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	The High Dials: Fields in Glass EP

The stopgap EP, with the possible exception of the greatest hits re-recorded album, may be the least respected release in a band’s catalogue. Bands

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	Jay Geils / Duke Robillard / Gerry Beaudoin: New Guitar Summit

By naming their first recorded collaboration New Guitar Summit, Jay Geils, Duke Robillard, and Gerry Beaudoin place themselves in a tradition of great guitarist meetings.

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12 Dec 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Godsmack: Changes [DVD]

These days, DVDs have become a staple in popular music, as every act now puts them together on a regular basis, and while many music

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12 Dec 2004 // 11:00 PM

De La Soul: Live at Tramps, NYC, 1996

Released around the same time as The Grind Date, its seventh studio album, De La Soul’s Live at Tramps, NYC, 1996 is a time machine for fans old and new. Then again, De La Soul has consistently managed to sell records by never aging.

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12 Dec 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Air: Surfing on a Rocket EP

Jean-Benoit Dunckel and Nicholas Godin, the two musicians who make up the electronic outfit Air, are a couple of smooth characters who seem to have

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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

Wes Anderson's film and Steve's filmed life creak a little, exposing seams and efforts to make sense of experience.

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Lightning in a Bottle (2004)

The sensational Buddy Guy is his own, allusive story, as he incarnates a bridge between generations and styles.

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10 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Blade: Trinity (2004)

Blade (Wesley Snipes) looks tired. I mean, weary. He's been fighting vampires for three films now, and it shows.

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9 Dec 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Peter Walker: Landed

Peter Walker’s story is the kind that millions of aspiring rock stars waste their days dreaming about. After playing in numerous bands while schlepping

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	Saint Etienne: Travel Edition 1990-2005

Imagine, for a moment, a different sort of universe. This is a world where Madonna does not reign over our pop culture. Instead, we get

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	One Star Hotel: Good Morning, West Gordon

Just as they guiltlessly plundered organ riffs from the Band and made them their own last year, One Star Hotel again walks the fine line

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	John Lennon: Rock ‘n’ Roll

There is a widening chasm between the necessity of re-releasing classic albums and the compulsion to feed off the bleached bones of departed icons. With

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	Keane: Hopes and Fears

Hopes and Fears is one of those albums that I want to like. Or rather it’s one of those albums I know I should

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9 Dec 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Brian Eno: Ambient 4: On Land

It seems that in the world of popular music, the golden period allotted to many great artists spans just one decade. There may be flashes

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9 Dec 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Duran Duran: Astronaut

The musical landscape is starting to look a lot a lot like 1986, and Rolling Stone‘s article on the subject at the time said it

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9 Dec 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Air Conditioning: Weakness

Allentown shits and this is what it sounds like.—A review by “The Kid” on Level Plane’s web site for Air Conditioning’s Weakness.

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	Dan Treanor and Frankie Lane: African Wind

Treanor straddles the fine line between old and modern blues; he walks it, talks it, and plays it with ease. African Wind is a trip in a time machine to the origins of the blues, with a fast forward to today. A thrilling and entertaining ride.

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8 Dec 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Bud Powell: Eternity

This is a CD of Bud Powell playing solo for a friend, a selection of consistent performances deficient mainly in the sound quality of the

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	Bill Laswell: Version 2 Version: A Dub Transmission

Flowing from lysergic wallows via trance-inducing solos that border on the aggressive, the majestic purity of the electric bass's tone drops onto the silky backing like a greased ball bearing.

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8 Dec 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Johnathan Kuss & the Corporation: Segue

Segue, the sophomore release from Rockford, Illinois’s own Johnathan Kuss & the Corporation, serves up a dozen songs that defy easy categorization yet remain

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