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30 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Survivor: Thailand

Ever helpful, Jeff Probst reminded everyone that, on Survivor, assumptions are always wrong.

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30 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Presidio Med

Diverges from ER in that it is, oddly, more conservative.

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30 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Hack

It's life-changing redemption all the way, at the hands of a flawed saint who can instruct us all.

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30 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Half and Half

Dealing with complicated familial history, rather than relying on man-chasing for every plot, will set Half and Half apart.

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30 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Good Morning, Miami

Focuses on an irresistibly cute couple whose lives are complicated by their hormones and their over-the-top coworkers.

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30 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter

What makes the show slightly twisted is the knowledge that only a few years ago, John Ritter would have been playing one of his daughters' sex-obsessed suitors.

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30 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

C.S.I.: Miami

PULL

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26 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Various Artists: Pure 80’s: The DVD

Blame MTV. On August 1, 1981 MTV went on the air, changing music (marketing) forever. Punk was still making parents everywhere cringe, and new wave was in

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	Various Artists: Secret Ellington

The title’s a bit of tease, really. These aren’t hitherto undiscovered Ellington recordings nor are they a side of the great composer that

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26 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Who: My Generation (Deluxe Edition)

Maximum R&B. No other phrase associated with the Who, not even the more frequently quoted “hope I die before I get old”, more

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26 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	James Taylor: October Road

“The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time.”—James Taylor These words from a song of long ago (1977, a quarter century for the

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	Shalabi Effect: The Trial of St-Orange

I am a fairly generous music writer, I think; I’m open to a lot of different music, and I try to accept each record

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	Charlie Parker: Best of The Complete Live Performances on Savoy

If, as is incontrovertibly the case, Charlie Parker is the most influential figure in post-war jazz and if, as we are always told, it was

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	Papa Noel and Papi Oviedo: Bana Congo

Many African artists such as Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca, Gnonnas Pedro, and Africando play the Afro-Cuban influenced rhythms known as Congolese rumba. Also, there

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	Syl and Jimmy Johnson: 2 Johnsons Are Better Than One

Hailing from Holly Springs, Mississippi and raised in Chicago, the Johnsons are called the real live blues brothers. Syl and Jimmy Johnson have finally recorded

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	Gregg Allman: No Stranger to the Dark: Best of Gregg Allman

In the recording industry, “Best of” or “Greatest Hits” has come to mean much the same thing as “News Alert” has on CNN, absolutely nothing.

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26 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Hope for the future of filmmaking seems, this year at least, to reside not in epics but in short films.

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26 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Trapped (2002)

Scary as this sounds -- Courtney Love channeling Claire Standish or Andie Walsh -- it might explain a few things about what was going on in Trapped.

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26 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Snatch (2000)

Snatch is all about attitude and style. And guys, lots of guys.

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Sweet Home Alabama (2002)

I won't tell you how it ends, but note the film's title is 'not' 'New York State of Mind.'"

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26 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Snipes (2001)

As Erik puts it, he has 'business to take care of.' That business is hip-hop.

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26 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Secretary (2002)

Secretary is about anxiety, depression, the inability to communicate.

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Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death and Rebirth / The End of Evangelion (1997)

Multi-layered, ultraviolent, and profoundly disturbing, Evangelion depicts the end of the world as we know it and after seeing it, I most definitely do 'not' feel fine.

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26 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Lady and the Duke (L’Anglaise et le duc) (2001)

Rohmer dehumanizes the mob, and encourages the audience to participate in the objectification. It's the aesthetic equivalent of the guillotine, chopping off spectator imagination.

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26 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Long Goodbye (1973/2002)

Not just empty genre deconstruction, The Long Goodbye dares to ask some very basic questions about the hard-boiled detective hero.

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26 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Go Tigers! (2001)

Go Tigers! not only encourages the audience to cheer on its subjects, but also shows their vulnerabilities.

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26 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Four Feathers (2002)

It's alarmingly short-sighted fiction, offering only occasional glimpses of the imperial project's fundamental viciousness and ignorance.

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26 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Cockettes (2002)

A joyful, wild romp through the heyday of San Francisco's national cultural importance, filled with body glitter, feather boas, and important shoes.

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25 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Saul Zonana: Guinea Pigs

It’s no surprise that there is a bounty of talented good musicians out there, working the clubs, recording music and not garnering any sort

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	Kev Russell’s Junker: Buttermilk & Rifles

Having paid his dues in the potpourri-genre Texas band Gourds, Kev Russell this time opted to go it alone. Well, about as alone as one

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25 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Inner: lovetheonlyway

Inner is the baby of Jennifer Turner, whom you may or may not know was the guitarist on Natalie Merchant’s Tigerlily album. So far

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	Highway 9: What in Samhill?

Highway 9 is your typical hard-working, blue-collar, just-a-bunch-of-regular-guys, New Jersey rock band, a band following in the tradition of the likes of Bruce Springsteen and the

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25 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Billie Holiday and Lester Young: A Musical Romance

Like any good newsworthy event of the 20th century, one of the most touching pieces of jazz history happened in front of the television cameras.

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	Johnny Cash: Sings the Ballads of the True West / Songs of Our Soil / Silver

There’s not much to say about Johnny Cash that hasn’t been said already. He is the original man in black, the first musician

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25 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Edited by Ronald Spatz University of Alaska Vol.19, No.3 & 4, Spring/Summer 2002, 278 pages Vol.19, No.1 & 2, Summer/Fall 2001, 294 pages, $10/year,$6/sample One Blood: The Narrative

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Bad Religion Violent Femmes Long lines at the Porta-Potties. The pervasive smell of marijuana. High-school aged girls acting like fools. Drugs. Drunks. A sweaty, heaving

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25 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Photo credit: Marcy Guiragossian Photo credit: Marcy Guiragossian All the Funky President’s Men On The One all things are possible. That was the Daily

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25 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T The Gravity Free Atmosphere of MSAReturns Every MorningWelfare Murder PlotTouch the WaterGingerBaby’s a DealerA Nanny

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25 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T Haunted By YouThe British DiseaseFrom Georgia to OsakaWhere Are They Now?Yours for the TakingA Car

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25 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T I’m Into Something GoodFalling From GraceKissin’ TimeWilder Shores of LoveWherever I GoLike Being BornIncarceration of

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25 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Mixed Messages & All “Finesse® presents Sheryl Crow in concert.” The billing at Sheryl Crow’s Chicago House of Blues show played up her newfound

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25 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

After doing some informal market research before a recent Sheryl Crow concert at Oneida Casino in Green Bay, I concluded that the 40something singer/songwriter

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The summer after the seventh grade I used to steal my sister’s dubbed copy of Appetite for Destruction and lay out on the lawn

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25 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

(Taboos) disappear or are transformed when no longer useful.

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The Terrible Gift: The Brave New World of Genetic Medicine by Rick J. Carlson and Gary Stimeling

Offering a rowdy soapbox monologue on a host of discoveries in genetic medicine -- including genetic technology, computerized biochemistry, and drug synthesis -- The Terrible Gift reveals not one, but two, terrible things.

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Portrait of My Lover as a Horse by Selima Hill

Words revel in their incongruous, promiscuous juxtapositions, and sentences begin sensibly and end in bewildering confusions of logic . . .

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It’s a Free Country: Personal Freedom in America After September 11 by Edited by Danny Goldberg, Vic

More than 300 books have been published since the fall of 2001 trying to explain, blame, comfort and inform us about what led up to the attacks and what we can expect next.

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25 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Modern Burma isn't so much a country as the residue of a British imperial political organization thrust onto several divergent peoples. To argue for ethnic independence is to argue for Burma's devolution, something the world community isn't likely to tolerate.

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Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press  by edited by Kristina Borjess

With almost one voice the essays contained here contend that the modern news business -- where the emphasis on the bottom line has almost trumped the traditional sanctity of the byline -- has become just that: a business.

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The Accidental President: How 413 Lawyers, 9 Supreme Court Justices, and 5,963,110 Floridians (Give

The most remarkable portion of The Accidental President concerns the final Supreme Court decision that effectively appointed George W. Bush president. Most of the criticism leveled in the book is fairly light, but at the end Kaplan rips into the Supreme Court decision.

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24 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Kelly Willis: Easy

The current crop of those most successful female singers who fall into the genre slice known as alt-country excel because they all bring something beyond

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24 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Supersprite: Color Mixing

The first track brings us into Supersprite’s world by introducing the cast of characters: vibrating, turning, shimmering electronic sounds. Yet this track also immediately

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	The Moonglows: The Best of the Moonglows (20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection)

Fifty years ago, a Cleveland deejay named Alan Freed hosted a radio program called the Moondog Rock and Roll Party. Freed believed that white audiences

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24 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Kevin Mahogany: Pride and Joy

Before Kevin Mahogany emerged in the mid-1990s, male jazz singers had become a nearly extinct species, with no heir apparent to the giants: Jimmy

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24 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Midtown: Living Well Is the Best Revenge

Pop-punk is an almost inherently funny thing. The term alone is contradictory: if you’re so “punk”, then you shouldn’t care about pop sensibilities.

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24 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti

Choosing the best record of all time, the top record or your favorite record is impossible for anyone. For a music critic, it is quite

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	Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All Star Band: Things to Come

Dizzy Gillespie loved big bands. Although he will forever be primarily remembered as Parker’s co-revolutionary, their joint ventures actually formed a tiny fraction of

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24 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Gloria Record: Start Here

It finally happened. Indie has broke into the mainstream, mainly due to the popularity of Chris Carraba’s Dashboard Confessional (which, of course, defied my

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	David Weiss: Breathing Room

If, as I would like to imagine is the case, the jazz shelf of your record collection is heavily populated with Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley,

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	Slum Village: Trinity (Past, Present and Future)

Slum Village’s sound is that of seduction. No, they’re not R. Kelly-imitating wanna-be playboys, but hip-hop aural interior decorators with a knack at

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	Maserati: The Language of Cities

There’s something about instrumental rock music that makes the music slippery, hard to get a hold of. It’s purely about sound, with none

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23 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	The Icicles: Pure Sugar EP

There’s something very special about the Icicles. The Grand Rapids, Michigan group has created an EP here that’s every bit as sweet as

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	Hello From Waveland: Strangeways

Hello From Waveland are a firebrand of a live band—dressed in vintage suits, the four-piece exudes more energy than most punk bands you could

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23 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Hrsta: L’éclat du ciel était insoutenable

Mike Moya, the man behind Hrsta, has been doing great work for some time in Montreal. He’s a founding member of godspeed you black

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	Mary Ann Farley: My Life of Crime

After her 1997 debut disc, Daddy’s Little Girl, Mary Ann Farley was a critical success among peers and her influences. Sharing the stage with Squeeze,

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23 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Sopranos

While reality hounds might say that this is exactly how banal contemporary mob life is, they might also remember that a stamped certificate of authenticity doesn't inoculate drama against tedium.

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23 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Push, Nevada

In Push, Nevada, producers Ben Affleck and Sean Bailey have come up with a show that is, oddly, both original and formulaic.

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23 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Life With Bonnie

You would be hard pressed to find a sitcom debuting this season with more people rooting for it than Life With Bonnie.

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23 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Greetings from Tucson

Greetings can't decide if it's comedy because of being Mexican American or in spite of Mexican American -- and that's one thing working in its favor.

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23 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Firefly

Firefly is more complicated in its framing story and moral dimensions than the usual sci-fi or Western fare.

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23 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Fastlane

The shots are close (is that her hand in his pants?), the cutting is speedy, the soundtrack is kicking: just above the din of the engine, the Vines wail.

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23 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Everwood

As I watched Everwood, packed with numerous poignant moments, my own strongest feeling was a longing for South Park's biting critique of 'quiet little mountain towns.'

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23 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Cedric the Entertainer Presents

Instead of being safe, Cedric the Entertainer Presents needs to keep it real -- real sharp, real topical and real controversial.

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22 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Jesus Jones: Doubt

In 1989, a ragtag group of British skate-punks calling themselves Jesus Jones released an indie album full of guitars and samples called Liquidizer. No one much

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	Various Artists: Klubb Jazz 4

Hot on the heels of their overly familiar but still worthy summer compilation (Slip’n'Slide Ibiza), London’s premier purveyors of soulful, jazzy house music

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19 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Swayzak: Dirty Dancing

I’m no techno purist. In fact, I’d have to say that I’m one of the least reliable and fickle fans of the

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19 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

There’s a lyric from “Your Heart Is a Muscle” on the Quails’ latest release Atmosphere that runs, “Your heart’s a muscle the size

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	William Parker Quartet featuring Leena Conquest: Raining on the Moon

Thirsty Ear’s Blue Series, a collection with more than a dozen discs from “out-there” jazz artists, would seem to be the perfect vehicle for

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19 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Meshuggah: Nothing

Before the 2001 release of Tool’s near-masterpiece Lateralus, the more progressive form of heavy metal seemed dormant for the better part of a decade (aside

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	Migala: Restos de un Incendio

It was all going so well for Migala. Their first two records, Diciembre 3 A.M. and Así Duele un Verano, did so well in their

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	Miles Davis: The Complete Miles Davis at Montreux

The Complete Miles Davis at Montreux is, at first glance, a daunting proposition: 20 CDs that do nothing less than document every performance the legendary trumpet

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19 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks

Blood on the Tracks is the one album that rises above all other contenders, obscuring them in its titanic blaze, because it is, at once, so familiar as well as mysterious, and so seemingly simple and yet unruly.

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	The Chieftains: Down the Old Plank Road:  The Nashville Sessions

“Now country music, that’s American music!” This kind of remark always makes me shake my head because what the speaker probably means is that

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	Frank Black: Devil’s Workshop / Black Letter Days

As his last name implies, Frank Black is built for noir. Once the brains behind the seminal yet deceased pop-punk outfit, Pixies, he is continually,

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19 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Igby Goes Down (2002)

Burr Steers' first feature is populated by exceptionally quirky characters, most related by blood.

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19 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

8 Women (2002)

Sabotaging the happy play of color, song, and glamour with a deeply felt despair, Ozon has finally made his subversiveness genuinely surprising.

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19 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

The Banger Sisters (2002)

For these few minutes, The Banger Sisters venerates imperfection and adventure.

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Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002)

Sever grabs the big old gun inside and shoots in exquisite slo-mo. She even works in a hairflip.

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	Jucifer: I Name You Destroyer

One of the benefits of being a bona fide indie rock band is that you can cut and paste from other, more firmly established and

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	DJ Ferry Corsten: Global Trancemissions_02

Ah, the Dutch. The nation that brought us windmills and wooden shoes has also brought us more than its fair share of pounding, hyperkinetic, cheesy

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18 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Ernie Cruz Jr.: Portraits

There are times an album comes along which simply has to be played again and again. Ernie Cruz Jr.‘s Portraits is one such album.

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	Vanessa Carlton: Be Not Nobody

As we get closer and closer to a major Britney backlash as a whole slew of teen girls get a little bit older and reject

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	James Brown: The Best of James Brown: Volume 2—The ‘70s (20th Century Masters: Millennium Collec

For all his revolutionary screams and squeals, James Brown stopped making groundbreaking grooves a couple of decades ago. Still, the gems that went straight to

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18 Sep 2002 // 11:00 PM

	Chuck Brodsky: The Baseball Ballads

So there won’t be a baseball strike. The question is, does anyone care? As contract talks dragged on during the last week of August,

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	Roy Buchanan: The Best of Roy Buchanan (20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection)

It’s undoubtedly true what people say, that guitar great Roy Buchanan was underrated during his lifetime. He was raised in Pixley (great name for

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18 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Let's face it: you have a musical past and it can't be buried.

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18 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

I’ve begun to worry whether I’m becoming too enthusiastic about music, raving about nearly every band I see and every record I hear

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18 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

S E T    L I S T Baby Goes to ElevenI Can’t WaitThe Staggering GeniusDo the VampireKeep It Close to MeGimme AnimositySlot

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18 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Jazzanova Koop I can’t dance. Bad dancers know that I can’t dance and tell me so. If you entered me in a dance-off

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18 Sep 2002 // 1:00 AM

Goo Goo Dolls Third Eye Blind Vanessa Carlton First of all, it was hot. That’s all there is to say. Daytime temperatures had reached 95, 96

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