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26 Jul 2004 // 12:00 AM

Gilmore Girls: The Complete First Season

Lorelai is written to challenge as well as entertain, her dialogue filled with pop culture references delivered at top speed.

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26 Jul 2004 // 12:00 AM

How’s Your News? (1999)

It's impossible not to do a little genuine soul-searching while watching, How's Your News? because it reframes disability in terms that aren't super-heroic, but ordinarily virtuous.

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Hellboy: 2-Disc Special Edition (2004)

Speaking in his commentary track, del Toro is keenly passionate about the film, the character, and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola.

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26 Jul 2004 // 12:00 AM

Bukowski at Bellevue (2004)

The man had a soul, and the contribution of this lonely fact to American art is worth remembering when all the other nonsense is rightfully forgotten.

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25 Jul 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Various Artists: Buy Indie Music Compilation, Vol. 1

Always intrigued by anything containing the word “Indie” in its title, I eagerly anticipated reviewing Buy Indie Music Compilation, Vol.1. But as soon as the

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25 Jul 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Scissor Sisters: self-titled

The formula for a successful record in 2004 is as follows: imitate a series of unfashionable yet perennially popular artists from British pop/rock history, preferably

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	Reverend Horton Heat: Revival

Old age and responsibility have finally caught up to Reverend Horton Heat. As fine a rockabilly trio as you’ll find, the band—guitarist Reverend

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25 Jul 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Phosphorescent: The Weight of Flight

There’s a track entitled “When We Fall” on Phosphorescent’s new EP The Weight of Flight that exposes a forgotten intention of folk music.

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	Essra Mohawk: Best of Essra: The First Millennium

Essra Mohawk has been in the margins of the music world for the last 40 years. Frank Zappa discovered her, and she soon became the first

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25 Jul 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Rodney Hunter: Hunter Files

G-Stone doesn’t release very many records. I’d almost be tempted to call it a boutique label, but for the fact that it also

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	Count Basie: Jazz Moods—Hot

The German language has picked up the word “Sampler” and misuses it to refer to any anthology, a point missed by the translator of Thomas

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	Brother Danielson: Brother Is to Son

Late one night I found myself flipping through the channels and landed on PAX-TV, “family-oriented” programming with a none-too-subtle conservative Christian bent. The show in-progress

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	The Burden Brothers: Buried in Your Black Heart

The Burden Brothers are not a burden to anyone. The group, whose members have had stretches in various bands from the Toadies to Izzy Stradlin

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	Various Artists: Trax Records: The Next Generation

Chicago’s Trax Records is one of the most influential and important labels in the history of electronic dance music. They’ve been called “the

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	Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter: Oh, My Girl

The signs are everywhere: “You Are Now Leaving Alt-Country”. For the last several miles, you’ve seen fewer tumbleweeds blowing across the plains, less plaid

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	Schneider TM: Reconfigures

Schneider TM is a mysterious gentleman living in Berlin who makes strange glitch-country hybrid songs that play with the contradictions implicit in singing lackadaisical, direct

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	Billie Holiday: Jazz Moods—‘Round Midnight

OR: Billie Holiday in her absolute prime sings only high quality standards. Lovers of gloom looking for anything Stygian or depressive on this issue in

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	The Good Life: Lovers Need Lawyers

Tonight the drinks are on Tim Kasher. On one condition, of course: that you listen to what he has to say, keeping in mind he

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22 Jul 2004 // 10:00 PM

Dirty Projectors: Slaves’ Graves & Ballads

Longstreth doesn’t make it easy on us, he sings with the drama of classical crooner rather than the shy simplicity of a true folkie. This fact combined with his pension for nebulous song structure will continue to keep the unsuspecting at bay.

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22 Jul 2004 // 10:00 PM

	The Cure: self-titled

Jason Cooper joined the Cure in 1995. Although he plays all the drum parts of the band’s extensive catalog spectacularly and adds plenty of energy

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