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	Da Beatminerz: Fully Loaded W/ Statik

Da Beatminerz probably aren't going to be on your shadow sibling's radio, but you can turn them on.

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2 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Afternoons: Rocket Summer

Moog-splashed twee pop from a Welsh band that will have you pleasantly dreaming your summer away.

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2 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

In theory the Fanclub present a fascinating cast of characters but in application moments of visual excitement are few and far between.

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2 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Meet Mister Mom

Here's a good one. Take the moms away from two households for a week and watch the dads freak out while trying to manage the kids and domestic duties.

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MirrorMask: The Illustrated Film Script of the Motion Picture from The Jim Henson Company by Neil Ga

And so we have the strange situation in which we can peruse at length the full script and storyboards well before we have any chance of seeing the movie itself. It's the ultimate spoiler.

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2 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Unreal (2004)

Kudos to the cast, who capture the barely concealed irony of most reality shows: people appear as their 'unscripted' selves, but they are acting.

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2 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Guess Who (2005)

In this comedic refraction of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?, by way of Meet the Parents and basic black-white buddydom, Ashton Kutcher's partner is Bernie Mac.

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	Various Artists: Klein Records All Stars Vol. 1

This compilation of mostly rare and as-yet-unreleased cuts does a wonderful job of spotlighting the label's strengths.

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	Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Bottleneck Blues

Slip sliding away... A look back at bottleneck blues' power and passion.

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	Triakel: Songs from 63 Degrees N

Delicious traditional Swedish music -- with harmonium! -- from the band named after dark, sweet licorice.

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	Beanie Sigel: The B. Coming

This is another insanely over-produced rap record for old people who still want gangsta but none of the loudness associated with it.

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1 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	David Mead: Wherever You Are

Short but delightfully sweet, David Mead serves up six tracks from a 'lost' album / musical love letter to NYC.

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	Lowlights: Dark End Road

Lowlights doesn't so much make music as motion pictures in sound. Haunting and lonesome, this is true country -- alternative or whatever.

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1 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Fleshtones: Beachhead

Every once and a while, when the mood strikes them, the Fleshtones release an album of primal garage rock to remind the youngsters how it's really done.

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	Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah likely has a very bright career ahead of them, but they're only just getting started.

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Ryan: The Special Edition (2004)

Ryan Larkin is smothered by his own work, unable to meet others' expectations but still swamped by a desire to create.

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1 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Seeing Keys without thousands of fans in my way certainly seemed like a nice way to spend an evening. Attending alongside a 'wonderful young lady' sealed the deal.

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Tony Bourdain: No Reservations

Mostly, Tony Bourdain is mad at us, for allowing our taste buds to be tainted by fast food and microwaved mediocrity.

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1 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

With her astonishing run of the first five books, Rowling's magical thrillers have grown increasingly darker, using deaths in books four and five to really give the story's arc an emotional heft the first trio were thin on.

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The Street With No Name / House of Bamboo (1948/1955)

The men's relationship is rerouted through any number of bizarre set pieces, the sort of brilliant incongruity that Fuller loved to wreak.

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