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Stellastarr* + Giant Drag + Cedars

Rock 'n' roll and stolen cars: those were the night's bookends. But first, the rock 'n' roll...

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Freud’s Requiem: Mourning, Memory, and the Invisible History of a Summer Walk by Matthew von Unwerth

Freud's Requiem is subtly but importantly concerned with the increasingly strange, remote world of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Part of what it seeks to do is illuminate that world.

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25 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

Melinda and Melinda (2005)

In Melinda and Melinda, full of women struggling to make their desires known to men who suppose they know what women want and mean, the women are infinitely less regular and more interesting.

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25 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

Doom (2005)

The marines' mission is one of those 'bug hunts' made spectacular and more or less requisite for these sorts of movies by James Cameron's Aliens.

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25 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

Capote (2005)

Capote reveals the dangers of journalism in search of authenticity and based in intimacy. It also reveals the monster Capote sees in himself -- or more accurately, the monster the movie sees him seeing.

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	Liz Phair: Somebody’s Miracle

Liz returns from her experiment in mainstream pop with another mainstream pop record. She's as catchy and as banal as ever.

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24 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Public Enemy: Power to the People and the Beats

On their greatest hits album, Public Enemy offer up frustration, fire and a desire to ignite a revolution by assaulting the masses with political diatribes fueled by rage.

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	The Police: Synchronicity Concert [DVD]

It’s strange to watch the Police’s Synchronicity Concert with the clarity of hindsight. At the time of its videocassette release in 1984, it seemed

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	Moutin Reunion Quartet: Something Like Now

A wonderfully resolved set of performances from the brothers Moutin.

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24 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Hauschka: The Prepared Piano

A different take on piano playing... unusual and interesting.

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	The Fiery Furnaces: Rehearsing My Choir

Art-poppers overreach and turn in one of the year's biggest disappointments.

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	Shemekia Copeland: The Soul Truth

A blast of blues-drenched soul -- when has that ever hurt a person?"

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	The Carter Family: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Carter Family

Re-issue! Re-package! Time to re-evaluate the songs...

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Lula Côrtes & Zé Ramalho: Paêbirú

This record has a great backstory: a psychedelic double album recorded in Brazil in 1974, released the next year but virtually unheard because of a warehouse fire that destroyed virtually every copy in existence.

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Pop Montréal: Day 4 Featuring Oxford Collapse, Alan Astor, Holy Fuck, Subtitle, and Islands (Ex

Ex-Unicorns and devilish heat bring Pop Montreal to a fiery conclusion.

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Ken Burns: American Lives

Ken Burns is both goofy and deep. He even laughs about wearing people out with the interminable length of his films.

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24 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

Drawn Together

The eight house residents on Drawn Together are growing tiresome; they're always the same.

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Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times by Kevin Smokler (editor)

To proclaim that blogging and 50 Cent constitute a new vanguard of literature strikes me as an American intellectual's version of Stockholm Syndrome.

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24 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005)

Angela Robinson says the movie shows the 'scope and the joy of being a contender, more than winning, necessarily.' That Herbie allows this 'scope and joy' for a girl driver is mostly delightful.

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	Various Artists: For a Decade of Sin: 11 Years of Bloodshot Records

Reports of the death of alt-country have been greatly exaggerated, as Bloodshot Records celebrates 10 years in business with 42 new, vital songs.

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