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10 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Devlins: Waves

Dubliners who create fine-tuned pop songs with echoing guitar notes, grand choruses, and more hooks than Velcro? Nope, this isn't U2 - just the Devlins, who prove that they can combine the catchy with the sublime.

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10 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Donovan: Beat Cafe

Beat Cafe is unquestionably the strongest album that Donovan has released since his '60s heyday.

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	Call Me Lightning: The Trouble We’re In

Call Me Lightning bring unchecked energy touched with a bit of madness to its debut that will have fans yelling 'We Be the Lightning!' in no time.

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	Blanche: If We Can’t Trust the Doctors…

Blanche is not yet a touchstone of the alt-country community, but it shows major promise as a potential bearer of folk fringe oddities.

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Punk's not dead. It just smells that way.

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10 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Given the visible solidarity of punk rock lesbians and harmonizing churchgoers, maybe it's time to consider the idea of Ambassador Dolly.

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In the face of anti-rave legislation and increasingly stringent laws for maintaining nightclubs, L.A. takes to the streets.

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10 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

From pimply teenage soda jerks to drug addled, androgynous, monster rockers. What a long strange trip indeed.

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Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

The first black Heavyweight Champion of the World, 1908 to 1915, Jack Johnson was rowdy, smart, rebellious, and proud.

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Prisoner: Cell Block H - 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Women in prison. What wonderful, wanton images those three words conjure up.

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Home Improvement: The Complete First Season

Tim's determination to add 'more power' to every household appliance or gardening tool speaks to his skewed sense of what it means to be a man.

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10 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Hermitage Masterpieces

The Hermitage represents the climax of the Russian aristocracy's longtime fascination with Europe.

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10 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Bill Hicks Live: Satirist, Social Critic, Stand-Up Comedian

Shocking and mocking his way through the mid-'80s comedy scene, Bill Hicks invited controversy with his dark, explicit sexual humor.

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10 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Village (2004)

'I have to keep doing things that scare me, and this certainly scares me,' says M. Night Shyamalan.

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10 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Paparazzi (2004)

'In case you're wondering,' says director Paul Abascal, 'in this movie, the paparazzi are very sleazy guys.'"

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10 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

High Art (1998)

Where other lesbian-themed films might ride the sweat-stained cliché for all it's worth, Cholodenko instead shows restraint.

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10 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Un Chien Andalou (1929)

Made in 1929, Un Chien Andalou is based on the exchange of 'dreams' between two young Spanish artists.

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10 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Anchorman—The Legend of Ron Burgundy Giftset (2004)

Will Ferrell's comedy is escapism as abstract art, a breathless retreat into the frenetic headspace of a 12-year-old boy.

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	Toad the Wet Sprocket: Welcome Home: Live

Though seemingly untimely, this release lends credence to the belief that Toad was much more than the sum of its radio parts.

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9 Jan 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Paper Chase: God Bless Your Black Heart

My productivity as a writer has ground to a halt in the last few months because this record has rendered all other records obsolete.

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