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The Mutt: How to Skateboard without Killing Yourself by Rodney Mullen with Sean Mortimer

Skateboarding's like indie films or Nine Inch Nails fans: lots of flakes to wade through, but some truly interesting faces in there as well.

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3 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Casanova in Bolzano by Sándor Márai

Márai writes of subjects we may have exhausted over coffee or tequila, but haven't quite figured out: what it means to love, to lust, and to live.

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Born Losers: A History of Failure in America by Scott A. Sandage

Scott A. Sandage reminds us of an age-old fault even more despicable than being broke: to lack ambition in an America where 'berry picking was a higher crime than bankruptcy.'"

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2 May 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Vinyl Kings: Time Machine

The last time around, the Vinyl Kings took on the Beatles. This time they give you new original songs in the style of Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys, and Marvin Gaye.

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2 May 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Ticonderoga: self-titled

Post-rockers Ticonderoga... no wait, anti-folk experimentalists Ticonderoga... scratch that, Pavement inspired psych-country troubadours Ticonderoga... Oh forget it, Ticonderoga is just Ticonderoga.

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	The Raveonettes: Pretty in Black

On their second album, The Raveonettes' obsession with 50s pop culture has only increased.

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2 May 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Okay: High Road / Low Road

From out of a closed room comes two albums of blissful pop songs hiding a struggling heart.

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	Paul Motian Trio: I Have the Room Above Her

Dreamland is the title of the last track here and the location of most performances, Motian tossing and turning on drums, while Frisell is often amazingly lyrical, Lovano likewise. A lot of purposeful free playing and some not remote from the ballad work.

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	Louis XIV: The Best Little Secrets Are Kept

With Louis XIV glam rock is back in big way. This time it's tame and unbelievable, but occasionally sexy, even if it is in a creepy way.

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	Bluebottle Kiss: Come Across

Australian quartet's fifth album (second to be released in the U.S.) is as temperamental and erratic as the weather.

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2 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Joan of Arcadia

Joan is more a young girl answering to an authority figure than a blind-faith disciple.

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2 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Amazing Race

Teams care whether they win or lose, but what captivates viewers is seeing how they play the game.

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2 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

Arrested Development

Arrested Development is too dense, too smart, too strange. These are all ways of saying that it's too good.

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	David Weiss: The Mirror

A solid young hard bop trumpeter-composer with a sense of structure, an affinity for Booker Little, and a solid band matured (and still maturing together). These young guys play this music because it's good!"

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	The Rosebuds: The Rosebuds Unwind

As the title suggests, you might find this one relaxing. If you don't look too closely.

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	Elizabeth McQueen and the Firebrands: Happy Doing What We’re Doing

Slight but enjoyable treat for pub rock diehards.

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	Goldie Lookin’ Chain: Straight Outta Newport

The Goldie Lookin' Chain sound as if they haven't had anything to do but sit around, get drunk and act stupid for quite a while.

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1 May 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Euphone: V [EP]

This speedy EP finds Euphone transformed from a three-piece experimental post-rock combo to a one-man-band in love with catchy pop and zebras.

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1 May 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Copeland: In Motion

Emo doesn't always have the best connation, but luckily, on Copeland's sophomore effort the term simply illustrates evidence of emotional depth.

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1 May 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Caesars: Paper Tigers

If you've heard the iPod commercial featuring "Jerk It Out", then you've already heard the best Caesars has to offer.

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Double Take: The African Queen (1951)

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"What a time they had, Charlie and Rosie. They'll never lack for stories to tell their grandchildren. And what a time we had at Double Take discussing the spiritual and romantic journey of the African Queen.

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