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	Wynton Marsalis: Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

For purely circumstantial reasons, I’ve missed seeing Ken Burns’ Jazz in its entirety. What I’ve seen suggested a preoccupation with public history at

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	Deerhoof: Bibidi Babidi Boo

Deerhoof cap off their most successful year with a downloadable live treat, recorded in various sundry locales around the globe. Ain't nothing like the real thing baby.

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	Black Mountain: self-titled

Black Mountain mean well. They really do. But sometimes too much is just too much.

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23 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Lou Barlow: Emoh

Post-Sebadoh, post-Folk Implosion, Lou Barlow's first official solo release comes with a wealth of sheen, but fails to meet the standards of his indie legacy.

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21 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

A Talking Picture (2003)

A Talking Picture is marked lamentably by self-congratulation, cultural pretension, and Islamophobia.

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The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)

With remote in hand, monitor glare on his face, Sam is suitably horrified when the TV reflects his own sense of disarray.

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21 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

Are We There Yet? (2005)

Nick (Ice Cube) is defiantly ungrown-up. In other words, he's ripe for a life lesson.

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Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)

What still works is the edgy distrust-into-respect that develops between the killer and the cop.

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	Mohd Rafi: The Rough Guide to Bollywood Legends: Mohd Rafi

The Rough Guide series collects a diverse swath of the legendary Rafi's recordings, the strength and diversity of which makes the compilation both an ideal introduction for new listeners and rediscovery for the initiated.

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20 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Parker & Lily: The Low Lows

Most of this material is rooted in Wolfe and Noon's tumultuous relationship. Themes include heartbreak, loss, desolation, paranoia, isolation, addiction, loneliness, suffering, and alienation.

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20 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	The Minus 5: At the Organ

The Minus 5 prove again that while you continually search for your new favorite pop band, you should just trust in the stamina of Scott McCaughey.

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20 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Glide: Curvature of the Earth

It's sure to appeal to a subset of fans of the band Echo & the Bunnymen, as Glide is actually a nom de instrument for Bunnymen guitarist Will Sergeant.

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20 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Grails: Red Light

Grails fall somewhere between the Dirty Three's rambling travel narratives and Godspeed You! Black Emperor's swooping, cinematic crescendos.

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20 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Ani DiFranco: Knuckle Down

Leaving her politics by the side of the road, Ani DiFranco picks up a whole lot of emotional baggage. Can Knuckle Down handle the freight? Probably not.

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20 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Andrew: What’s It All About?

Listening to Andrew is the musical equivalent of cotton candy: it's great to eat once in a while and tastes sugary-sweet going down, but you shouldn't eat too much of it, since it's all mostly fluff.

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20 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

24

Another season, another sad bad day in Jack Bauer's boystown.

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20 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

Tilt

Hoping to capitalize on the 'poker craze,' ESPN last week launched Tilt as it latest foray into dramatic sports television.

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20 Jan 2005 // 12:00 AM

Jonny Zero

As they run off down the street, Jonny and company look for all the world like yet another coming of the mod squad.

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19 Jan 2005 // 10:00 PM

Nine Inch Nails: The Downward Spiral [Deluxe Edition]

From destructive start to hurtful finish, The Downward Spiral remains, ten years after, a major contribution to the world of popular music.

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	Various Artists: Sunday Nights:  The Songs of Junior Kimbrough

Giving Junior Kimbrough props is noble, but don't expect much of this tribute to sound quite like the unheralded blues master. This is a show of respect, not an album of mimicry.

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In Motion: On the Emptiness of Progress

// Moving Pixels

"Nils Pihl calls it, "Newtonian engagement", that is, when "an engaged player will remain engaged until acted upon by an outside force". That's "progress".

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