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19 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

The infelicities of desire are only one of many impolite subjects dissected under Tatsumi's jaded pen.

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Curious Minds: How a Child Becomes a Scientist by John Brockman

We like our lives to be a seamless narrative, and it takes a lot of editing to turn the chaotic jumps of experience into a good story.

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	World Leader Pretend: Punches

They raised the wall, and they will be the one to knock it down: symphonic pop-rock group has been given the freedom to do as they see fit.

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18 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Thunderlip: Thunderlip

North Carolina garage rockers experiment with hardcore vocals. The result? A mess.

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18 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Lewis Taylor: Stoned

Lewis Taylor briefly makes R&B accessible to those folks who have never spent one second trapped in any sort of closet.

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	Moacir Santos: Choros & Alegria

It's a history lesson in Brazilian jazz, but a painless and extremely enjoyable one.

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	Les Nubians: Les Nubians Presents Echos, Chapter One: Nubian Voyager

A courageous experiment by a group refusing to work within the confines of 'neo-soul', 'world beat', or any other inflexible genre tag.

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18 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Guitar Wolf: Golden Black

This compilation begs the question: Is Guitar Wolf the loudest band on Earth?"

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	Bush Chemists: Raw Raw Dub

Veteran London duo make dub the ol' fashioned way…with a few modern touches, of course.

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16 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

Vegoose Festival

Las Vegas is an old-school casino town, better known for bad lounge music and half-naked showgirls than anything else. Of course, all things eventually change, right?

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16 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

24 - Season Four

All this torture is variously named, always painful, sometimes inhumane treatments of suspects or folks with info they're afraid to give up. Most everyone in 24 works in a hurry.

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16 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Beatles by Bob Spitz

Spitz conquers the sensibilities of common logic by telling us a story we know by heart as if we'd never heard it.

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16 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Family Stone (2005)

The self-congratulating, liberal-leaning Stones are addled when good boy Everett (Dermot Mulroney) brings home the very bad fiancée.

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Darwin’s Nightmare (2004) - PopMatters Film Review
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Slowly making its way across the U.S., Hupert Sauper's remarkable documentary makes a series of arguments, subtle, clear, and irate, all hinging on imbalances of power.

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16 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

Breakfast on Pluto (2005)

As tends to happen in Neil Jordan's films about spirited outsiders, Kitten's sense of limbo doesn't limit him as much it inspires him to resist expectations.

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16 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

Aeon Flux (2005)

No way could the live action Aeon manage the hairstyle of the animated Aeon, much less the scary wasp waist and freaky-deaky sexual exploits.

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	The Spongetones: Number Nine

All power pop roads lead to the Beatles and the Spongetones still don't need directions, even in their ninth album.

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15 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Keane: Strangers [DVD]

Three guys, no guitar, one glorious, sweepingly majestic record after seven years of no luck. A better 2-DVD set for a band with one studio album you won't find.

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15 Dec 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Jazzanova: Blue Note Trip

The sound of the German DJs collective frolicking around in the Blue Note vaults.

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	Horse the Band: The Mechanical Hand

Horse the Band are interesting and high energy, but too often they come off as the poster boys of studio Attention Deficit Disorder.

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Violin Virtuoso L. Subramaniam Mesmerizes in Rare New York Performance (Photos)

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"Co-presented by the World Music Institute, the 92Y hosted a rare and mesmerizing performance from India's violin virtuoso L. Subramaniam.

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