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How Soccer Explains the World: An (Unlikely) Theory of Globalization by Franklin Foer

The truth is that English football supporters were far from the lethal killing machines Foer would have you believe.

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	Various Artists: Atlantiquity

A good remix is as much about a conceptual revision as rhythmical reinvention, and most of these remixers just don't seem to have any interest in making more than cosmetic alterations to the blueprints.

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	Windsor for the Derby: Giving Up the Ghost

Question: How can a 30-minute CD sound much longer? Answer: Give each song only a verse, play only two chords, forget to boost the vocals in the mix, buy a drum machine from 1987, and stretch each song longer than it was ever meant to stretch.

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	Langhorne Slim: When the Sun’s Gone Down

Folksy boogie ditties that make you think of Jack White at times, Cat Stevens in others, but both living the life of a blues-cum-bluegrass-cum-folk troubadour.

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10 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Kinski: Alpine Static

Northwest instrumental drone/psych-mongers Kinski take another stab at rising above their peers with an album of tight, muscular rock riffs and lulling atmospherics. But ultimately, Alpine Static is a competent effort that covers no new ground.

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	The High Dials: War of the Wakening Phantoms

This is the sound of a psychedelic pop band wrapping itself into a cocoon, changing, hopefully, into something prettier and more distinctive.

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	Eliza Gilkyson: Paradise Hotel

It's her most accomplished and consistent work to-date.

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10 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Vivian Green: Vivian

Vivian Green declares her independence from the men in her life. She's dressed for the occasion in her leopard skin print bikini. It's time to make some money.

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10 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Decahedron: 2005

The latest slice of audio/video propaganda from the founding members of the Frodus Conglomerate International presents a spastic post-hardcore group on the verge of doing great things.

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10 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Baker forces the reader to confront these terrible images and leaves no room to distance oneself from the pain his characters experience.

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The Andy Griffith Show: The Complete Second Season

While Barney's marginality reinforces Andy's norm by contrast, their coupledom is consistent.

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10 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Average Joe: The Joes Strike Back

The final competition involved words and sentiment, shifting the advantage to Nathan, despite a tropical location that favored Rocky's fit physique.

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Chaucer: Ackroyd’s Brief Lives by Peter Ackroyd

But we don't remember Chaucer for his contributions to English governance, we remember him as perhaps the single most significant architect of the modern English language.

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Alexander: Director’s Cut (2004)

Oliver Stone calls his Alexander 'a new genre, a masculine-feminine action figure,' more like Monty Clift and James Dean than Russell Crowe.

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X-Ray Spex: Germ Free Adolescents

This reissued, oft-overlooked punk classic has never sounded more relevant.

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	Faris Nourallah: King of Sweden

An assured solo outing from one half of the Nourallah Brothers. The potential for greatness is here.

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	Allison Moorer: The Definitive Collection

This compilation chronicles Moorer's career prior to the decidedly rebellious The Duel. As The Definitive Collection illustrates, she was always an outsider.

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	Peter Grummich: Switch Off the Soap Opera

Peter Grummich is a master manipulator of minimalist mélange. He busts out some solid beats, too.

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	Lauren Ellis: Feels Like Family

This is not the 1970s, and being a 'woman in rock' is not an end in itself.

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Moving Pixels Podcast: 'The Fall' Explores Artificial Intelligence and Identity

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"The Fall raises questions about the self and personal identity by considering how an artificial intelligence governs itself.

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