupine Tree: In Absentia

One day during my junior year of college, I passed by a friend’s room in our house. The room was dark and he was

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6 May 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Pilot to Gunner: Games at High Speeds

This is not a new Pilot to Gunner album. Rather, it is the re-release of their debut full length put out by New Jersey based

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6 May 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Joe Jackson Band: Volume 4

When Joe Jackson burst onto the music scene as one of Britpop’s angry young men in 1979, he was considered a brash upstart, delivering upbeat

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6 May 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Allman Brothers Band: Hittin’ the Note

For a long time, I assumed the Allman Brothers Band were lame. I say assumed because I never got past the first few bars of “

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6 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

I started hearing the name “Notwist” a few years ago in the same context as bands such as Stereolab and Tortoise. All three bands are

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6 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

“You know what the Mendoza Line means, right?” A friend of mine confronted me with this question when I mentioned I would be reviewing the

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6 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Mary TimonyPhoto credit: Annette Gallo :. e-mail this article:. print this article:. comment on this article The thinking behind pairing Mary Timony and Erase Errata on

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6 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

By the time Califone came on stage sometime past 11, Brokeback, a Tortoise spin-off, had already played an hour-long set, and I was thoroughly sick of

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6 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

If you slog through the Trail of Dead’s website you will eventually come across a few intriguing (albeit poorly proofread) articles by singer/guitarist/

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The Organ Donor by Matthew Warner

Warner takes his research and formulates a riveting story, a horror thriller fit for the most ardent fan of the genre. It's about harvesting organs and executing political prisoners according to a waiting (and cash carrying) recipient's need.

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Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age by Bill McKibben

His purpose is to spark public debate before we go further down a road we will surely come to wish we had never traveled.

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6 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Crumbtown by Joe Connelly

There's bad luck, rotten luck and then there's 'crumbluck' -- the brand of luck that seems something less than random, something closer to fate.

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Couldn’t Keep it to Myself: Wally Lamb and the Women of York Correctional Institution, Testimonies f

An inside look at the women behind the bars of a maximum security Connecticut prison, incarcerated for crimes whose breadth spans larceny by embezzlement to homicide in the first degree to manslaughter due to emotional duress.

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6 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Conrad Veidt on Screen by John T. Soister

The greater pity is that Veidt is not well known today though in the 1920s and 1930s he was considered in the same breath as Lon Chaney and John Barrymore.

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6 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Blue Hour Carolyn Forche

Offers the fragmented speed of our lives the possibility that we can in fact make sense of ourselves and this world.

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5 May 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Various Artists: Afro-Portuguese Odyssey

The folks at Putumayo have to be patting themselves on the back. Over the past decade, they’ve not only helped bring world music to

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	Townes Van Zandt: In the Beginning

On a fevered evening several Fridays ago, I set out to learn a little more about either Phil Ochs or Townes Van Zandt in the

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5 May 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Feel: self-titled

Sometimes merely writing the songs is not enough. There’s a passion fulfilled in playing the songs, working with a band, getting the music out

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5 May 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Fugees: Greatest Hits

Q-Tip’s industry rule number 4,080 comes to mind in reference to the Fugees’ Greatest Hits because “record company people are shady.” No doubt. The question

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	The Fairburn Royals: From a Window Way Above

Perhaps it’s the water, or the heat, or both in the form of humidity, but there’s just something about the Southeast that seems

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5 May 2003 // 11:00 PM

Fruit Bats: Mouthfuls

What a mouthful is: too much stuff crammed in, can’t get enough, taking in the world by taste. An experience so overwhelming it’s

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5 May 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Capitol Years: Jewelry Store

Releasing EPs seems a highly suspect practice. Perhaps they might once have offered a cost-effective alternative between buying the 45 and buying the long-player, but digital

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5 May 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Andrew: Happily Ever After

“. . . because albums are too long, and EPs are too few—these songs live here, happily ever after, with you!” So says Andrew Sandoval, who goes

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5 May 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Adult.: Anxiety Always

Over the past few years, this whole electro, synth pop revival has been fun, but only to a certain degree. You can listen to all

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	Etta James: Let’s Roll

It is tempting to report that Etta James‘s latest CD, Let’s Roll, is a return to form that echoes her best R&

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5 May 2003 // 2:03 AM

The Chicago band offers a sophisticated mix that takes the '80s Manchester template as a starting point, the dark dance pop perfected by the likes of Joy Division and New Order, and fleshes it out with elements of trip-hop and a post-punk guitar fuzz.

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About three years ago, Jim and Cyd created Outsports.com, an on-line community for gay athletes and sports fans. Their lives, and the lives of gay men and women who love sports, haven’t been the same since.

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Married With Children, Volume 1: The Most Outrageous Episodes

Married With Children is smart as hell, its writers are sharper than a set of Ginsu knives, and its actors have impeccable timing.

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5 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Angel

Tim Minear's fourth season finale of Angel makes elegant, self-conscious commentary on the ways that corporate structures frame (if not ordain) life decisions.

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The Man From Elysian Fields (2001)

Despite much swirling and swooping of the camera, it winds up looking like a moderately well directed TV movie.

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5 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Mystery of Picasso (Le Mystère Picasso) (1956)

Clouzot seeks to uncover nothing less than the 'mystery,' not merely of Picasso's process of painting, but of artistic production itself.

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It Came From Beneath the Sea (1955)

The mind of man had thought of everything -- except that which was beyond his comprehension!"

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Frazetta: Painting with Fire (2003)

Lance Laspina's film gives long overdue props to an artist whose influence reaches farther than most of his more 'mainstream' contemporaries ever will.

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5 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Drumline (2002)

Throughout his smart and entertaining commentary for Fox's DVD release, Charles Stone III underscores not only his intentions, but also his full-on affection for his subjects.

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	Various Artists: Lookout! Freakout Episode 3

Ah, the CD sampler . . . the perfect way for record labels to effectively showcase their stables of talent as they search for the next diamond in

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	Doc Watson: Trouble in Mind: The Doc Watson Country Blues Collection 1964-1998

Creates an atmosphere of down-home relaxation that can't help but comfort.

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1 May 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Scarboro Aquarium Club: Poisoned

Poisoned is the debut record from a gentleman named Corey W. Schmidt; he is the only musician on the recording, which is made up mostly

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	Panty Lions: So Dang Rad

Listening to Panty Lion’s first full-length release, So Dang Rad feels a little like being trapped inside an air balloon—there are lots of

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	Oingo Boingo: The Best of Oingo Boingo (20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection)

“Let’s turn the night into day,Let’s start a fire in an alleyway,Let’s all go crazy by and by,And let’

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	Ian McCulloch: Slideling

After successfully returning to the gist of what Echo and the Bunnymen made so cool in the mid- to late-eighties, Ian McCulloch or “Mac” has

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1 May 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Goldfrapp: Black Cherry

At first, it’s hard to be anything except stunned while listening to Goldfrapp’s sophomore release, Black Cherry. Where the British pop-electronica duo’s

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1 May 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Blue Man Group: The Complex

We all know the Blue Man Group, either from their albums, their countless appearances on television (including commercials, talk shows, music stations, etc.), or just

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1 May 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Mark Bacino: Million Dollar Milkshake

There is an anecdote in Mark Bacino‘s official biography, perhaps an apocryphal one, which claims that he was conceived to the strains of the

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She was the voice of a movement. Deep blues, even darker hues, from the Delta to Dakar. This woman, Black woman, was the voice of a people.

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1 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Price drew on his own training as a Gospel musician and ethnomusicologist to examine Tupac's spiritual development, suggesting that the late artist had surpassed the legacies of John Coltrane and Mahalia Jackson as spiritual figures within the tradition of black music.

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1 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

X2: X-Men United (2003)

At once all powerful and utterly powerless, this involuntary terrorist is the first mutant you meet in X2.

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1 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Soulsville (2003)

Director Bob Sarles has an aficionado's affection for these musicians, and he lets them speak and sing and play for themselves.

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The Real Cancún (2003) - PopMatters Film Review
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There are a few laughs at the expense of some of the more enthusiastically foolish men, but for the most part, the film is weirdly free of irony.

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The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003)

'Goodbye Lizzie McGuire, hello Fabulous!' Lizzie exults, as if there's a difference between the two.

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30 Apr 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Robbie Williams: Escapology

Robbie Williams is one of the most obnoxious entertainers on earth. He’s got it all figured out—he knows he’s found the “secret”

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30 Apr 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Torrez: The Evening Drag

I hope that the only people who read this review are not those who already know Torrez, and have already heard this recording. The Evening

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30 Apr 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Tomahawk: Mit Gas

Man, oh man, is Mike Patton talented, but that talent has never translated into stardom. Perhaps the general populace is put off by his depraved

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	Johnny Mathis: Love Songs

Johnny Mathis . . . I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this collection because . . . all my memories of Johnny Mathis are wrapped in velvet—warm,

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30 Apr 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Halogens: The Resolution EP

Pay no heed to the Halogens. Never mind their music from the start. For what at first appears to be a fresh sounding bit of

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	Christian Howes: Jazz on Sale

This prodigious fiddler’s first acoustic recording date at once raises an enthusiasm subsequently but only slightly moderated. After something better than a cod old-style

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30 Apr 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Guild League: Private Transport

Rock is no stranger to supergroups, but the concept has fallen by the wayside since the late 1970s. Maybe it was the punk influence, which

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	Joe Cocker: Sheffield Steel [Bonus Tracks]

Joe Cocker has one of those voices that you love or hate, there is virtually no middle ground. From his Woodstock phase as the front

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	Robert Cray: The Best of Robert Cray—The Millenium Collection

Robert Cray has never been justly compared to the likes of Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, or other modern blues guitarists of his era. And

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The Perricone Prescription: A Doctor’s 28-Day Programme for Total Body and Face Rejuvenation by Dr.

Presents aging as some kind of illness that needs to be 'cured', rather than a natural process which brings with it maturity.

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Makin’ Toons by Allan Neuwirth

A peek behind the scenes of the 'toon boom' of the late '80s and '90s.

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30 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Hidden Life of Otto Frank by Carol Ann Lee

Otto Frank was as complicated and paradoxical as Anne was straightforward and ingenuous.

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Boonville by Robert Mailer Anderson

Charming, gentlemanly, sharp as a tack, and hysterically funny, leaving us with the question: how about a sequel?"

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All Day Permanent Red - War Music Continued by Christopher Logue

Offers a timely and wholly appropriate meditation on the historical recurrence of war as a fundamental human activity.

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29 Apr 2003 // 1:00 AM

Last Wednesday night the Village Underground was compensating for Mayor Bloomberg’s citywide smoking ban by piping a bluish smoke into the roomful of nicotine-deprived

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