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3 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

Lords of Dogtown (2005)

The most thrilling moments in Lords of Dogtown involve skateboard wheels.

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Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme (2004)

The very process of documenting freestyle is at once contradictory and ambitious, futile and crucial.

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3 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

Cinderella Man

Whether sad, frustrated, or even thinking about losing his temper, Jim is never less than stalwart.

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	Michelle Shocked: Don’t Ask Don’t Tell / Got No Strings / Mexican Standoff

Like The Godfather, Michelle Shocked returns with her own trilogy -- part Tex-Mex, part swing, part Disney and everything in between. And most of the time it works very smoothly.

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	Adam Richman: Patience and Science

A record so bland that it almost reaches new levels of disposability. I'm sure someone will like it.

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	Meshuggah: Catch Thirtythree

This is what happens when a talented band has too much time on their hands.

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	DJ Sneak: House of Om Presents: DJ Sneak

Come one, come all: speaker people, head boppers, pill poppers.

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	Elvis Costello: King of America

Rhino continues its impressive campaign of Costello reissues by tackling one of his most beloved releases.

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2 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Terence Blanchard: Flow

Another former 'Young Lion' on trumpet nods toward Bitches Brew in his middle age. But the sound is as much Metheny as it is Miles, despite Herbie Hancock being the producer. Through it all, however, Blanchard plays singingly.

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	Belle & Sebastian: Push Barman to Open Old Wounds

Belle and Sebastian's classic Jeepster/Matador EP's are now available on a compact two-disc collection. Now there's no excuse for not purchasing them.

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The Golden Girls: The Complete Second Season

In The Golden Girls, which can be exceedingly smart, this kind of writing just feels lazy.

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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

The show is premised on the Four Horsemen of the Melodramatic Apocalypse -- Death, Dismemberment, Disease, and Disenfranchisement.

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2 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

Everwood

Everwood lets us think we know where the story is going. Refreshingly, we're always just a little bit wrong.

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Twisted Metal: Head-On

The first Twisted Metal games were equal parts sunshine and mayhem. While colorful, they possessed a morbid sense of humor and were addictive gameplay experiences.

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Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track: The Letters of Richard P. Feynman by Richard

Feynman's letters remind us of what we're supposed to be doing: pursuing discovery.

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2 Jun 2005 // 1:00 AM

Malevolence (2004)

The movie toggles over into autopilot, following the flight path established years ago by John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper.

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	Jimmy Thackery: Healin’ Ground

The man needs no subtlety, a blues singer or guitarist who could pass visually for a country singer and does play Soulabilly and R&Babilly too.

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1 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Supagroup: Rules

Cock-rockers extraordinaire, Supagroup is decadent, over-the-top and deadly serious all at once. And, oh -- Rules is the best party record of the year, too.

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	Magnolia Electric Co.: What Comes After the Blues

Magnolia Electric Co.'s studio debut is humbler and quieter, but (never fear!) as yearning and high-lonesome as ever.

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1 Jun 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Stephen Malkmus: Face the Truth

Despite an occasional need for Gas-X, Stephen Malkmus's third post-Pavement album finds him regaining the playfulness and inspiration that made him an indie-rock icon.

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