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Are You Made For Each Other? by Barbara and Allan Pease

The idea of a book full of quizzes that promise to determine the quality of a relationship is symptomatic of a culture that runs screaming at the thought of personal responsibility.

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Tom Brosseau: What I Mean to Say Is Goodbye

These songs are grounded in the reality of life, reducing complex ideas to the simpler terms in which we process them.

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Bedsit Poets: Summer that Changed

Sleepy melodies and Dreamy lyrics. If there is an album of lullabies for adults, this may be it

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Tha Alkaholiks: Firewater

They've been around for thirteen years, but Tha Liks would have you know they haven't changed.

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14 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Fateless (Sorstalanság) (2005)

The horrors unfold gradually, experienced in detail by their victims, who are unlikely to name what they've been through 'Holocaust', to attach to their testimony the grand trappings of religion and myth.

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14 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Gregor Samsa: 55:12

Gregor Samsa create long, moody indie-ambient landscapes in which occasional monsters spring out at you.

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14 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Sound Mirrors is the sound of two old friends having an absolute blast creating some stellar music. Who could expect anything less?

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14 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Various: States of Abuse

Record Label Entartete Kunst turns protest into art, but its latest release is heavy on politics and light on rap. The trick is to find the balance.

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14 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Tarkio: Omnibus

Aww…Colin Meloy's baby pictures.

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14 Feb 2006 // 10:00 PM

	Can: Can DVD

Capture Can's potent, not to mention legendary, live presence during their peak years.

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14 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Lakewood Project

Young band dorks met old rock legends in a HOB performance that blew the hell out of your standard spring recital...

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Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst (2004)

From its early moments -- a focus on the emblematic tape recorder by which Patty Hearst's saga was delivered to journalists amassed in her famous parents' driveway -- Guerrilla breaks down how terrorism becomes a function of its audience.

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13 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

The ghost of Frank Zappa looms large over the latest project from ex-Wall of Voodoo frontman Stan Ridgway

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Shawn Mullins: Ninth Ward Pickin’ Parlor

Mullins may still be well beneath the radar, but his strong Crescent City-themed set suggests everything’s gonna be alright.

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Ghislain Poirier: Breakupdown

Ghislain Poirier has mostly succeeded in crafting a tight and satisfying sonic experience.

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13 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Boys of Baraka (2005)

The titular subjects are four (of 20) Baltimore at-risk students selected to attend the Baraka School in Kenya. The film displays some of this extraordinary experience without making any of it cheap or simplistic.

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13 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

J Dilla: Donuts

The last album of a tragically-fallen legend is a tour de force of brilliant beats and unbelievable subtleties, wild experimentation and great production; but no, the title has no deeper meaning. In the label's own words, "Dilla likes donuts".

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13 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Black Wire: Black Wire

The band whose performance inspired the Kaiser Chiefs' "I Predict a Riot" look to carve out their own success, but are less successful at it.

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13 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Advantage: Elf-Titled

Nintendo rock! Get off your couch, put down your controller and dance.

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13 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Sam Champion: Slow Rewind

New York band prove themselves worthy Malkmus-worshipping balladeers, if only they’d ditch the feedback.

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