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21 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Drunken revelry, a brewery's worth of beer, and a solemn so-long to my crazed, party crashing uncle.

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21 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

There's no way to leave not knowing they have balls. Whether or not they have brains is a tougher question.

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	Clark Terry & the Chicago Jazz Orchestra: Porgy and Bess

I remember live concerts along with recordings, since the former help recontextualise the curiously detached aspects of just listening to discs. With Clark Terry, I

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20 Dec 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Matthew Sweet: Living Things / Kimi Ga Suki

Perceived primarily as a purveyor of pure pop, Sweet seems to be the sonic inheritor of the plush soundscapes and taut packaging of the Beatles.

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	The Mad Caddies: Live from Toronto: Songs in the Key of Eh

The Opera House in Toronto might sound like a venue that has upholstered seats, great sightlines, and a cozy atmosphere. Unfortunately, that would only be

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	Ludacris: Red Light District

The whole point of Ludacris, his very essence, is to live up to his name in a florid explosion of charm, wit and rowdy libido that seldom has much do with deep thought, restraint, or indeed reality as most of us would see it.

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	Les Hell on Heels: self-titled

Is it too much of a stretch to say that girl-garage is at a crossroads? The Donnas dropped the “we’re-all-named-Donna” shtick for their most

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	Brian Eno: Ambient 1: Music for Airports [reissue]

Music for Airports began life radically out of step with its own time. As it turns out, this was simply a result of it being out in the stratosphere, waiting for time to catch up.

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	Calamalka: Shredder’s Dub

The most significant aspect of Shredder’s Dub is that its seduction is not relegated only to the dub enthusiast. As a whole, Calamalka’s

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A Very Long Engagement (2004)

The memory of war -- collective and individual -- is at best a deterrent, at worst, a fantasy to fuel more of the same.

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17 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Spanglish (2004)

Flor appears resolute and highly ethical, both qualities that help her survive as a maid for white folks in Bel Air.

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17 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

With the peculiarly titled Million Dollar Baby, Clint Eastwood elicits yet another remarkable performance from a young actor.

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Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

Elastic and not a little ewwwy, Jim Carrey's Olaf is fond of his own unclever pronouncements and unsubtle when it comes to plotting.

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17 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

A Fond Kiss (2003)

At the end of A Fond Kiss, Ken Loach's latest film, we are left with a lingering anxiety about the viability of interracial relationships.

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Flight of the Phoenix (2004)

Most remarkably, after what looks like weeks in the desert sun, no one ever gets a sunburn.

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17 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Callas Forever (2002)

Callas Forever is cursed by its title.

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	Silvertide: Show and Tell

If you’ve heard the early buzz surrounding Silvertide, you’ve probably heard that they sound like a combination of the Black Crowes and AC/

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	John Mellencamp: Words & Music: John Mellencamp’s Greatest Hits

John Mellencamp turned 53 this year and while he may be starting to look his age, he retains the energy and musical power of many younger

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16 Dec 2004 // 11:00 PM

	K-Os: Joyful Rebellion

The second release from acoustic hip-hop singer, rapper, and producer K-Os is an impressive artistic achievement bearing a timely message of social and spiritual import.

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	Jan Garbarek: In Praise of Dreams

Jan Garbarek’s latest CD, In Praise of Dreams, is his first in six years, and continues his tendency, since the late 1980s, to move

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