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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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Bridget Jones’s Diary: Collector’s Edition (2001)

Speaking of her star, Renée Zellweger, Maguire is appropriately besotted: 'You can see what she brought to Bridget. She's got this fantastic warmth and this permanent confusion on her face.'"

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	Richard Shindell: Vuelta

Richard Shindell was once recommended to me by a friend as a “songwriter’s songwriter”, an intriguing description seemingly applied to everyone with a pen

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14 Nov 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Sukilove: You Kill Me

The latest Sukilove release amps up the sound, cranks the distortion, and washes everything in dense, compressed bass, yet still retains the pop and country elements that made Sukilove stand out on prior releases.

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14 Nov 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Lovedrug: Pretend You’re Alive

A stunning example of a band too near perfection from the onset, Lovedrug will most likely wobble on their high plateau for a bit, look

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14 Nov 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Jimmy Eat World: Futures

Not that they've ever owned up to or renounced their emo status, but with Futures, Jimmy Eat World sound committed to establishing themselves as a great band, not just a great emo band.

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	Vic Juris: Blue Horizon

Vic Juris has probably had a slightly raw deal, reputation wise, as the notes to this CD say. The probable cause is his sheer versatility.

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14 Nov 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Jamie Hoover: Jamie Hoo-ever

Jamie Hoover’s probably best known as the frontman for Charlotte, North Carolina’s favorite power pop sons, the Spongetones, but to simply refer to

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The Futureheads: self-titled

The Futureheads' debut album is bound to bring pogoing back in vogue. The music is just as pop-oriented as Franz, but it comes in an extremely tightly-wound package, heaps of energy compressed into 14 tracks that span 34 insanely quick minutes.

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