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The Happies: If We Were Really Here

Grazing press clips for Salt Lake City’s apparent finest, the Happies, I can agree with most writers on the owners of the footsteps the

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3 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Feasting on Asphalt

Alton Brown's recipes usually work, but he uses flow charts and slide rules to figure out serving sizes and cookie diameters.

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Who Wants to be a Superhero?

Being mere mortals, contestants are not expected to leap tall buildings, stop bullets, or outrace locomotives. Instead, they are tested on the human qualities of heroism: compassion, intelligence, attentiveness, and selflessness.

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3 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ali Farka Touré: Savane

Western blues is brought to the fore on Savane, the excellent final recording from Ali Farka Touré.

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3 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Imagine Me & You (2005)

Heck's heartbreak, the most resonanting aspect of this film, is not necessarily a bad thing, but it sure does drain the piss out of Luce and Rachel's final, loving, lesbian embrace.

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Johnny Cash: Man in Black: Live in Denmark 1971 [DVD]

If you're on a budget, and hankering for some vintage Cash on video, well here you go. But it's a bit stiff.

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Greg Graffin: Cold as the Clay

Graffin's distinctive vocals from his Bad Religion days transfer remarkably well into folk and country music

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3 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Excepter: Alternation

An overwhelming drone of noise that's ceaselessly propelled chemically forward.

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Dashboard Confessional: Dusk and Summer

At least the old Carrabba had a bit of slow crescendo in his whining.

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3 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Irma Thomas: After the Rain

New Orleans's Queen of Soul shows she has as much resilience as her hometown on her first album in six years.

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Various Artists: Paupers, Peasants, Princes and Kings

Few of these bands have anything like the personality it takes to become a great cover band. Some of them, however, do have the sense to come in out of the rain.

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Jeffrey Foucault: Ghost Repeater

Jeffrey Foucault is the kind of songwriter who works within tradition and furthers it in a simultaneous moment, a true glimpse into the future of folk music.

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Vivian Linden: Watch the Light Fade

Backed by a seasoned horde of Seattle musicians, Vivian Linden paints a dark, dreary backdrop on several of these songs so she can draw you

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2 Aug 2006 // 9:01 AM

Ted Wulfers: Cheap Liquor

Ted Wulfers lives in a hard drinkin’, hard lovin’, hard livin’ world—all of which comes out on his eight-song mini-album, Cheap Liquor. These are

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Cordovan: Highway 10 Blues

Gil Evans incorporated electronic music into his work, following up a conviction that the rhythm of new jazz should be, and had always been, what

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2 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

V for Vendetta (2006)

"He's a pretty complex man," says Hugo Weaving of V. "He's been imprisoned and tortured and abused mentally and physically... and then burnt in fire."

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2 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

30 Days

It's not an earth-shattering revelation that illegal immigrants are people too. But 30 Days turned a debate too often reliant on PR spin or faceless statistics into affecting drama.

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Chip Taylor: Unglorious Hallelujah / Red, Red Rose

In these two discs, we get a full-on tour of the 62-year-old mind of one of the great American songwriters.

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Silversun Pickups: Carnavas

This enjoyable disc hearkens back to when indie rock hooks were big, and the guitars sounded even bigger.

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I Hate Myself and Want to Die: The 52 Most Depressing Songs You’ve Ever Heard

Reynolds serves as an admirable tour guide through his murderers' row of craptastically depressing tunes.

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