Reviews
	Fleetwood Mac: Men of the World: The Early Years

Early Fleetwood Mac is one of rock's forgotten treasures; Men of the World, however, isn't the place to start.

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Mission Hill: The Complete Series

The 1999 WB show remains firmly grounded in the emotional realities of Kevin's attempt to survive high school despite his nerdish tendencies, and Andy's constant struggle between his aspirations and his apathy.

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28 Nov 2005 // 12:00 AM

Austin Film Festival + Fantastic Fest

Tell someone you've just spent a few days in Austin watching independent films and they'll ask you how you liked the SXSW Film Festival. Right town, wrong fest...

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28 Nov 2005 // 12:00 AM

Rome

If there is a civics lesson to be gleaned from Rome, it is to beware the passions inflamed by a government in the midst of an identity crisis.

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Spice: the History of a Temptation by Jack Turner

The allure of spice lives on in the present, although certainly in a less rarified atmosphere than in its heyday.

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28 Nov 2005 // 12:00 AM

Save the Tiger (1973)

The question at the heart of Save the Tiger is no less nagging for its familiarity: didn't it all used to be so simple?"

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	31Knots: Talk Like Blood

For most, Talk Like Blood will be the first taste of 31Knots' skewed, jagged art rock.

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	Queens of the Stone Age: Over the Years and Through the Woods

Just in terms of what is collected and how it is presented, this deserves to become the live presentation gold standard for anyone producing a concert record in the age of DVD.

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27 Nov 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Pugwash: Jollity

The master of excellent symphonic Beatle-esque ballads strikes again, this time with Dave Gregory and Eric Matthews helping the cause.

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	Okkervil River: Black Sheep Boy Appendix

Austin folkies spin their dark pop web further into the depths with a mini-album, using recent B-sides as a jumping-off point, that rivals this band-on-the-rise's most solid efforts to date.

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	Mummy the Peepshow: School Girl Pop

In a world where an Iowa independent label reissues the fourth album from an Osaka-based all girl trio that is not Shonen Knife, School Girl Pop is better than you'd expect. Much better.

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27 Nov 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Limbeck: Let Me Come Home

inally, I got around to this one, and this band has made it worth the wait. Year-end lists? Not a question of if but how many!"

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	Marc Johnson: Shades of Jade

Strong playing from Eliane Elias, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, and Joey Baron makes for a pleasant but schizophrenic listen.

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	50 Cent: The Massace: Special Edition [CD/DVD]

Fiddy's no Brando, he probably isn't even a Tupac, but he can do a good imitation of someone writing a rhyme on the decks of a production studio or looking out the window of a tour van.

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27 Nov 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Anthony B.: My Hope

Dancehall star Anthony B.'s 'hope' is that you'll buy his album. Oh, and world peace. Definitely world peace. A big, fat spliff wouldn't hurt either.

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23 Nov 2005 // 12:00 AM

As a backdrop, Maui is not standard fare, and the setting raises intriguing questions about isolation and emigration.

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23 Nov 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Adventures of Pete & Pete: Season Two

It was as if David Lynch had decided to quit making movies and revive Leave It to Beaver.

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23 Nov 2005 // 12:00 AM

Surrender by Sonya Hartnett

Surrender is a novel about a young boy made to bear an unbearable burden, and about the bargains he strikes to sustain himself.

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Lennon Revealed by Larry Kane

Former journalist Kane's flawed but passionate take on Lennon succeeds because of its flaws -- not unlike Lennon himself.

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