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Philosophy of New Music by Theodor Adorno; Translated by Robert Hullot-Kentor

For Adorno, the opiate of the masses in late capitalism was not religion, but culture, and mass-produced culture was little more than a drug that served no other capacity than the reification and perpetuation of the dominance of capital -- culture as product that could only produce more product as culture.

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19 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Okie Dokie

Andrews may be a scatological sociologist or an anthropologist of the real, if you will, but he's also an important artist.

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Arling & Cameron: Hi-Fi Underground

The po-faced genre-jumbling that is supposed to enliven this record has already been done better, and somewhat fresher, recently.

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Magnolia Electric Co.: Fading Trails

Good songs culled from four different sessions for four different albums makes Magnolia's latest scatterbrained and unsatisfying.

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19 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Jim Noir: Tower of Love

Tower of Love hums with 60s pop brilliantine and childhood nostalgia, its easy grace and catchy melodies difficult to resist

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19 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Pretty Flowers: Pretty Flowers

Garage punk band has some skills, but they're buried under murky production.

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Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials: Rattleshake

An heir to the so-called "reincarnation of Elmore James", Ed Williams, A1 blues slide guitarist, rocks blues in a strong little combo -- live!

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19 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Doug Powell: Four Seasons

Doug Powell wrote songs for the New Cars. They said no. He kept them. And they're head and shoulders above anything Elliott Easton and Todd Rundgren brought to their Version 2.0 table.

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Chris Smither: Leave the Light On

Smither's songs, his singing, and his playing make this a wonderful acoustic folk and blues album.

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18 Sep 2006 // 11:50 PM

Earlymay: Little Answers

Even this slight jump forward doesn't give Earlymay enough of an identity to really make an impact.

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18 Sep 2006 // 4:00 PM

Emily Haines

has that down pat.

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18 Sep 2006 // 8:00 AM

Russian Circles: Enter

A massively heavy instrumental album that packs more sonic oomph into one song than most bands can muster in a career

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18 Sep 2006 // 6:00 AM

Sound Advice: Play Anything

Yeah, it's intriguing to hear Sam Cooke blend into the Bangles, but it's not the best way to spend an hour.

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18 Sep 2006 // 4:00 AM

Eux Autres: Hell Is Eux Autres

Reissue gives brilliantly hooky pop band a second crack at a larger audience, and it's well worth it.

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Various Artists: Irie Reggae Hits: Best of Dancehall

Document of a near-dead genre, this is a timecapsule at most.

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Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip plays a lot like a lip-glossed The West Wing. Not a bad thing necessarily, but not a radical rethinking of primetime TV either.

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Maneja Beto: Accidentes de Longitud y Latitud

Manejo Beto proves that too many ideas can wind up being too much of a potentially good thing.

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The Bennie Maupin Ensemble: Penumbra

Like a heavily coiled snake, bass clarinettist Bennie Maupin's latest will hypnotise you, encircle you and bite.

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18 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Track of the Cat (1954)

The film traps the viewer inside the cabin with the family one minute, then out in the snow the next, watching the windows and waiting.

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The Plot: The Secret Story of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion

Will Eisner's story shows the negative influence that this document has had in countries all over the world.

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