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	American Music Club: Love Songs for Patriots

The climate of this year in music has been like one giant group therapy session. Bands you never thought you’d hear from again suddenly

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8 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Yes Men (2004)

The Yes Men (sometimes also known as Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno) engage in prankster-style direct activism, revealing the illogical and hypocritical practices of institutions that habitually 'put profits ahead of everything else'.

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8 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Take (2004) - PopMatters Film Review
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In our imperfect world, the role of political leaders remains decisive.

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8 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Taxi (2004)

Belle is set up to work against stereotypes: athletic, aggressive, mechanically inclined, she's a black woman NASCAR fan.

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8 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Rick (2003)

Seventeen years after Oliver Stone's Wall Street, suggesting that capitalism is corrosive to the soul is old hat.

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Friday Night Lights (2004)

It's mostly about how football -- in this place, at this time -- overwhelms its adherents, apparently giving them something to live for but also sucking their lives from them.

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7 Oct 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Sweetback: Stage 2

It’s been a big summer for Sade fans. No, Sade herself hasn’t dropped anything since 2002’s Lovers Live (which was a live album,

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7 Oct 2004 // 11:00 PM

Panda Bear: Young Prayer

Panda Bear (née Noah Lennox, one-half of Animal Collective’s genetic makeup) retreats indoors, seeking to trade Sung Tongs’ projectile song-storms for a more reflective catharsis.

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	oRSo: My Dreams Are Back and They Are Better Than Ever

Everyone from die-hard music geeks to casual fans are obsessed with the categorization of the music they love. “I like everything except country” holds down

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	NormanOak: Born a Black Diamond

When the four-track became an affordable recording device, bedroom musicians everywhere started popping up, self-releasing their own rudimentary recordings. The device also served as an

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	Neotropic: White Rabbits

White Rabbits is a neatly packaged combo deal of drum loops, programming, piano, guitar and a nice side of room-mic’ed atmospherics. Neotropic’s package

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7 Oct 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Gabriel & Dresden: Bloom

I must admit that I find most progressive house to be unabashedly boring. This isn’t an ignorant, unformed opinion: if anyone wants to come

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	The Charlatans: Up at the Lake

The Charlatans are like that favorite old t-shirt of yours in the closet. You know—the one that it seems like you’ve had forever,

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The Clash: London Calling: 25th Anniversary Legacy Edition

In a genre regarded by many as being confrontational more than anything else, the Clash were the one band who seemed to be always open to new ideas.

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	Marc Broussard: Carencro

Marc Broussard comes by way of the Bayou—Cajun country, namely Louisiana. The youthful singer-songwriter released an independent EP entitled Momentary Setback in 2003 before a

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7 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Viewtiful Joe

Viewtiful Joe is not unlike the silly Schwarzenegger bomb that was Last Action Hero in its premise. But look deeper, and you'll find that it has a lot more in common with Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo.

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Spider-Man 2

Perhaps, unsurprisingly, the video game, which follows much of the action-oriented plot of the battles between Spider-Man and Dr. Octopus, fails to include this theme of personal and ethical crisis in the narrative.

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Astro Boy: The Omega Factor

Astro Boy as a mythology is apparently a metaphor for race relations, with robots being despised by some humans and championed by others.

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	Young Buck: Straight Outta Ca$hville

I’ve got a pet theory about rap cliques. Usually, when a young rapper bursts on the scene to massive success, he’s got a

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	Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez: A Manual Dexterity—Soundtrack Volume 1

Between dissolving At the Drive-In and reforming as the superior Mars Volta, Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez (guitarist and co-songwriter for both bands) began work on a

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