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	John Hiatt: Master of Disaster

John Hiatt goes to Memphis with mixed results. Producer Jim Dickinson knows how to build a groove, but sometimes it grows into a deep rut.

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	The Doleful Lions: Shaded Lodge and Mausoleum

The Doleful Lions are obsessed with Satan, warriors, knights, kings, and ghosts. And they make it all sound so innocent and dreamy...

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	Chet Baker: Jazz Moods: Cool

One masterpiece with Gerry Mulligan and one interesting yet not fully realized arrangement with Jim Hall and Paul Desmond. Otherwise, the too exclusively emphasized musical side of Baker at the too low level associated with CTI recordings.

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	Backstreet Boys: Never Gone

Backstreet's back, with sleeker suits and more ridiculous hats.

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12 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

With such different characters, such different stories, the writers have the opportunity to do some interesting and fresh work.

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12 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

Last time around we waited with apprehension expecting Caithlin De Marrais' notes to fall to pieces. But nowadays she's what we journo-hacks call a 'seasoned performer'.

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12 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Inside

It's hard not to hope that The Inside will be a replacement for Buffy, especially since creator Tim Minear is connected to the Buffyverse.

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Monkey Business: The True Story of the Scopes Trial by Dr. Marvin Olasky and John Perry

Olasky and Perry feel that creationists got a bad shake in the Scopes trial due to a liberal media bias, and that the time is nigh for a new battle.

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The Godfather: Part II (1974)

Francis Ford Coppola's focus on his family, in the film and his memory, could not be more poignant or more public.

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Father of the Bride: 15th Anniversary Edition (1991)

Maybe it's asking too much for a lighthearted comedy to raise any significant questions. But it can't be asking too much to expect the film to make sense.

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	Various Artists: Planet of the Popboomerang, Vol. 2

Roughly 150 minutes, 46 Songs, roughly 40 bands, two discs, one label. Pure pop fanatics rejoice. Friends, Australians, Pop music-trymen, lend us your ears.

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	The Rumours: We Are Happy

Like most young bands, the Rumours stand a bit too close to their influences. This, however, is easy to forgive when you consider the quality of their songs.

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	The Peppermints: Jesus Chryst

This Animal Collective sponsored spazz-rock band goes out of its way to make the Collective seem downright mundane.

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	Primordial: The Gathering Wilderness

The new album by Ireland's Primordial packs an emotional punch we rarely hear in metal today.

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11 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Kaskade: House of Om

San Francisco deep house meets New York big club mentality; much flange and reverb ensues.

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	Felt: Felt, Vol. 2:  A Tribute to Lisa Bonet

Hey, maybe Slug and Murs can pull Lisa Bonet from obscurity into the public consciousness. Probably not, but anything's worth a try.

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	Joey Beltram: Trax Classix

A powerful time capsule from the dawn of hardcore techno. Headphone listeners need not apply.

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11 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Boy Robot: Rotten Cocktails

Boy Robot seems stranded between the heavy computerized punch of Daft Punk and the melancholy of Boards of Canada, with a good bit of Autechre's mechanistic precision thrown in for good measure.

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Billy Corgan is the Goth Peter Pan: Instead of a youthful, nymph-like spirit, he possesses a bottomless well-spring of teenage angst.

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11 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

30 Days

Honestly, no one does sympathetic smarm better than this mustachioed master (Morgan Spurlock).

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