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Hello, I’m Special: How Individuality Became The New Conformity by Hal Niedzviecki

Niedzviecki pins the blame for the apathetic lack of rebellion on an entire global culture industry that endlessly spits out reaffirming Sly Stone-esque 'Everybody Is a Star' and 'You Can Make It If You Try' platitudes.

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	Panthers: Things Are Strange

Maybe this is the album ...Trail of Dead would've made if they were studying semiotics at New York University when the towers fell.

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6 Dec 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Papercuts: Mockingbird

Jason Robert Quever is Papercuts. The San Francisco resident released a well-received album in 2000 under this name called Rejoicing Songs, which several critics rejoiced to.

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	Manual & Syntaks: Golden Sun

A strange and marvelous melding of extremes for the Christmas stocking of the Postal Service-adoring b-boy you love, methinks.

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6 Dec 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Mayonnaise: self-titled

On the face of it, it would be easy to dismiss Mayonnaise as a low-rent Gorillaz. Crispin Hunt is the voice here, instead of Blur’

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6 Dec 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Lil’ Jon: Crunk Juice

On a musical level, Lil' Jon is the Raffi of gangsta rap. This is speak-and-spell rap.

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	Charlie Hunter Trio: Friends Seen and Unseen

Charlie Hunter has been plying his groove-laden 8-string guitar work for some time now, and has become a popular fixture among both modern jazz guitar

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	Chevelle: This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In)

First impression: GRRRR! ANGST! I think we’ve heard this before. All the familiar elements are here: downtuned, sludgy guitars, big heavy drums, a speed

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	Be-Bop Deluxe: Futurama [reissue] / Postcards from the Future…Introducing Be-Bop Deluxe [reissue]

Riding prog's contrail, fueled by Bowie and Chilton, nipping at the infant heels of punk, Bill Nelson made his marks early and he made them deep.

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6 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

24: Season 3

When playing Jack Bauer, Kiefer Sutherland observes, 'Everything that's happening at any given moment is more important than anything else in the world.'

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6 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

In Living Color: Season 2

Appearing during the Reagan revolution's pronounced backlash against the homeless/poor/people of color, Homey offered a counter-narrative.

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6 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Terminal (2004)

The saga of Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks) is an apt reflection of what might be termed a global fear.

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6 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Smooth Talk (1985)

As he inhabits a movie based on a Joyce Carol Oates short story, Arnold is all kinds of metaphor.

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6 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Infernal Affairs (2002)

Infernal Affairs is endlessly stylish.

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6 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Horns and Halos (2002)

The real thrill of Horns and Halos is watching an upstart DIY publisher make a noticeable dent by championing what everyone else might see as a lost cause.

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	Various Artists: A Houseguest’s Wish: Translations of Wire’s ‘Outdoor Miner’

It would be foolish to suggest that a single song kicked off the entire dreampop sound that flourished during the late 80s and early ‘90s,

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	Various Artists: Por Vida: A Tribute to the Songs of Alejandro Escovedo

If you have to see just how well-loved and -respected Alejandro Escovedo is, just take a look at who gave their time to help out

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	Geraint Watkins: Dial ‘W’ For Watkins

Geraint Watkins has released three solo albums over 25 years, but don’t let the lack of solo material fool you. The “Celtic Cajun”, as he’

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	Wovenhand: Consider the Birds

The gothic hillbilly punk of his early 16 Horsepower work has given way to the more baroque sounds of later 16 Horsepower albums, and Edwards's latest project, Wovenhand.

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	Snoop Dogg: Bigg Snoop Dogg’s Puff Puff Pass Tour [DVD]

The filmmakers start to draw out a larger message: The Drug War was a second American Civil War, led by a racist Southern family named Bush, to re-imprison blacks and other minorities.

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