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Ape Escape: On the Loose

Depending on how you look at it, the game rerelease trend that we've been seeing these past few years may or may not be a good thing.

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Self-Help Books: Why Americans Keep Reading Them by Sandra K. Dolby

Dolby wants to appeal to an academic readership as well as a popular one, and the results are uneven.

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27 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Moog (2004)

Synthesizer pioneer/nice guy Bob Moog deserves a thorough, artistically bold biopic. Director Hans Fjellestad isn't up to the challenge.

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Oasis: Don’t Believe the Truth

After a dark eight-year stretch, at last, some daylight.

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	Mommy and Daddy: Fighting Style Killer Panda

Parents in name, progeny in sound.

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26 May 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Amos Lee: self-titled

Amos Lee is a young singer-songwriter with an adorable look and an adorable voice and some adorable songs.

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	Jarvis Humby: Assume the Position… It’s Jarvis Humby

This British foursome proves your calendar doesn't need to go past 1969 to record a kick-ass garage album.

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	Hacienda Brothers: self-titled

They cover Mel Tillis and Fred Neil songs alongside their own original tunes, they are just as happy doing surf-hick instrumentals as they are belting out countrypolitan weepers.

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	Dizzy Gillespie: Career: 1937-1992

The greatest trumpeter simply didn't make a single great album. By default, then, this compilation is it: your must-have set for the brilliant bebop master.

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	Johnny Cash: Johnny Cash: Ridin’ the Rails (The Great American Train Story) [DVD]

Choo-choo: Take a ride on the railroad with the Man in Black and learn one version of American railroad history.

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Debashish Bhattacharya: Calcutta Slide-Guitar, Vol. 3

Debashish no doubt has the fingers for a lot of things.

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26 May 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Animal Collective (Featuring Vashti Bunyan): Prospect Hummer

Hardly even a small step in Animal Collective's evolution, Prospect Hummer offers more of the same, only this time with a songbird amongst all the panda bears and rabbits.

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26 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Simpsons

In sharp contrast to the terrific family-based installments, Matt Groening and company have started to let their left leanings show through.

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Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening

What I appreciate about Devil May Cry 3 is its simple to follow but still engaging plot.

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26 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Flame Trees of Thika (1981)

The filming oscillates uneasily between Masterpiece Theater lushness and National Geographic-style ethno-voyeurism.

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The Brooke Ellison Story (2004)

Christopher Reeve's film seems geared less towards portraying the warts and all existence of a disabled person, than showing what can be achieved with a little selfless dedication.

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	Various Artists: Once More: Music of Thad Jones

Thad Jones was a singular trumpet master who died prematurely and too little acknowledged as a major composer-arranger. The little big band here is simply as distinguished as any on record.

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	Reel Big Fish: We’re Not Happy ‘Til You’re Not Happy

Reel Big Fish put the final nail in the coffin of their recorded alter ego by reducing them to cinders of irony.

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	Glen Phillips: Winter Pays for Summer

Hook-filled, dependable, and very easy on the ears, courtesy of former Toad the Wet Sprocket frontman. Gorgeous artwork, too, by the way.

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Nile: Annihilation of the Wicked

The American death metal masters return with what could be their best album to date.

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