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24 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

Bewitched (2005)

Like most movies starring Will Ferrell and all movies based on TV series, this one tries too hard.

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	Various Artists: The Bunny Lee Rock Steady Years

Moll-Selekta has quickly established a considerable reputation with impressive reissues of Jamaican artists, such as Cornel Campbell and Barry Brown. The Bunny Lee Rock Steady Years is its latest set of golden nuggets.

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	Pine*am: Pull the Rabbit Ears

J-Pop yawningly steamed over with vapid electronic textures.

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23 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Old Haunts: Fallow Field

If minor chords, eighth notes from a fuzz bass, and the occasional arpeggio rupture make you salivate, read on.

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	Ozzy Osbourne: Prince of Darkness

The good, the bad, the ugly, and the truly questionable from the Prince of Darkness and Metal's reigning Court Jester.

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23 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Mae Shi: Heartbeeps

Short attention spans are often liabilities. But the Mae Shi have fueled their creativity with ADD -- in one-minute bursts, of course.

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	Kraftwerk: Minimum-Maximum

Man or machine? Live or digital? Will the questions ever end?"

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23 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Hot Snakes: Audit in Progress

The third release from Swami's flagship band finds them trading in a bit of their venom for a sweeter bite, but make no mistake: these snakes are still as deadly as ever.

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23 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

This MC is too good, too talented and too clever to become a token rapper for well-off liberal arts majors.

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23 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

Archer Maclean’s Mercury

What's truly frustrating about Mercury isn't that it lacks opportunities for freeform play, but that it builds up such a need for it.

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23 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

Black Virgin Mountain by Larry Heinemann

Heinemann launches into a second-person narrative guiding the reader through a tense meditation as a soldier exploring the dark and dangerous unknown. The book breathes again (a stale, humid, underground breath) and it's as if we had never left the genuinely captivating part of his colorful brain.

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23 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Wool Cap (2004)

Though Gigot harbors no real affinity for the tenants, he can't tell them when he's annoyed or out of sorts due to his being mute.

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	The Matthew Skoller Band: These Kind of Blues!

Chicago harmonica maestro blows and blows, but in a very good, old-time blues kind of way.

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	Solvent: Elevators + Oscillators

Jason's addendum: odds and sods, or remixes and revisits?"

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	Ruins: Vrresto [remastered]

Japanese power duo's 1998 release remains as fresh, vital, and challenging as it did seven years ago.

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22 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Nathan Larson: FilmMusik

Former Shudder to Think frontman's burgeoning career in film scoring is assessed in this collection, featuring his contributions to Boys Don't Cry, Prozac Nation, and Dirty Pretty Things.

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	Bob James: Live at Montreux [DVD]

DVD release of a 1985 concert by the pianist and his crack band of proto-smooth jazz fusioneers.

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	The Dead 60s: The Dead 60s

Playing the degeneration game. The Dead 60s take us back to the days of a leaden age.

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	C-Rayz Walz: Year of the Beast

C-Rayz Walz can write a rhyme, that much is obvious -- now, he just needs to learn the art of building momentum.

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	Chet Baker: Career: 1952-1988

Chet Baker was a second or even third-tier trumpeter but an often first-class singer. This retrospective offers a view of his entire career, the complex ups and downs of which belie the simplicity of his art.

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