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25 Oct 2004 // 11:00 PM

	The Beatnuts: Milk Me

Once upon a time, the Beatnuts were pretty good. Les and Juju engendered the best and worst of New York hip-hop by typifying the ultra-conventional

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	Afrika Bambaataa: Dark Matter Moving at the Speed of Light

Some legends never die. They just embarrass themselves. Fortunately, there’s nothing at all embarrassing about Dark Matter Moving at the Speed of Light, the

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	Action Action: Don’t Cut Your Fabric to This Year’s Fashion

You can see them coming from a mile away. The salon-cut hair combed forward; one of them is wearing a suit jacket with a t-shirt

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	Various Artists: For the Lady

The cause of international human rights deserves better than this.

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There and Back Again: An Actor’s Tale by Sean Astin with Joe Layden

Astin's list of gripes is a Mordor-mile long, and his new book gives him the ideal opportunity to repeatedly voice each and every one of them.

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25 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates

The close-knit family psycho-drama that the author intends simply loses its purpose as its scope is blown out of proportion to match the massive scenery of Niagara Falls.

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25 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Darling by Russell Banks

The novel reads as if every next page will contain some major revelation to provide the right connections between these characters and elements. It's an expectation that goes unfulfilled even in the last sentence.

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24 Oct 2004 // 11:00 PM

Phoenix: Alphabetical

Ahh, the hipster lifestyle album. It’s a valuable tool in the arsenal, and no discerning music fan should be without a few of them. At its best the genre can boast such classics as Air’s Moon Safari and Stereolab’s Emperor Tomato Ketchup, but ultimately it’s an empty endeavor, its sheer ephemerality being its downfall.

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24 Oct 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Pig Destroyer: Terrifyer

For some, grindcore is a bit of an acquired taste, but for many others, it’s so difficult to get into, it hardly seems worth

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	Charlie Parker: 20th Century Masters (The Millennium Collection)

Why do the best musicians always die so young? It’s a rhetorical question, of course. For one thing, the best musicians don’t always

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24 Oct 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Luna: Rendezvous

Luna has pretty much come to be the definition of dream-pop. The band creates a frequently gentle sound based on steady strums and light tones.

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24 Oct 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Mory Kanté: Sabou

“Sabou” means “the cause of everything”. If anyone gets to title their album this, it’s Mory Kanté, one of the biggest stars in West

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	DJ JS-1: Audio Technician

DJ solo albums are to hip-hop what Jimmy Page solo albums are to rock. There’s no doubting the talent involved, but taking that talent

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24 Oct 2004 // 11:00 PM

	The Ditty Bops: self-titled

Meet the Ditty Bops! The effervescent, whimsical, quaint Ditty Bops. The Los Angeles-based duo is a toe tappin’, finger snappin’, cheerfully wry concoction of western

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22 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Vera Drake (2004)

The war has disturbed all of their lives intensely, and if they don't quite have the words to express their trauma, they do have a sense of shared experience.

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22 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Vodka Lemon (2004)

In an image evoking both Chagall and Kaurismaki, Hamo and Nina find, if not hope exactly, some acceptance and joy.

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22 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Sideways (2004)

Always a resourceful, thoughtful performer, Virginia Madsen almost offsets Sideways' overriding, occasionally prosaic interest in the boys' journey.

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22 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Machinist (2004)

The Machinist digs so deeply into its protagonist's mind that it's difficult to see a way out.

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22 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Head in the Clouds (2004)

Gilda fits right in: whether she appears to be alternately vacuous and misunderstood, she's stunningly one-dimensional.

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22 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Grudge (2004)

Karen's quintessential 'American' identity -- blond, do-gooding, intrepid -- makes her sense of dislocation especially acute.

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