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The pit is calling. Will you return? Ruminations on a cyclical search for purity in punk rock.

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	U2: How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

Unlike so many of their younger peers, U2 aren't writing protest music. They also aren't trying to shift musical paradigms. Instead, they're writing pop songs for a large and expectant public (a populist step in its own right).

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22 Nov 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Pearl Jam: Rearview Mirror

This compilation is the '90s, captured in 33 songs, and it's an enjoyable ride.

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22 Nov 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Mase: Welcome Back

When we last heard from Mase, he was in a bad, bad way. His sophomore album had flopped critically (no big deal; heads would never

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22 Nov 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Tift Merritt: Tambourine

When Tift Merritt’s first album, Bramble Rose, came out in 2002, the critics all salivated, placing her in a genealogical line of country legends such

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	Rebecca Martin: People Behave Like Ballads

Rebecca Martin is originally from Maine but moved to the Big Apple in 1990. When she was there she came in touch with a singer-songwriter named

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	Killing Joke: For Beginners

Emerging from the same post punk era that yielded such crucial bands as Wire, Bauhaus, and The Cure, Killing Joke' music was vicious, feral almost.

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22 Nov 2004 // 11:00 PM

	John Hoskinson: Miscellaneous Heathen

If, like me, you agree there’s a place in the world for intelligent folk-rock, let me direct you to the wonderful debut album from

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22 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

Trailer Park Boys

A clever dig at the unreality of reality shows, Trailer Park Boys makes the point that the camera alters the world it's observing.

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Manhunt: The Search for America’s Most Gorgeous Male Model

For decades, models have fought the stereotype that they are stupid and superficial. Unfortunately, Manhunt reinforces that stereotype.

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22 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

House

The invasive camera stands in, weirdly, for the doctor who's overseeing the weekly inquiries, one Dr. Gregory House.

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22 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

Chanel No. 5 The Film: Le Film du Film

Luhrmann has his finger on the postmodern impulse to recombine ideas specific to advertising, film, and art.

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	Chris Whitley: War Crime Blues

There’s nothing quite like the visceral sensation of being in a small room with an acoustic musician. Neither an album nor a live staged

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21 Nov 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Chris Whitley: Weed

Chris Whitley’s blues have usually been a deeply buried blues, hidden beneath a swirling distorted din, buried—on record at least—underneath layered levels

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	Los Tigres del Norte: Pacto de Sangre

Norteño music is the most punk-rock thing going these days, norteño music is the key to understanding half of Mexican-American culture, norteño music is the naked truth.

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	The Hentchmen: Form Follows Function

Detroit garage trio the Hentchmen have been in business for 12 years, starting back when many of the current spate of garage rockers were still in

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	Devotchka: How It Ends

When I was in college, I briefly tried to learn to play the accordion, but the other things I succeeded at were “Stars and Stripes

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21 Nov 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Denver Harbor: Scenic

Denver Harbor’s first major label release is pretty to look at. There are old cars, chains, more old cars, a big city skyline, a

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21 Nov 2004 // 11:00 PM

	The Comas: Conductor

It’s hard to believe that the Comas supposedly started out as a Chapel Hill area joke band, their sound a less than sympathetic wink

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19 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

Seed of Chucky (2004)

What do killer dolls use to masturbate?"

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