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The French have spoken. Hey Strokes! You're free to leave.

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Where's the wreck? Newcomb and the Massacre stay strangely on track.

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16 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

XXX: 30 Porn-Star Portraits by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Judgment free, the author allows these people to put forward remarks and render themselves as more than holes, pile-drivers, screaming banshees, or grunting studs.

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The White Cities: Reports from France 1925-39 by Joseph Roth

If France is the dead, Germany is the stillborn future, and Roth's exile's life the displaced, unliveable present.

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People of the Bomb: Portraits of America’s Nuclear Complex by Hugh Gusterson

Gusterson argues that American military dominance is often successfully sold to the public as self-evident, humanitarian, or arising from providential destiny, not conscious political decisions.

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Critical Condition: How Healthcare in America Became Big Business-and Bad Medicine by Donald L. Barl

Progress, if any is to be made, will not come until the wall is broken on the myth that a national public health care system is opposed to the core values of the United States' free market principals.

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15 Nov 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Ulysses: 010

Ex-Apple in Stereo main man Robert Schneider's songs for Ulysses owe more to the slacker pop of Pavement than the lavishness of '60s British Invasion imports.

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15 Nov 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Rich Robinson: Paper

Rich Robinson spent most of the last 15 years as the modern day version of Keith Richards. While The Black Crowes’ guitarist might not have had

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	Talib Kweli: The Beautiful Struggle

Talib Kweli is clearly struggling between the underground's 'values-based' approach and the mainstream's love of the crook and the hook, trying to find a third way that negates the either/or tug-of-war between 'consciousness raising' and big pimpin'.

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15 Nov 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Daddy G: DJ Kicks

Daddy G's entry into the DJ Kicks is absolutely wonderful, a return-to-form for the beleaguered series, an instant history lesson, and a thoroughly enjoyable CD.

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	George Duke: Jazz Moods: ‘Round Midnight

Jazz enthusiasts have long bemoaned the tempting fruits of the dreaded “crossover”. During the ‘70s, a time of restless experimentation and genre-crossing, there was a

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15 Nov 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Dolorean: Violence in the Snowy Fields

Al James is a man scorned. Violence in the Snowy Fields, the second release from the Portland-area singer/songwriter, is, at times, delightfully tongue-in-cheek, but

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	The Citizens: Are We There Yet?

In this election year, it’s the Citizens who are campaigning against all the incumbents—the whole mess of musical influences the group draws from.

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	The Methadones: Not Economically Viable

Like Green Day's sound, but hate Billie Joe's whining? Check out the latest from this squad of hard-working pop-punkers, who know that life is hard.

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Richard Pryor: I Ain’t Dead Yet, #*%$#@!! (Uncensored)

I Ain't Dead Yet doesn't pretend to be definitive; nonetheless, it is an insubstantial program about a substantial figure.

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The Saddest Music in the World (2003)

'There are tears for things, there are tears of things, there are tears from things,' says Guy Maddin.

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15 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

Legally Blonde: Platinum Collection (2001/2003)

The audio commentary featuring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Luketic demonstrates the leading lady to be much more thoughtful and subdued than her typical roles might suggest.

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I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (2003)

For all the inevitability of Will's descent, I'll Sleep When I'm Dead is an almost perversely moving experience.

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Howard Hughes: The Real Aviator (2004)

Howard Hughes: The Real Aviator focuses on the man's contributions to and obsessions with aviation.

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15 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

Garfield: The Movie (2004)

If Garfield's non-animated creatures lack distinction (what you might call 'edge'), it should be remembered that it is intended for small children.

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