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Postmortem: How Medical Examiners Explain Suspicious Deaths by Stefan Timmermans

Each chapter is interesting and informative, full of historical anecdotes, careful accounts of autopsy procedure, and thorough explanations of forensic logic.

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23 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Alec Empire: Futurist

If ever the United States needed a prophet of unrestrained and articulate politicized anger, it's now.

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23 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Rick Ross: Port of Miami

Miami rapper channels your local multiplex.

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23 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Boy Kill Boy: Civilian

Have you had enough of '80s new wave yet? No? Well, then, Boy Kill Boy may have just the catchy hooks to tide you over until the new Killers album drops.

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Patricia Barber: Mythologies

Jazz pianist, vocalist, and writer Patricia Barber plays it too cool on the overly restrained Mythologies.

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23 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Sam Roberts: Chemical City

Take Dylan's scratchy vocals, channel it through Springsteen's pop grandeur, and throw some of Lennon's psychedelia on for good measure... but Chemical City still manages to disappoint with those ingredients.

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23 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Edgar Meyer: Edgar Meyer

The classical bassist with a woodsy bent indulges his inner folkie by overdubbing mandolin, dobro, guitar, piano, and gamba in a series of pastoral tone poems.

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The Goldstars: Purple Girlfriend

When you think of Chicago, garage rock doesn’t come to mind, but the Goldstars mix a bit of soul and Booker T. into the

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Clouds Forming Crowns: Race To The Blackout

No more GBV? Don’t worry dear people, you still have Pollard! And you also have Clouds Forming Crowns -- a shaggy, ragged and at time joyous offshoot of what once was GBV.

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22 Aug 2006 // 4:00 PM

Matthew Herbert

Hello, good evening, and welcome to the show.

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Drift Yellow Swans: Drift Yellow Swans

Bay Area noise duo Yellow Swans’ latest is, as ever, released under a new band name in their ongoing attempt to confound record store attempts

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22 Aug 2006 // 6:00 AM

Over The Atlantic: Junica

New Zealand laptop/guitar pop duo craft Postal Service-like ballads that flow a little too smoothly by

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22 Aug 2006 // 4:00 AM

Maino: King of the City

Keeping it gully is so important to Brooklyn rapper Maino that on “Paper Gangster” he actually says, “you rap / that ain’t that hard to

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Jandek: What Else Does the Time Mean

What Else Does the Time Mean is wonderful for those who appreciate Jandek's form of anti-music, and utterly impenetrable for the uninitiated.

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22 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Cursive: Happy Hollow

Omaha postpunkers get political, bring the horns, on 14 "hymns for the heathen".

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22 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Snakes on a Plane (2006)

The criminals have to come up with an outlandish plot and the relationship between law and lawlessness thence devolves into one of mutual deterrence, theorization perpetuated into extremity.

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22 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Material Girls (2006)

"What a tragedy," says Inez, when the sisters complain about riding the city bus. "Right up there with the national debt."

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22 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Syrian Bride (2006)

The Syrian Bride, like Walk on Water and the Oscar-nominated Paradise Now, is part of the optimistic Israeli New Wave in filmmaking, these days. And it's well worth watching.

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22 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Boy Detective Fails by Joe Meno

Meno's writing is clever and whimsical, yet a feeling of quiet solemnity pervades.

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22 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Libertine (2004)

Rochester is "a beaten man," observes writer-director Laurence Dunmore, "Whilst he sort of knee-jerks the defiance."

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