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There’s Something More About Mary (1998)

It's easy to deride the Farrellys' work, to dismiss their brand of humor or their dogged efforts to be 'politically incorrect.' Still, they serve more substantive functions than dosing 12-year-old boys with chickens-up-the-butt jokes.

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30 Jun 2003 // 1:00 AM

Party Girl (1995)

As Parker Posey dances around the library to a club beat, Daisy von herler Mayer's songless musical is briefly in full bloom.

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30 Jun 2003 // 1:00 AM

Life and Debt (2001)

'One is always struck when in Jamaica, [by] the absolute beauty of the island in contrast with the poverty.'"

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30 Jun 2003 // 1:00 AM

Love Liza (2002)

Phillip Seymour Hoffman defies the shallow gravity of Hollywood logic.

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Kai Doh Maru: Kathleen McInerney, Bruce Winant, Flavio Romeo - PopMatters Film Review
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Wakabayashi's Kai Doh Maru is defined more by what it could have been than what it is, a potentiality.

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Mötley Crüe: VH1’s Behind the Music: Mötley Crüe [DVD]

“I think without conflict we’d all be bored wouldn’t we…?” —Nikki Sixx “They were the Marx Bros. of rock’n'roll.” —talking head/music

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29 Jun 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Prince Paul: Politics of the Business

Politics of the Business is easily mistaken for satire. The tone is set from the opening skit, which bitterly alludes to Prince Paul’s recent

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29 Jun 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Kinski: Semaphore EP

According to the Big Bang Theory, our universe is expanding at a rate that’s continually getting faster and faster due to the cosmological constant.

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	Ham Steak: I Think Therefore I Ham

When I was in high school, there was a guy named Greg Gibb (no relation to the Bee Gees) who loved to make music. He

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	Jeffrey Gaines: Toward the Sun

Spiritual and soulful, hulking and scary, dark and delicious, Jeffrey Gaines has one of those faces appealing from any angle. It’s a real pity

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29 Jun 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Feathergun: Music to Wash To

It’s a big bad dirty world. Luckily, the Los-Angeles based Feathergun has done something about it, and also designated a time for people to

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29 Jun 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Elefant: Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid

Elefant frontman Diego Garcia must be electric onstage. Listening to Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid‘s ten tracks, you can practically see his swagger, as he

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	Drugstore: Songs For the Jet Set & Collector Number One

When it came out over two years ago, Drugstore’s third album, Songs For the Jet Set, was a welcome return from a band whose

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	The Byrds: The Essential Byrds

After having done a shoddy job reissuing the Byrds catalog on CD in the late ‘80s, Columbia tried to rectify things with a lavish series

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29 Jun 2003 // 11:00 PM

	AC/DC: For Those About to Rock We Salute You

The second wave of the AC/DC catalog re-issues by Epic Records hits upon the most interesting phases of the Australian riff monsters’ legacy. While

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	Various Artists: Savoy Blues ‘N’ Boogie

Blues ‘N’ Boogie is a unique collection of obscure, fun tunes dating from 1945-52. From the onset, the compilation does a nice job of placing

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26 Jun 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Rooney: self-titled

Ah, to be young and gifted. Some might balk at the fact that Rooney seem well connected and are making their debut on a major

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	Pete Rock & CL Smooth: The Best of Pete Rock & CL Smooth: Good Life

Me and my boy, Frank Jr., have been listening to hip-hop since about 1978. Though we were clearly of the moment—first generation hip-hop heads with

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26 Jun 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Ramones: Leave Home

In the summer of 1989, I was growing out of the metal music that had been my obsession for the previous six years, craving something, anything

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	Pine Valley Cosmonauts: Executioner’s Last Songs, Vols. 2 & 3

Jon Langford is one of those musicians destined to be criminally under appreciated. It’s partially his own fault; he’s got the attention span

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	Taj Mahal & The Hula Blues: Hanapepe Dream

Taj Mahal has been around for a while to say the least. With 40 albums in nearly 35 years of recording, one of the masters of “international

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26 Jun 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Grandaddy: Sumday

Grandaddy‘s excellent 2000 album The Sophtware Slump was a fascinating blend of neo-psychedelic, blissed-out indie rock and a lyrical theme of one’s attempt to

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26 Jun 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Gigi: Illuminated Audio

—This is a very good record by one of the world’s most innovative musicians . . . but that musician is not Ethiopian singer/songwriter Ejigayehu “Gigi”

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26 Jun 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Ravi Coltrane: Mad 6

Ravi Coltrane has an unbelievable mantle to bear in his career as a jazz saxophonist, perhaps the weightiest possible. Miles Davis doesn’t have a

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	Ambulance Ltd.: self-titled

The best thing about the Super Cuts compilation that came out not too long ago on Star Time International was the song “Country Gentleman” by

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26 Jun 2003 // 1:00 AM

While the slogan of anime distributor Central Park Media of 'World peace through shared popular culture' is probably overly optimistic, collaborations on films such as 'The Animatrix' are indicative of a maturation of both animation itself and the general public's perceptions of such a medium.

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Bhangra enters the American popular consciousness . . . and a new hip-hop anthem is born.

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26 Jun 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Teammates by David Halberstam

It is a perverse, almost masochistic mode of operation, but it is how American popular culture works. The more the stars stay away, the more we try to pull them closer.

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Something for Nothing: Luck in America by Jackson Lears

With a legacy son in the White House and the rewards of hard work a crapshoot (thanks to corporate grifters like Enron), these days more attention is turning to the place of luck in American culture.

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Sewing Circles of Herat: A Personal Voyage Through Afghanistan by Christina Lamb

Though heartbreaking, Lamb's book is a beautiful gift to Afghanistan and essential to understanding a people beyond news clips.

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Stasiland: True Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall by Anna Funder

Funder presents what is essentially a journalistic narrative in the style of a fictional one, so that characters and thematic threads link up to elaborate deeper symbolic significances.

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Surviving the Death of a Sibling: Living Through Grief When an Adult Brother or Sister Dies by TJ Wr

The Surviving Siblings -- a pointedly misunderstood and heartbroken group with no clubhouse.

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26 Jun 2003 // 1:00 AM

28 Days Later (2002)

Restless, irksome, strange: there's not much downtime in Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later.

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26 Jun 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Hard Word (2002)

Cue sign of suspicion, that is, the frame lingers on Dale's dour face through car window.

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26 Jun 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Eye (2003)

The influence of blood kin and the customs of religion act as a fulcrum to balance the influence of the supernatural.

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Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003)

Madison Lee draws so near to Nat that she seems ready to lick the younger Angel's pretty, smile-plastered face.

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25 Jun 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Sukilove: self-titled

Following the pleasant surprise of the Talking in the Dark debut EP release in 2002, I eagerly awaited the release of Sukilove‘s first full-length album.

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	Ghost Cauldron: Invent Modest Fires

You remember the Beastmaster, right? Marc Singer running around the desert in a loincloth, communicating with animals via ESP, deploying ferrets to filch Tanya Roberts’

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	Future Bible Heroes: The Lonely Robot

Last August, Future Bible Heroes released Eternal Youth, a collection of wittily-worded, ‘80s flashback synth-pop numbers. The Lonely Robot is a seven-song EP of remixes

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25 Jun 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Finkers: Stance

Another “down under” collective that has been deemed the “Powerpop Supergroup”, the Finkers have recorded merely six songs for this release. But you get the

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25 Jun 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Flare: Hung

In maverick Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin’s most recent film, a legless beer baroness dedicates her fortune to finding the nation that makes, as the

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25 Jun 2003 // 11:00 PM

	F- Minus: Wake Up Screaming

If the only hardcore albums you owned were by Minor Threat, Black Flag, Bad Brains, and the Cro-Mags, you would have the entire genre covered.

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25 Jun 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Dwele: Subject

Where the hell is D’Angelo? Aside from being the R&B version of Waldo, some might argue that Voodoo set the current standard

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	Bee and Flower: What’s Mine Is Yours

This month is sure to be huge for Brooklyn-based indie rockers Bee and Flower. Headed up by musical maestro Dana Schechter, the gloomy quintet is

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	Brendan Benson and the Wellfed Boys: Metarie EP

When it was released last year, Brendan Benson‘s Lapalco brought nothing but joy to the world, or at least to those lucky enough to

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Drive-By Truckers: Decoration Day

Nobody writes and plays such honest, thoughtful, loud rock ‘n’ roll as these guys do, and with this, their fifth album, you get the feeling that they’ve only just gotten started.

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	Various Artists: Conception: An Interpretation of Stevie Wonder’s Songs

The main stumbling block Conception: An Interpretation of Stevie Wonder‘s Songs faces is succumbing to the sentimentality that has marred much of Wonder’s

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	Various Artists: The Best of Bond . . . James Bond: 40th Anniversary Edition

The music at the beginning of a James Bond film is as much a part of the nostalgic revelry of the series as the spy’

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24 Jun 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Steely Dan: Everything Must Go

As someone who’s always actively remained clear of the term “concept album” when discussing their own work, it’s ironic that Steely Dan (who,

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24 Jun 2003 // 11:00 PM

	David Sanborn: Timeagain

With a professional recording career spanning almost three decades that encapsulates six Grammy awards and over 20 albums, you’ve got to figure that David Sanborn

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	Mötley Crüe: Generation Swine / Mötley Crüe / New Tattoo

Any hard rocking band that has been in existence for over two decades is sure to have an interesting, if not checkered past that is

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24 Jun 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Mariza: Fado Curvo

Portuguese fado is essentially poetry sung to music and reflects the character and soul of the Portuguese people. Few fado singers have achieved the heights

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24 Jun 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Sondre Lerche: Faces Down

By now, you’ve probably heard some of the spin surrounding Norwegian wunderkind Sondre Lerche Vaular. Let me recap it in a nutshell: boy is

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24 Jun 2003 // 11:00 PM

	DJ Icey: Different Day

DJ Icey is apparently a thoroughly busy man. He performs his DJ antics at a whopping 150 gigs a year in an attempt to spread the

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24 Jun 2003 // 1:00 AM

The RapturePhoto credit: Steve Nebesny Erland Øye Hot Hot Hype We already know who’s the realest (B.I.G., R.I.P.), but who’

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24 Jun 2003 // 1:00 AM

No Use for a Name Anti-Flag S E T    L I S T No Use for a Name Set ListOn the OutsideYou DayComing

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24 Jun 2003 // 1:00 AM

Sondre Lerche is a tease. He’ll pause dramatically in the midst of a song to give the audience a mischievous wink, inciting us to

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24 Jun 2003 // 1:00 AM

A mere novice, I’ve only seen the Fleshtones three times, but I’m fairly confident that they never disappoint. Take, for instance, my first

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24 Jun 2003 // 1:00 AM

Chris Higdon, the front man for Elliott, and Benny Clark, the lead guitarist, tell me that they are never quite sure what will happen when

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24 Jun 2003 // 1:00 AM

Evan Dando Cobra Verde The “Evan Dando is Alive And Presumably Well” revival show came to town last week, and what a fine time it

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Marc BroussardPhoto credit: Jeremy Schultz Two weeks ago, the niece of a friend was killed, and my friend is working through how to respond. No

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Last Comic Standing: The Search For The Funniest Person in America

'I could never go back to a 9-to-5 job, being on-stage telling jokes.'

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24 Jun 2003 // 1:00 AM

Law & Order: Crime & Punishment

The strangeness of the trials -- owing in no small part to the strangeness of the defendants -- undercuts the seriousness of the case.

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24 Jun 2003 // 1:00 AM

Faking It

It is essentially a documented sting operation, but it is a harmless and quite enjoyable one.

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23 Jun 2003 // 1:00 AM

The camera pans to reveal the famous shot of a Christ-like Luke, naked except for shorts, bloated and spread-eagled on a bed of eggshells.

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Cheers: The Complete First Season

Like Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable in 'It Happened One Night', Sam and Diane's sexual tension is channeled through their verbal sparring.

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Two Evil Eyes (Due occhi diabolici) (1990)

Romero's films often feature a family that is fragile, a prime target for destructive forces.

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Three Colors Trilogy: Blue, White, Red (Trois Couleurs: Bleu, Blanc, Rouge)

Taken together, Blue, White, and Red are a visionary swan song for one of European cinema's most poetic moralists.

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23 Jun 2003 // 1:00 AM

Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

Deftly rearranges any number of generic conventions, from romantic comedies, musicals, and melodramas with happy endings that can't make sense but seem inevitable and necessary.

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23 Jun 2003 // 1:00 AM

Narc (2002)

Both Henry and Nick are addicted, in different ways, to the job, the adrenalin it churns up.

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23 Jun 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Crazies (1973)

For Romero, the monsters of our imagination always coexist with the products on the shelves at the Five & Dime.

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23 Jun 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Believer (2001)

The film's about the human impetus toward contradiction, about our need to exercise those contradictions, to live them.

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22 Jun 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Darryl Worley: Have You Forgotten?

Darryl Worley is no Toby Keith. That’s both a good and bad thing. Worley, of course, came out of nowhere as the United States

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22 Jun 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Verbena: La Musica Negra

Birmingham, Alabama, probably doesn’t make many top rock and roll city lists, what with the history of segregation and abortion clinic bombings. But nobody

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22 Jun 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Liz Phair: self-titled

Back in 1993, Liz Phair‘s debut album Exile in Guyville shook indie rock music to the core. An instant classic, the album was an astonishing

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	The Police: Every Breath You Take: The DVD

The Police were something special. Three talents with egos and love/hate relationships to match, the trio seemed to effortlessly create better and more literate

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22 Jun 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Monster Movie/Dreamend: Preface

It was with much excitement that I acquired this split EP for review. I had already written up both of Monster Movie‘s previous releases,

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	Mars Arizona: Love Songs from the Apocalypse

Least Ringing Endorsement of a Band’s Abilities or Expectations, courtesy of Mars Arizona vocalist/guitarist Paul Knowles: “One of the goals that we wanted

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22 Jun 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Momus: Oskar Tennis Champion

I don’t know what I think of Momus. Ambivalence is pretty much as far as I ever get when considering the jet-setting Scottish-born artiste

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22 Jun 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Dressy Bessy: Little Music: Singles 1997-2002

So you’re a Denver psych-pop band putting out consistently solid, catchy ‘60s style music with enough personality to fall on this side of indie

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	Howie Day: The Madrigals EP

Simple—Howie Day‘s music is simple. The studio versions of many of the songs are easy melodic lines looped over and over, with webby

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22 Jun 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Chap: The Horse

If you’ll excuse the scatological metaphor, the existing title of this record might be better served as an adjective describing what comes out of

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	Various Artists: It’ll Come to You: The Songs of John Hiatt

John Hiatt‘s reputation as a performer has been firmly in place since the mid-‘80s, when he settled into the gruff, rootsy style that

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19 Jun 2003 // 11:00 PM

Radiohead: Hail to the Thief

So even if Hail to the Thief isn’t the protest record of the decade, or OK Computer 2 as Yorke suggested in an interview earlier this year, it’s still an incredible album from a band that continues to redefine its boundaries.

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	The Parkinsons: A Long Way to Nowhere

The “buzz” is again rearing its ugly head. The press kit reads like it’s Andrew Loog Oldham and the Stones are not a band

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19 Jun 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Greg Osby: St. Louis Shoes

Greg Osby is traveling miles in hand-me-down shoes on his new Blue Note set. The nine tunes are compositions written by other composers—some which

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19 Jun 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Lamb: What Sound

Lamb‘s most recent album, What Sound, is one of the great albums from 2001 that not many people in North America know about. A modest

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19 Jun 2003 // 11:00 PM

	London Elektricity: Billion Dollar Gravy

Drum ‘n’ bass as a genre is expansive to say the least. The spectrum stretches from the dark and brooding sci-fi esque sound, explored to

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	Mamani Keita & Marc Minelli: Electro Bamako

Everyone wants to do Euro-techno crossed with Afro-pop these days. Issa Bagayogo has been lighting it up with his French producer Yves Wernert; Frederic Galliano

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19 Jun 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Enon: In This City

The newest release by New York sci-fi freak-out new wavers Enon is a maxi-single that maximizes its value by offering both audio and visual treats.

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19 Jun 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Vic Conrad & the First Third: self-titled

If you’re into the type of eclectic loose atmospheric psych-pop that characterizes the Elephant 6 collective, you’ll likely enjoy the highly varied and intriguing

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19 Jun 2003 // 1:00 AM

Where the standard literary journal packs a barrage of punches by amassing a collection of pieces (short stories, poems, art, nonfiction, detritus), One Story strikes quick and hard with its one forceful fist.

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Villa Incognito by Tom Robbins

The world needs Tom Robbins to offer fresh and glorious insight -- with no reservations whatsoever -- about those little pieces of humanity and society that flummox us most.

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19 Jun 2003 // 1:00 AM

Sitting Shiva by Elliot Feldman

Alexander Portnoy meets Don Corleone? Philip Roth teams up with Mario Puzo? Well, not exactly, but Feldman lends the somewhat cliched mob themes a slightly different flavor, at least.

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The Best Short Stories of Leslea Newman by Leslea Newman

The act of family building is central in this book, whether it involves one's relationship with parents or trying to conceive a child with a turkey baster.

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19 Jun 2003 // 1:00 AM

Whale Rider (2002)

Eleven-year-old Pai is wholly engaging and elegant, on her own terms.

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The Man on the Train (L’Homme du train) (2003)

Achieves yet another consummation of intellectual France's romance with American popular culture.

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19 Jun 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Hulk (2003)

In Hulk, the comic books' critique of institutional authority and the way U.S. culture perceives and deals with difference is evacuated.

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19 Jun 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Heart of Me (2002)

Love is a many splendored thing. Unless, of course, it tears through your life like a cluster bomb.

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19 Jun 2003 // 1:00 AM

Hollywood Homicide (2003)

Short version: Joe's hardheaded and eats cheeseburgers, K.C.'s into fluidity and bean sprouts.

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