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	Bobby Watson and Horizon: Horizon Reassembled

Watson is one of the major soloists of the day, an alto saxophonist of exceptional range whose early career included membership in Art Blakey’s

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	Sahara Hotnights: Kiss & Tell

When Sahara Hotnights dropped their incendiary Jennie Bomb on an unsuspecting public two years ago, it was not only a reaffirmation of just how good

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	Sluts of Trust: We Are All Sluts of Trust

The critical narrative regarding the recent rock renaissance has already become a cohesive and continuous entity. The nature of our music press in the new

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	Billy Joe Shaver: Billy and the Kid

“God only knows why I’m still livin’,” Billy Joe Shaver sings in Billy and the Kid‘s weightless “Window Rock”, and you can’t

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25 Aug 2004 // 11:00 PM

	[Minmae]: Ya Te Vas?

Most bands these days include a press sheet with advance copies of their new album, in hopes of helping poor reviewers like myself to a

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	Clair De Lune: Marionettes

Youth is both a blessing and a curse. Youthful vigor can elevate even the most average material into something sublime. However, youth will also betray

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25 Aug 2004 // 1:00 AM

Skels by Maggie Dubris

The book reminds us that to create is to stand in the shadows of those who already have created.

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The Rebel: An Imagined Life of James Dean by Jack Dann

What begins as an exciting premise, though, quickly dissolves into a bizarre mess of ill-conceived ideas and inconsistencies that twists the life of Hollywood biggest and most enduring icon into a preposterous joke.

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No Turning Back:  The Life and Death of Animal Species by Richard Ellis

Another day, another couple of dozen extinctions. Our calluses are so thick that the word extinction no longer riles even the most strident creationist.

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25 Aug 2004 // 1:00 AM

Going to Bend by Diane Hammond

To Hammond's great credit, she seems fully aware of the archetypes she has to work with and focuses plenty of attention on rendering relationship pathos beyond the clichéd characterizations.

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A Certain Chemistry by Mil Millington

Millington engages in far too much foreplay before getting to the nitty-gritty of the story. It takes roughly 170 pages until anyone actually drops their pants.

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	Various Artists: The Unbroken Circle: The Musical Heritage of the Carter Family

In 1987 a trio from Illinois calling themselves Uncle Tupelo began making music, which, to oversimplify, combined the melodic twang of country music with the energy

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24 Aug 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Music of Kenya

“Go east” could be the next slogan of fans of African music the world over, as evidenced by the infectious celebratory music on this compilation.

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	Venetian Snares: Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding

The first thought that will probably go through your mind in reference to this album (besides the fact that the guy has an Angelfire page—

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24 Aug 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Sons and Daughters: Love the Cup

Rock music history is rife with stories of artists attaining recording contracts based upon kinship rather than musical acumen, so it’s no wonder that

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24 Aug 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Jump: Between the Dim & the Dark

In the music business, bad luck is often the only luck going, and talent doesn’t necessarily translate into success. That’s been the shame

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	Roy Haynes: Fountain of Youth

Jazz on Record (1967), edited by Albert McCarthy, et al. is not a big book, but has some of the best writing on the 50 years of

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24 Aug 2004 // 11:00 PM

	For Against: Echelons

Lincoln, Nebraska’s For Against was one of those tragically underrated, overlooked bands who deserved more attention back in the late 1980s. Few American bands

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24 Aug 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Venture Brothers

The boys are so moronic that it's hard to care what happens to them.

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24 Aug 2004 // 1:00 AM

Six Feet Under

Six Feet Under has become crass, each episode an empathy decathlon topped off with ghoulishly deferred catharsis.

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