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	Holopaw: Quit +/Or Fight

A quick fix of shimmery weirdness for Florida's second-most famous kinda-folk band recorded for a label on the opposite end of the lower 48, and a sophomore release that trumps the debut.

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	The Hotel Alexis: The Shining Example Is Lying on the Floor

Hoteliers make a nice bed, but I'm not sure I can stay in it all night.

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14 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Armando: Trax Classix

Long-unrecognized Chicago acid house pioneer finally gets his due.

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While there were long-hairs and Flying V-shaped guitars aplenty, this was hardly a one-trick pony afternoon.

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12 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Father of the Pride: The Complete Series

Beyond the Roy factor, the likely reason for Father of the Pride's failure is that it's just a really odd show.

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12 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Area 51

Some hardcore gamers may feel a little disappointed as Area 51 does not provide enough 'all-hell-is-breaking-loose' firefights as set pieces.

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12 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Oh Pure and Radiant Heart by Lydia Millet

It's fascinating to consider what the human forces behind the bomb would think of their work now, 60 years after the Trinity Test and the bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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12 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Skeleton Key (2005)

For anyone with even passing knowledge of Southern gothics, Violet (Gena Rowlands) is all red flags.

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Power Rangers: SPD - Joining Forces: Volume 1 (2004)

While CG was sweeping American cineplexes, other parts of the world still worshipped at the shrine of pen and ink.

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12 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Great Raid (2003)

The relationship between heroism and villainy remains reductive, subjective, and devastatingly predictable.

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12 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Grizzly Man (2005)

In the bears, the film proposes, Treadwell found companionship and refuge, a way to escape or maybe remake himself.

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12 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Four Brothers (2005)

In between the guilt-tripping and the domestic melodrama, the boys argue over priorities.

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12 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Aristocrats (2005)

The sheer number of performances wears thin by film's end.

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	Various Artists: Rockin’ the Spirit: Piano Blues, Boogie and Spirituals

Despite some inaccuracies in the marketing of this live date, the music contained within is sure to please any fan of jazz piano.

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	Various Artists: Thai Beat A Go-Go, Volume 3

The Thai Beat A Go-Go has reached its third and final installment, but continues to deliver the finest twists on the American pop formula from Siam.

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	Me’Shell Ndegeocello: The Spirit Music Jamia:  Dance of the Infidels

This is a jazz album, essentially, from the most adventurous artist in all of American R&B, but one that strains successfully even against the notoriously wide boundaries of jazz.

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11 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Malcolm Middleton: Into the Woods

Arab Strap's multi-instrumentalist ventures out on his own for the second time, and the results may surprise you. Into the Woods is a penetrating rumination on life, love, and the pursuit of something approaching happiness. It's easily his most mature, sonically adventurous work to date.

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	The Jim Yoshii Pile-Up: Picks Us Apart

You don't have to kill yourself to enjoy this record, but it certainly helps to try.

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	The Jessica Fletchers: Less Sophistication

Sunshine popsters return with another platter of bright and light psychedelic-era pop songs, much to the listener's delight.

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	Brian Eno: Another Day on Earth

While the review copy was difficult to access, the work was rewarding when finally uncovered. This is the timeless future-pop one expects from the rock snob icon.

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