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18 Feb 2005 // 1:00 AM

Assisted Living (2003)

The easy moral to draw is that everyone needs assistance in living, but the more difficult truth is that living is illusory always.

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	Various Artists: Lif Up Yuh Leg an Trample

The boutique label- and Blur-frontman-backing lend Lif Up Yuh Leg an Trample an out-of-place discomfort, not unlike Otter and co. walking into the Dexter Lake Club. However, Honest Jons remains true to its name and presents a complete document of pan-African music, this time focusing on hits from Trinidad's most recent Carnival seasons.

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17 Feb 2005 // 11:00 PM

M.I.A.: Arular

To Congo, to Colombo, can't stereotype her thing, yo. Ms. Arulpragasam has delivered the best UK debut since Dizzee Rascal's Boy in da Corner.

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	My Morning Jacket: Chapter 1: The Sandworm Cometh: Early Recordings

Jim James and co. deliver the first of two volumes chronicling their infancy. A confusing and superfluous listen for the casual fan, The Sandworm Cometh proves a captivating treat for the My Morning Jacket cognoscenti.

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	Kings of Leon: Aha Shake Heartbreak

Even if their lyrics are sometimes unintelligible, these swampy Southern rockers haven't run out of things to say on their rollicking sophomore offering.

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	J.B. Hutto: Stompin’ at Mother Blues

From the commencement of J.B. Hutto's wider than South Side Chicago career, the very fire that lit its touchpaper.

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	Dubtribe Sound System: Baggage

Despite good intentions, veteran act is not up to the task of Saving House Music.

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17 Feb 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Tim Booth: Bone

The return of former James front-man, Tim Booth, finds him with much to say, working to the bone...

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17 Feb 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Bettie Serveert: Attagirl

While the world sits and patiently waits, Bettie Serveert makes another record that does not live up to the promise of their debut.

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Taxi: The Complete Second Season

And so Louie is suddenly a sensitive guy. It's a typically funny and revealing moment in Taxi's second season.

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17 Feb 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Yes Men (2004)

The DVD offers yet another avenue to the Yes Men's visibility, and, as they hope out loud, inspiration for others to make trouble in their own ways.

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Sister Helen (2004) - PopMatters Film Review
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Sister Helen was, by the movie's account, an unpleasant person: hard, focused, and motivated by the kind of purposeful regret that verges on self-loathing.

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Get Shorty (Special Edition) (1995)

Sonnenfeld keeps all of this under two hours by cutting the movie at a dazzling clip. The film moves like Travolta, quickly and with style.

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Donnie Darko: Director’s Cut (2001)

The problem embodied by Donnie is at once mundane and painfully special, the dilemma of fate vs. free will, laced though with unanswered questions of identity and responsibility.

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17 Feb 2005 // 1:00 AM

Dottie Gets Spanked (1993)

Dottie Gets Spanked contextualizes and foretells the artfully designed surfaces and off-kilter universes of Haynes' later successes.

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16 Feb 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Tindersticks: Bareback

International Emmy awardee and Bamfa nominee Martin Wallace has collaborated with the Tindersticks since the band's inception in 1993. The filmmaker's careful and observant work with the band is finally collected on DVD, providing a new spin on some equally subdued and observant music.

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16 Feb 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Relient K: Mmhmm

A non-objective unabashedly biased declaration - thank you Relient K, for making my life a better one.

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	Matt Pond PA: Winter Songs

As a stopgap EP, Winter Songs will hold its own; as something for season after season, though, it's not quite that durable.

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16 Feb 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Jude Johnstone: On a Good Day

A superb collection of emotionally riveting material for adults -- heartfelt and honest songwriting that carries the weight of age and experience.

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16 Feb 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Peter Gabriel: Play: The Videos [DVD]

The godfather of art rock once again surpasses expectations with a near-comprehensive compilation that's a feast for the senses.

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