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Chasing Elvis by Glenn P. Marcel

Elvis stands in popular culture a singular force whose persona like Whitman's permits contradictions and provokes an urge to make myths.

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The Prophecy: Forsaken (2005)

Here the angels are evil, God never makes an appearance, and humans are unreliable and fragile.

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	Windy and Carl: The Dream House / Dedications to Flea

From tragic origins comes evocative, vital drone.

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	Tender Forever: The Soft and the Hardcore

This is a woman who gazes upon the wet spot in her sheets, feels her cheeks burn, and pens a simple tune to remember the complex mix of endurance gymnastics and safety cuddling.

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	Ris Paul Ric: Purple Blaze

A murky, psychedelic journey through the backwaters of the former Q and Not U singer and bassist turns up a dense solo debut that is tough to get your head around.

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Green Day: Bullet in a Bible [CD + DVD]

Proof that Green Day are one of the world's best and biggest rock bands -- no qualifiers necessary.

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	Embrace Today: We Are the Enemy

Is being straight edge really that important, anymore?"

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	Greg Burk Trio: Nothing, Knowing

Between the poles of staunch convention and limitless freedom, Burk and Co. explore chaos and control.

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21 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

In the introduction to this book, Scott Morse talks of a friend's theory that the western is a sub-genre of comedy, and that the spaghetti western is a form of screwball comedy.

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The Economy of Prestige: Prizes, Awards, and the Circulation of Cultural Value by James F. English

Without passing any sort of overt judgment on cultural prizes themselves, English instead provides some illuminating research on the driving forces behind the 20th century proliferation of awards.

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Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)

For a comedy with so much politico-cultural baggage on its mind (and it's not above using Enron as a final punch line), Dick and Jane remains curiously inert.

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Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005)

Andy Shankman's poorly structured, unevenly paced, uninspired movie is set in summertime, which means its release is off season.

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	Ms. Dynamite: Judgement Days

It's a sense of responsibility that both blesses and dooms Judgement Days -- Ms. Dynamite takes on deadbeat dads, abusive priests, and the Prime Minister, all while embracing the joy of motherhood.

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	Lindsay Lohan: A Little More Personal (Raw)

Second coming of the girl who wants to come first threatens to leave listeners frigid.

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	Faunts: High Expectations/Low Results

An unfortunately all too appropriate title for this Canadian band's debut album.

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	Bill Frisell: East/West / Further East/Further West

A comprehensive and breathtaking tour of the musical world of today's most distinctive and singular guitarist.

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20 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Frigg: Oasis

Frigg is a fiddle group, first and foremost, and their fiddles are not the dark fiddles or rock fiddles or mystic fiddles that you might find on other Northside releases, no, these are dancing fiddles.

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	The Dead Science: Frost Giant

Art Rock finds a new home in the scary beauty that is Frost Giant.

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	Diana Darby: The Magdalene Laundries

A dreary and sad era makes the third effort for Diana Darby another bleak yet beautiful album.

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That ‘70s Show: Season Three

The show cleverly picks up on the aftermath of '60s revolutions and the Vietnam war, as well as the new decade's kitschy playfulness.

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Double Take: 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' (1969)

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"The two Steves at Double Take are often mistaken for Paul Newman and Robert Redford; so it's appropriate that they shoot it out over Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

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