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The good guys are good, the bad guys are despicably evil, and the girls are buxom and gorgeous.

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This Book Will Save Your Life by A.M. Homes

In any city except Los Angeles such characters grouped together might seem ridiculous, yet one of the ways in which this city undermines fiction is that it defies all attempts to invent the improbable.

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30 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ralph Towner: Time Line

Music to hear pins drop by.
 

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30 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Smoosh: Free to Stay

What if I don't like Free to Stay? What if I find the Smoosh sisters' dad on my doorstep with a baseball bat a couple days after this review runs?

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30 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Absentee: Schmotime

It's music for schmoes, and deep down we're all schmoes.

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Slo-Mo: My Buzz Comes Back

As relaxed and jammy as it was initially intended to be, the result is neutered by its blatant transparency

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30 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Blue October: Foiled

One-hit wonders from Texas give commerical success another go, and wind up with a dark and biting pop album that shatters any preconceptions that ever existed about them.

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30 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Dieselboy: The Human Resource

America's top d&b DJ presents a compilation of pumped-up, scalpel-sharp tunes.

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30 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Sophie Barker: Earthbound

It's a shame when moments of such beauty can be swallowed by albums that fall into the same old downtempo traps.

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Dub Syndicate: The Rasta Far I

If you've never heard anything by the Dub Syndicate, this will serve as a good primer. If you are a fan already, waiting patiently until summer 2007 for the new album, then this might sate your appetite until then.

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	PJ Harvey: PJ Harvey on Tour: Please Leave Quietly [DVD]

This tour documentary is able to do what most artists can only dream about: it re-animates PJ Harvey's back catalogue, re-invents her sound palette, and flaunts (in the most positive way) her skill and versatility not only as a singer, musician, and visual artist, but also as a businesswoman.

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The Kids in the Hall: Complete Season 4

If we share Freud's liberationist stance on the power of humor, then no sketch comedy series is more pure and direct in its dissident hilarity than The Kids in the Hall.

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29 May 2006 // 4:00 PM

Winter Soldier (1972)

The men in Winter Soldier stepped forward, spoke truth to power, sought to expose policies and expectations that had gone terribly wrong.

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29 May 2006 // 4:00 PM

Date Movie (Unrated) (2004)

Date Movie is not the spoof it seemingly aspires to. Rather, it's but a dreadfully long catalog of references to other infinitely superior movies.

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26 May 2006 // 3:00 AM

The Proposition (2005)

Nick Cave's The Proposition blends equal parts Walkabout and Sergio Leone's grim atmospherics to illustrate the brutality of imperialism.

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26 May 2006 // 3:00 AM

The Proposition (2005)

Signaling death and dryness, the flies also mark transitions from one location to another: everywhere, it seems, someone is dead or dying.

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X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

It's a superhero movie, so all these choices involve massive destruction -- buildings disintegrating, fireballs flying, bodies detonating.

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26 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

Continues the evolution of an iconic character without betraying the fans, creators, and continuity that was established before.

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26 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

Guns N’ Roses

G'N'F'N'R, baby. Here we F'N go.

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We Are Billion Year Old Carbon: A Tribal-Love-Rock-Novel Set in the Sixties on an Outpost Planet Cal

It's like a psych-rock album, reveling in its pretensions and subverting the dominant systems (in this case, narrative linearity) as it breaks the form.

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"The common cries of disappointment that surround No Man’s Sky stem from the exciting idea of an infinite universe clashing with the harsh reality of an infinite universe.

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