The Science of the Yuk and the Yum of Things

The Science of the Yuk and the Yum of Things

By Catherine Ramsdell

John McQuaid blends history, scientific research, cultural studies, and personal anecdotes to create a lively and engaging history of taste. 4 May 2015 // 1:05 AM

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14 Mar 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Destroyer: Notorious Lightning & Other Works EP

Dan Bejar teams with Frog Eyes to bring some rock to the synth-based songs from last year's Your Blues.

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	Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: B-Sides and Rarities

On the heels of the album of their career, Cave and the Bad Seeds look back on their 20 years together with a three-disc collection of odds 'n' sods.

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14 Mar 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Precious Bryant: The Truth

If Fat Possum Records had a female star, akin to Robert Belfour or an acoustic R.L. Burnside, it would be Precious Bryant. And at 63, she's just getting started -- and getting better.

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	Bowling For Soup: A Hangover You Don’t Deserve

It would be easy to hold Bowling For Soup responsible for perceived shortcomings, but the band won their success the old-fashioned way: they earned it.

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	Various Artists: Give ‘Em the Boot IV

Hit-and-miss punk compilation often chooses empty aggression over the grace and commitment of the genre's hallmarks.

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13 Mar 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Pitty Sing: Pitty Sing

Molly Ringwald and John Hughes: are you listening? Pitty Sing's debut LP harks back to the classic sound of the '80s new wave and post-punk without sounding too much like a clichéd tribute band performing dated material.

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13 Mar 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Nedelle: From the Lion’s Mouth

Nedelle returns with a new solo effort that is much more personal and minimalist, which borders on charming and annoying.

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13 Mar 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Flesh: The Flesh

These party-weary New Yorkers reluctantly get dolled-up for the dance floor.

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13 Mar 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Kathleen Edwards: Back to Me

Kathleen Edwards picks up right where she left off, offering up an album that sometimes drags, but redeems itself with smart lyrics and a winning formula with a track record.

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	Better Than Ezra: Live at the House of Blues - New Orleans

They started touring back in 1988, and, aside from entering the studio to record once in awhile, they've hardly stopped. That's why it's so surprising that it's taken 15-plus years for them to release this, their first-ever live album.

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