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15 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Paint It Black: CVA

Paint It Black shouldn’t be compared to the Rolling Stones just because they share a name with a sitar-driven Stones classic (although there is

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15 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Mötley Crüe: Dr. Feelgood

In 1989, when the world was ready and still waiting for the next big album from Guns N’ Roses, Mötley Crüe stepped into the

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	Les Georges Leningrad: Deux Hot Dogs Moutarde Chou

This record brings me back to the first time I heard the Flying Lizards album. I know their twisted electro-pop version of “Money” doesn’t

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	John Lee Hooker: Blues Kingpins

With the vast number of CDs currently marketed in a given time frame, it is rare to encounter an offering that fosters genuine excitement and

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	The High Dials: A New Devotion

A little background is needed about the High Dials. A Canadian band, the group was originally called the Datsuns until a certain New Zealand band

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	Nanci Griffith: The Complete MCA Studio Recordings

Nanci Griffith wasn’t fresh off of the bus when she recorded five albums for MCA—she already had four records and a Grammy nomination

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15 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Removes Batman from his modern context and sizeable mythology, and drops him into Edgar Allen Poe's oeuvre.

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15 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

After tackling family, Hurd's latest project moves on to the next logical subject: friends.

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15 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

It is probably the world's first comic by someone with a cartoon-character side persona. In this case, that would be Montreal DJ Kid Koala, probably best known for being part of the animated pop super-group Gorillaz.

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J. Michael Straczynski's Supreme Power #1 could be the perfect comic book. That's not to say that it is the best comic ever, or even the best comic released this week. But, it is near perfect, for a plethora of reasons.

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15 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

After all, the man fed on adversity. It fueled his work throughout his career.

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15 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Johnny Cash was, to me, as complex as America itself. He wrote songs about bad men, good women, and hard times, but was never seduced by nor succumbed to cynicism, true men of faith are not like that.

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Not a great lover or follower of country music -- hey, what could a bunch of twangy bejeweled cowpokes say to me, a snotty punk brat from Manchester, England, right?

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15 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Johnny Cash pushed insurgent separatism to the hilt. He cemented his iconoclastic status in 1965 when he showed up wearing all black and a scowl at the usually pastel and buoyant church of county music, the Grand Ole Opry.

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What Johnny Cash did on At San Quentin defies belief. He made the angriest, balliest, toughest, most punk rock album of all time.

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15 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

It would be too easy to call him an everyman, too cliché, too trite. And yet, that is what he was, an everyman, a singer and songwriter who plumbed our souls and made each of us real and alive in his music. Johnny Cash, country icon and rock and roll founder, died Friday of complications from diabetes, leaving behind nearly 50 years of remarkable music and a legacy of innovation.

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15 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Targets (1968)

Draws parallels between Bobby and Charles Whitman, though there's a much larger issue at stake: the availability of guns, at the root of the rise of violence in America.

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15 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Hook (1991)

Hook is thoroughly watchable, often amusing, fitfully entertaining.

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15 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Enough (2002)

The first bit of news I heard on waking up this morning was that the wedding was off.

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15 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Enigma (2001)

Michael Apted speaks of his intent to make the country appear 'beautiful' and, consequently, we're spared shots of bombed-out London or casualties of any kind.

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The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition (2001)

Shackleton does manage some spectacular feats against dire odds, which is why the story of his expedition is so tailor-made as dramatic spectacle.

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15 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

By Brakhage: An Anthology - PopMatters Film Review
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If we call Stan Brakhage's films 'experimental,' it's because no other filmic term fits his style.

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14 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Johnnie Taylor: There’s No Good in Goodbye

Considering that this is a posthumous collection of outtakes and unused tracks amassed from Johnnie Taylor’s 16 years at Malaco, the first pleasant surprise is

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14 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Billy Bob Thornton: The Edge of the World

What began for Billy Bob Thornton as a loving exercise in alternative country has descended into twangy rock and roll gestures mixed with the occasional

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14 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Tossers: Purgatory

Ah, ‘tis good to know that there are still Irish punk bands around—or at least American groups that have tried valiantly to pick up

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14 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	7 Heads R Better Than 1: No Edge-Ups in South Africa

After almost three decades, hip-hop should be tired of the thug clichés, the gun metaphors, the useless misogyny—but Mos Def once said that

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	Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart: Must Be Live

The rapport between Stacey Earle and her husband, Mark Stuart, is only just now getting shared billing but the two have worked together for quite

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The Decemberists: Her Majesty the Decemberists

Her Majesty the Decemberists is distinctive, where the good parts are so good that it’s easy to overlook the not-so-good. Think of it as a delicious, rare fruit, so ripe and sweet that tiny bits of it have gone brown.

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14 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Die Trying: self-titled

There’s just something so completely charming about Sacramento rockers, Die Trying. Maybe it has something to do with their goal to bring rock music

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12 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Ann Coulter doesn't like to be bothered with facts. And besides, she's always right. Just ask her.

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11 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Superchunk: Cup of Sand

Superchunk‘s imprint is all over modern-day rock music. It’s no exaggeration to say that few of the bands lumped together with the dreaded “

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	SushiRobo: The Light-Fingered Feeling of SushiRobo

Seattle’s SushiRobo illustrate an interesting contradiction: On the one hand, they seek credibility by crafting an off-center “arty” and “experimental” sound (though this kind

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	NOFX: The War on Errorism

On the back of the CD booklet for NOFX‘s new album The War on Errorism, there’s a caricature of bewildered-looking George W. Bush

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11 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Mary J. Blige: Love & Life

In a scene from the bonus DVD supplied with her seventh album, Love & Life, Mary J. Blige argues with Puffy that something was lost

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	Ashley Park: The Secretariat Motor Hotel

Vancouver’s country pop trio Ashley Park—Terry Miles, Kelly Haigh, and Gregory MacDonald—sound amiable enough on their third album, The Secretariat Motor Hotel,

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11 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Jessica Andrews: Now

Jessica Andrews seems to be the hottest “buzz” country act since possibly LeAnn Rimes or, more recently, Shelby Lynne. Having released her 1999 debut album Heart

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11 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Andrew W.K.: The Wolf

Ah, Andrew W.K.—a puzzle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a filthy white t-shirt and jeans. His much-talked-about debut, 2001’s I Get Wet,

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11 Sep 2003 // 2:03 AM

Independent hip-hop artist Flo Brown chats with PopMatters music critic Felicia Pride on Whateva Comes to Mind, her recently released album.

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11 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

I began to think of the 'race card' as a real collector's item.

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For whatever the hardships, people will read.

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11 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Have we maybe now entered that post-modern world where sophisticated audiences can 'read' the levels of a joke without being corrupted by the main text?

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Who Sleeps with Katz by Todd McEwen

Todd McEwen's new novel positively pulsates with vigorous life, which is odd, as superficially it's a novel about dealing with the knowledge of death.

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11 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Pestilence by William Owen Roberts

The Black Death, well, it wasn't much fun, was it? Neither is Pestilence, a novel set in 1347 Europe as the plague roared across the continent.

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11 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem

Jonathan Lethem has always been a cerebral writer with a junk-culture heart.

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11 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Bliss Street by Kris Kenway

There's just not enough meat to this main course.

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11 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Rana’s Wedding (2002)

The movie's power lies in its portrayal of the relentless ingenuity by which the inhabitants of the West Bank subvert the political 'realities' of Israeli military government.

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11 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Order (2003)

'We're the Catholic Pete, Linc, and Julie.'"

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Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)

'Are you a Mexican or a Mexi-cant!?'.

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11 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Matchstick Men (2003)

The distinctive thunk-thunk-thunk of Angela's skateboard punctuates his first look at her from behind his smoke-clouded windshield.

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11 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Lost in Translation (2003)

. . . about seeing and not seeing at the same time, a series of incredibly precise, meticulous images of faces and hands and doorframes.

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11 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Cabin Fever (2002)

Little do they know the trauma they will endure, and the complete disintegration it will wreak on their group.

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10 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Von Bondies: Raw and Rare

Had enough of sloppy, howling garage rock, yet? Sick of seeing Jack White or one of his protégés (of sorts) plastered on the

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10 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Rapture: Echoes

As cable television programmers will confess, there is nothing at all wrong with obsessing about the ‘80s. Think about it: networks like VH1 and E!

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10 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Mary Fahl: The Other Side of Time

In the press release for Mary Fahl‘s debut album, it quotes Variety declaring that she is “earthier than Enya, more nuanced than Celine Dion

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10 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Flunk: For Sleepyheads Only

Norway’s Flunk offer up a brand of hazy, hypnotic downbeat on their debut For Sleepyheads Only that is easy to admire, but difficult to

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10 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Fever: Pink on Pink EP

The 1980s are back in vogue, for better or worse. With bands like Interpol garnering critical success for aping Joy Division, Duran Duran earning a

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	Stanley Clarke: 1, 2 to the Bass

Stanley Clarke‘s first “proper” studio album after almost ten years is neither the unmitigated disaster some broadsheet reviews would have you believe, nor is

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10 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Broadcast: HaHa Sound

When I’m writing about music, I have to constantly remind myself not to get seduced by the trappings of cool. It can be even

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9 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Si Begg: Director’s Cut

Director’s Cut is the debut release from Si Begg, at least under his own name. You may know Begg’s work already from his

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9 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Over the Rhine: Ohio

Let me get this straight right from the start: I have never heard any of Over the Rhine‘s records before this one, I have

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9 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Dead or Alive: Evolution: The Hits

In an attempt to perform a pre-emptive strike of sorts, I’d like to begin this review by favoring you with a witticism often uttered

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9 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Dressy Bessy: self-titled

What can you say about Dressy Bessy that hasn’t already been repeated? The Denver foursome with ties to the overly name-checked Elephant 6 collective has

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	Tab Benoit: The Sea Saint Sessions

Dedicated to the memory of his brother, Chad Atwell, Tab Benoit went about this album in a rather play by the seat of one’s

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	Bad Brains: Banned in D.C.: Bad Brains Greatest Riffs

Hardcore punk pioneers Bad Brains were an anomaly in 1979, and remain one still today. Easily one of the most ferocious bands in the history of

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9 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Ray Benson: Beyond Time

Ray Benson‘s list of accolades and achievements got a little bit longer earlier this year when the Texas House of Representatives Committee on State

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9 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Nobody’s Fool (1994)

Paul Newman plays Donald 'Sully' Sullivan, a shiftless 60-year-old forever dodging his responsibilities.

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9 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Warren Zevon outlived his doctor's diagnosis by several months. Originally, all he claimed he wanted to do was live to see the next James Bond film; instead, he turned 'four months left to live' into an entire year.

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9 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

  Homecoming 2003 or How I Ended Up Onstage With Iggy and the Stooges In 1967, a young, aspiring bluesman named Jim Osterberg left his hometown of

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The Star SpanglesPhoto credit: Howard Thompson The Smithereens   Something Old, Something New . . . A headlining appearance by the Smithereens would have been appropriate 15 years ago.

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9 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Photo credit: John Ballon S E T    L I S T Your Mind and We Belong TogetherOrange SkiesMy Little Red BookAlone Again OrA

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9 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Photo credit: Roger Sargent   The Libertines faced a number of obstacles before they even set foot on stage at Irving Plaza. For one, they

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Photo credit: Bill Groll   The Continental Club is an old hangout on the south side of Austin, the part of town where people believe

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9 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

:. e-mail this article:. print this article:. comment on this article Dave Gahan, known the world ‘round as the lead singer of seminal synth-pop band Depeche

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9 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

24: Season 2

'This is a red meat show. People kill people and go eat a sandwich right after.'

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Lost in La Mancha (2002)

What will most surely whet fans' appetites are the DVD's two 50-minute interviews with Terry Gilliam.

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9 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Identity (2003)

As James Mangold neatly puts it, these characters are running along 'a kind of Möbius strip of hell.'"

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9 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Double Vision (Shuang Tong) (2002)

Shows how the struggle to see and know is an increasingly complex and global one.

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9 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Day of the Dolphin (1973)

Jake is a '70s-style father, kindly but determined to teach worthy lessons even when he feels his child/dolphin's pain.

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9 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Core (2003)

While the film probably can't be recuperated, Jon Amiel's commentary on the DVD works some wonders of its own.

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9 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Bulletproof Monk (2003)

'The big challenge we faced in the beginning is that, in the comic book, the Bulletproof Monk really isn't in the comic.'"

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7 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Nate Sallie: Inside Out

The bio says that Nate Sallie‘s path musically was something that probably wasn’t the main thing on his list of career opportunities. A

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7 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Enon: Hocus Pocus

Enon make music as gaudy and as busy as their record sleeves. Their roots are in such radically diverse sounds (Brainiac and Blonde Redhead, among

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7 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	eastmountainsouth: self-titled

Sometimes an artist’s background is ripe with quirky anecdotes; the sort of thing that makes for a fun transition between the bio and the

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7 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Regina Carter: Paganini: After a Dream

Regina Carter hit the newsstands at the end of 2001 by becoming the first non-Classical musician and first African American to play the renowned Paganini violin “

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	June Carter Cash: Wildwood Flower

“What June did for me was post signs along the way, lift me when I was weak, encourage me when I was discouraged, and love

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7 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Tim Bluhm: The Soft Adventure EP/Colts

Musicians are often criticized for appropriating identities naturally alien to them. A kid from the suburbs singing about the anxieties of city life can be

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7 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Blue Series Continuum: The GoodandEvil Sessions

The eclectic jazzmen recording for the Thirsty Ear label have spent the last few years as musical mad scientists of sorts. Toiling away in the

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	Various Artists: Matinee 50

Matinee Records is one of the finer purveyors of indie pop currently in the game. Based out of California but specializing in primarily British music

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4 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	You Am I: Deliverance

Australia’s You Am I have been at the music game for about a decade, but it seems like much longer. That impression is hardly

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4 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Loudon Wainwright III: So Damn Happy

To find the comedy in tragedy is the mark of a mature talent. Loudon Wainwright III has it in spades. When you marry a gift

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4 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Stills: Rememberese

The Stills stand at indie music’s paradox of popularity: they’ve reached the threshold of being hip, but they now teeter on the brink

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4 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Swell: Bastards & Rarities 1989-1994

It’s a good thing that Swell has attached the years 1989-1994 onto the end of the title of this collection of b-sides. If they

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4 Sep 2003 // 11:00 PM

Pulp: Hits

Pulp have a greatest hits record, and it’s about goddamned time. The enigmatic group, fronted by the inimitable Jarvis Cocker, are by far the oldest and wisest of the Britpop behemoths.

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	Junior Senior: D-d-don’t Don’t Stop the Beat

This review needs to do a lot of things. Let’s list them out. 1. Mention that Junior Senior is a Danish dance-pop duo and that

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	The Darkness: Permission to Land

You really start to notice how badly people crave simple, idiotic, happy rock music when you see how many of them are actually paying to

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	The Black Heart Procession: Hearts and Tanks

Some kind of riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma is going on here. Whatever is wrong with this picture seems “wrong” on so

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4 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Fans are forming their own entertainment subcultures, creating their own distinct meanings, and, to steal a phrase from the IWW, creating a 'new society within the shell of the old.'

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4 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

Many (children) continue to live with their parents into their thirties and consume the family's savings in college tuition, sumptuous weddings, expensive divorces, and parasitic habits.

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Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003)

David Spade movies are pathetic by definition.

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4 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Battle of Shaker Heights (2003)

One minute, it's a bumbling adolescent romance; the next, it's a family melodrama; and at still another, it's a schoolboy caper flick.

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"The indelible experiences of Trevor Noah's past have been parlayed into his memoir, Born a Crime, a history of a life living under racial divide.

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