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Star Trek: Insurrection (Special Collector’s Edition) (1998)

Star Trek: Insurrection has been left without a defender of its particulars. I volunteer.

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	Various Artists: The Sexual Life of the Savages: Underground Post-Punk from São Paulo, Brazil

As with nearly any compilation, there are a few bands that were mercifully limited to one track, but that doesn't make the collection any less vital to anyone who's interested in Brazilian music or post-punk in general.

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	Various Artists: Elko! A Cowboy’s Gathering

Every January, for the last 21 years in a row, a whole bunch of people converge in Elko, Nevada, for the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. You

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	Bill Laswell / Various Artists: Trojan Dub Massive Chapters One & Two

Thundering dub + space-rocker Bill Laswell = Spacey, even more thundering dub. Should you care?"

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	KaS Product: Try Out [Remastered]

Meet KaS Product, an obscure French new wave band of the '80s that combined cocktail jazz and bargain basement electronica. No, it doesn't make much more sense 20 years later.

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	The Coral: The Invisible Invasion

Already on their fourth album, this British septet trades in sea chanties and craziness for consistency.

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	Marcia Ball: Live! Down the Road

An over-glossy sound makes this first-ever live album of Gator music and blues a bit distant, but the piano chops and down-home vocals shine through.

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	Buckwheat Zydeco: Jackpot!

Oh mon dieu! Les roi de zydeco est... sorry, Buckwheat Zydeco's first album in eight years is a tad tamer and Hammond organ heavier than usual but still filled with the accordion-tinged blues found in Cajun bayous everywhere.

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13 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

's intrigue stems from the impossibility of determining how seriously they take themselves. You want to laugh at them, but you're never sure if the joke is really on you.

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13 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

Family Guy / American Dad

The timetable for studio animation is slow, which means that American Dad's political jokes are dated as soon as they're written.

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Godlike by Richard Hell

The overall affect is the same as if your best friend called one day and said, 'An elephant walked into my apartment today and to get it out I had to beat up a rabbi,' and then hung up.

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	Various Artists: Bonnaroo Music Festival 2004

A strong, if somewhat single-minded, two disc compilation of the best from Bonnaroo 2004.

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	Dwight Yoakam: Blame the Vain

Two decades into an impressive recording career, Dwight Yoakam continues to deliver the ten-gallon goods.

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	X: Live in Los Angeles [CD and DVD]

The seminal LA punk band that has never quite broken up plays their best songs with their classic line-up on the Sunset Strip. And, to our relief, they still sound like much more than just a punk band.

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12 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Nick Tosches: fuckthelivingfuckthedead

Tosches writes like a jazz musician plays, starting with a theme and riffing off from there.

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12 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

Static-X: Start a War

Start a War sees the return of some old friends and an old sound. Welcome home.

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	Janis Joplin: Pearl [Legacy Edition]

Joplin's posthumous soulful classic is beefed up by a bonus disc of live 'Festival Express' recordings. It's a record that shows her at her height with mere months left to live.

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12 Jun 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Gruf: Hopeless

The Canadian North has microphone fiends, and producers gone grime, and you ain't heard of that?"

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We3

10 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

Where does the reluctant warrior go when the war ends?

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10 Jun 2005 // 12:00 AM

has the means and the music to break well beyond her indie station.

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'Staircase' Is Gay in a Melancholy Way

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"Unfairly cast aside as tasteless during its time for its depiction of homosexuality, Staircase is a serious film in need of a second critical appraisal.

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