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Born of the Fourth of July by Ron Kovic

The story is desperate, it's harrowing, and in light of current events, it's as timely now as it was when it first arrived.

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16 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Sin City (2005)

Like the guys, the girls are undone by their reliance on conventional male power signs.

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15 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Vanity Project: The Vanity Project

Has someone already used the joke, 'Vanity, thy name is Steven Page?' They have? Oh, well.

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	Shantel: Bucovina Club Vol. 2

I find it remarkably difficult to judge whether or not this album is an exercise in crackpot genre-bending or legitimately visionary postmodernism.

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	SFJazz Collective: SFJazz Collective

Let it be clear that this is no jazz equivalent of the Wu-Tang Clan, coming together like Voltron to rescue the music from its infinitesimal market share.

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15 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Willie Nelson: Countryman

Nelson can't be faulted for the effort, and there are some good songs, but the 'regguntry' mix sadly is a hit and miss affair.

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	Ahmad Jamal: The Legendary Okeh and Epic Recordings

These are the early sides that turned Miles Davis into a lifelong fan of this swinging, elegant pianist.

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	Idlewild: Warnings/Promises

The normally exuberant Scottish band have toned things down, with mixed results.

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	Ezekiel Honig & Morgan Packard: Early Morning Migration

Quintessential iPod music -- a soothing album that's not afraid to be quiet.

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It's been nine hours since we left Sydney and the only thing keeping me awake is the hot cigarette butt burning between my fingers...

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15 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Killer 7

For better or worse, Killer 7 is a bold game that sadly seems to suffer from the same disorder as its lead character.

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The Chorus (Les Choristes) (2004)

Christophe Barratier's Les Choristes demonstrates that French directors can challenge America's best in the saccharine stakes.

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15 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Bottom of the Sea (El Fondo del Mar) (2003)

The Bottom of the Sea is a thriller, but not for the usual reasons.

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	Various Artists: Putumayo Presents: American Folk

This pleasant ramble through the contemporary singer-songwriter world isn't essential, but it's pretty folking good.

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	Waco Brothers: Freedom and Weep

Freedom and Weep is, in the best sense of the phrase, more of the same from the alt-country's elder statesmen.

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	Steel Train: Twilight Tales From the Prairies of the Sun

Sophomore album from roots-meets-jam band has some fine songs but rarely maintains this momentum.

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	Son Volt: A Retrospective: 1995-2000

A look back at why Son Volt was so essential at one time, and a bit of insight into why Jay Farrar has not been since their parting.

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14 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Eddie Palmieri: Listen Here

Listen Here is adventurous without being pretentious, reckless but still controlled, both fun and challenging.

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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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