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One For My Baby by Tony Parsons

Today's Tony Parsons writes like a sensitive new millennium New Man, but he's still the same old unreconstructed hack he ever was.

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24 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Around the Bend (2004)

Henry's instructions bring Turner and Jason to important landmarks that dredge up memories and force them to face events that have haunted their lives.

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	Various Artists: Basement TV, Vol. 1 [DVD]

No interviews or extraneous footage, just live hip-hop performances at the record store or in the club presented by L.A.'s Basement Records.

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	Various Artists: Live at Continental: Best of NYC - Volumes 1 and 2

In a time when rock clubs are failing or being shut down faster than they can be reopened, clubs like the Continental are becoming more and more important. Captured here are 46 songs that provide a snap shot of New York's punk scene circa 1999.

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The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower: Love in the Fascist Brothel

San Diego post-punkers redefine the meaning of the word 'full-length' with a 24-minute long player that swaggers, swoons, stomps, and spits its way into becoming one of the finest pieces of hardcore fury you're likely to hear this year.

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	Nobody: And Everything Else…

On which underground West Coast stalwart and Scott Herren compadre Elvin Estella sadly fails to do it better.

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	Marian McPartland and Friends: 85 Candles—Live in New York

This is a splendid and well-planned pair of CDs with a lot of music well worth hearing and more than a few surprises.

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	Maximo Park: A Certain Trigger

On their debut album, the English band proves they're much more than the latest trend.

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	The Lucksmiths: Warmer Corners

I know they're Australian and easy-going, but please don't continue to overlook the Lucksmiths.

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	The Robert Cray Band: Twenty

Like a great pair of jeans, Robert Cray is easy to take for granted. His latest is nothing new, nothing startling, but it's comfortable, sturdy and built to fit your curves.

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23 May 2005 // 4:00 PM

The Big Town (1987)

In Cullen's rise to the top, he summarily steps on everyone who tries to help him or slow him down.

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23 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

I'd never tell this duo that I love their music; they'd just roll their eyes and blow smoke in my face.

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23 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Smallville

Lex's desire for all things Clark turned increasingly fraught and increasingly intimate this season, often bordering on the homoerotic.

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23 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Séance (2004)

As Koji and Junco drift apart, not only is their dialogue minimal, but they also appear repeatedly framed by windows and doorways.

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	Various Artists: Billy Crystal Presents the Milt Gabler Story

Subtitled 'from 'Strange Fruit' to 'Rock Around the Clock'', a 30-minute DVD of Billy Crystal reminiscing about his jazz and pop producer uncle's amazing achievement, plus a CD of copious, very various audio evidence.

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	Various Artists: Verve Remixed, Vol. 3

Three discs into the Verve Remixed series, jazz goes careening into the ghetto.

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	Various Artists: Made in Sheffield [DVD]

Music fans would be surprised to know that the frequently dismissed town of Sheffield gave the world such bands as the Human League, Cabaret Voltaire, ABC, and, ahem, Def Leppard.

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22 May 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Dungen: 1999-2001

In 2004, with very little fuss or fanfare, Gustav Ejstes, the Swedish multi-instrumentalist mastermind behind the one-man folk-psych phenomenon Dungen, released Ta Det Lugnt, a brilliant

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22 May 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Do or Die: D.O.D.

Do or Die follow their younger Chicago colleagues, Twista and Kanye West, into the American limelight with this impressive but lousily packaged new record.

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22 May 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Benzos: Morning Stanzas

Benzos - a New York narcotic, aimed at your head.

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