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	The Wil Seabrook Band: It’s Your Life & They’re Living It For You

I half-liked some of the riffs on It’s Your Life & They’re Living It For You. That’s it. That’s the best

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	Eddie Henderson: So What

The tributes to Miles Davis keep coming, demonstrating what an incredible influence the man had over the jazz genre that both celebrated and reviled him.

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18 May 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Apes: Oddeyesee

How can you not get a huge kick out of The Apes? The Washington, D.C. quartet shamelessly embraces every cheesy aspect of ‘70s progressive

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15 May 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Those Peabodys: Unite Tonight

“File under: ‘Rock and roll like it’s supposed to be, not like it is’,” reads Those Peabodys’ press release. Needless to say, with such

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15 May 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Nobukazu Takemura: Songbook

1.0 Nobukazu Takemura is a Japanese electronic musician who sometimes goes by the name Child’s View and (less often) the name Assembler. He is also

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15 May 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Willie Nelson: The Essential Willie Nelson

One the funniest commercials to air during this year’s Super Bowl was undoubtedly Willie Nelson’s spot hawking H&R Block. Due to

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	Midnight Evils: Straight ‘Til Morning

If you hold it up to the sun, this bottle, it looks kinda like the your momma’s womb, don’t it? Shit. What is

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	Jon Langford & His Sadies: Mayors of the Moon

It is oddly fitting that in this world of fractured genres, one man is called upon to support an entire scene. Welsh-born resident alien Jon

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	Flaming Sideburns: Sky Pilots

Sure, the album title denotes air travel, but Finnish quintet the Flaming Sideburns have made a lane change on the rock and roll highway with

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	John Coltrane: A Love Supreme [Deluxe Edition]

Any serious attempts at jazz or blues scholarship—professional or amateur—invariably lead to searches for rare or lost artifacts whose existence is rumored but

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	Caustic Resin: Keep on Truckin

Caustic Resin’s Keep on Truckin can seriously fuck with your head. A pounding, balls-to-the-wall paean to the lost art of the guitar, it bears

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15 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

People I Know (2003)

It's a tribute to Pacino's skill as an actor that, although we pity Eli, we also understand his fatigue.

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15 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Fellini: I’m a Born Liar (2003)

The right way to make a documentary on Fellini is to fantasize a little about the persona, rather than to seek the 'truth' of the man.

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15 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Down With Love (2003)

At its best, Down With Love celebrates this fictional elegance with a corresponding airiness.

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Dracula: Pages From a Virgin’s Diary (2002)

The lasciviously titled Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary is a reliably unhinged exponent of Maddin's antiquarian vision.

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15 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Dancer Upstairs (2002)

Both the terrorists and the administration, ironically, invest in a paradoxical faith -- in the power of seeing and remaining unseen.

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	Various Artists: Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan

Over the course of his 40 year career, Bob Dylan has always stayed one step ahead of the rest of the world. In the mid-‘60s,

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14 May 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Pete Yorn: Day I Forgot

Pete Yorn is so free of pretension, you wonder how he stands up in the rock and roll business. He accomplishes this lack of affectation

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14 May 2003 // 11:00 PM

	The Watchers: To the Rooftops

Pay attention, people, because this one’s going to be some Entertainment! that just keeps “Burning Down the House”. To the Rooftops is the latest

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14 May 2003 // 11:00 PM

	U.S. Bombs: Covert Action

Picture this: spikey haircuts, angry scowls, one guy wearing chains, another dressed in a suit (with curious Rod Stewart style haircut), tattoos galore, and the

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	Sahara Hotnights: C’Mon Let’s Pretend

OK, let’s get this straight . . . four Swedish teenagers get together and form a punk/pop band. They hone their skills to the point where

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	Trent Summar and The New Row Mob: Live! at 12th and Porter

Having graced the stage of the Grand Ole Opry on a few occasions and touring in Poland and Japan, Trent Summar and the New Row

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14 May 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Rivulets: Debridement

It is perhaps trite to compare such unimaginable suffering with as slight an indie release as Rivulets’ Debridement, especially on the basis of a shared

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14 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

The idea of the West is merely the last phase and manifestation of the clash of titans between Germany on the one hand, and Russia on the other.

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14 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

Morpheus is a stanch warrior and provocative thinker, as well as a black man in a world where the machines' agents tend to be white men in suits.

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No one can sit in this conference and be unaware of the U.N's guiding principle: the need for peaceful settlement of global conflicts.

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Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal by Ian Christe

A meticulous book as dense and pummeling as the music it chronicles.

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Roughed Up by Simon Sheppard and M. Christian

These stories vibrate with the darker sides of civilization and the animal within, proving there is something valuable here beyond the prurient.

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In Defence of Adultery by Julia Copus

Copus is above all a poet of enquiry and careful scrutiny, using conceits of almost metaphysical intensity to trigger the reader's curiosity.

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City of Secrets: The Truth Behind the Murders at the Vatican by John Follain

While it makes for good reading loaded with great description, it can definitely been seen as biased, and therefore non-credible.

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13 May 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Joshua Ryan: By Design

If you’re a dance music fan, you probably vaguely remember a progressive anthem from the summer/fall of 2000 called “Pistolwhip”, which for a while

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	Placebo: Sleeping With Ghosts

A distinct and puzzling mean-spiritedness toward pan-cultural (Scottish-American, English, Swedish) poster boys Placebo has been emanating from some critical quarters lately, most of it directed

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	Owen: No Good For No One Now

This awkwardly titled release featuring seven longish songs best described as “emo folk” by a generically named artist wrapped in nauseatingly cute cover art which

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	The Ozark Mountain Daredevils: Men From Earth

Editors always give the same advice when it comes to trashing someone’s music. “Don’t just say it’s bad. Don’t just say

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	808 State: Outpost Transmission

If pressed to name a band from the brief but terribly fun Madchester scene, odds are most would mention a band that was either not

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	Bitter, Bitter Weeks: self-titled

It all seems so easy. Give a guy a guitar, a poignant outlook on life, and a sober voice with which to spin the tales.

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13 May 2003 // 11:00 PM

	Absinthe Blind: Rings

The Absinthe Blind are as British as an American band can sound like. With a lush, quasi-symphonic approach and sweeping waves of guitars, the sibling

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In the spring of 1992, while white America blinked fearfully at the images of anarchy in the streets of South Central Los Angeles on their television screens, fans of Ice Cube's incendiary raps and rants simply nodded knowingly to themselves. No one could deny that Ice Cube not only had his pulse on the state of L.A.'s civic affairs long before they erupted into violence, but that he also concretized a vocal resistance to entrenched racism and oppression more capably than anyone in hip-hop at the time, including Public Enemy.

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13 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Cex :. e-mail this article:. print this article:. comment on this article Here in the Pacific Northwest, it’s been raining since November. And the arrival

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13 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Cex This had to be last show at which you’d expect a drumset. The Postal Service and Cex are two of the many new

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13 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

It’s 10 pm on a Monday night, the band is playing, and exhausted parents can’t help but lovingly stuff their kids’ ears with cotton

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Matt Pond PA Bitter Bitter Weeks What is it about Matt Pond PA that so inflames the crabby asses of supercilious rock critics? I’ve

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13 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Godfathers of Soul Jazz meet the Godfather of Soul The Masters of Groove. The Jazz Standard. The Godfather of Soul. Meek names they are

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13 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

According to Mobius Band, the group directly preceding the Hong Kong’s act at the Mercury Lounge tonight, Time Out New York has declared that

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13 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Try to explain Deerhoof to your non-initiated friends, and you’ll find yourself at a loss for words: “It’s this kickass rock band, see,

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12 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

We expect more from PBS. The competition is too stiff now, with four other networks showing commercial-free preschool programming. PBS Kids: It's time for really new ideas.

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Dawson’s Creek: The Complete First Season

Dawson Leery is not what you'd call a headlong rusher.

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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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