Reviews
	Bumblebeez 81: The Printz

For a brief time, it looked like Bumblebeez 81 were about to be the next big thing. The Australian duo’s first two EPs, White Printz

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26 Jul 2004 // 11:00 PM

Radiohead: Kid A

On Kid A, Thom Yorke uses his voice more as an instrument than as a vehicle for his lyrics. And it’s a beautiful instrument—mournful and keening one minute, pissed off the next, jubilant the song after that.

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	McCoy Tyner: Illuminations

McCoy Tyner’s been one of jazz top pianists for the last forty-plus years, but his career as a bandleader has never produced the kind

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	The Smugglers: Mutiny in Stereo

Okay, maybe the pirate vibe is so last summer (Smugglers? Mutiny? Sounds pretty Pirates of the Caribbean to me), but let’s cut the Vancouver,

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The Mountain Goats: We Shall All Be Healed

Mountain Goats have just added a further chapter in an ongoing saga of (micro) relationships examined against a backdrop of (macro) global concern, We Shall All Be Healed being the most explicit yet.

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26 Jul 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Lit: self-titled

This review of the new Lit album could start off like the trailer for virtually every summer blockbuster ever released. The voiceover begins, “IN A

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	Coffin Lids: Rock ‘N’ Roll

One of the main purposes of album-reviewing is to pinpoint who exactly would want to buy a particular album—if anyone—and why they should,

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	Badly Drawn Boy: One Plus One Is One

The opening title track to Badly Drawn Boy’s fourth album One Plus One Is One is so expansive, so inclusive, so across-the-board appealing, that

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26 Jul 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Big Satan: Souls Saved Hear

Frank Zappa once said about America’s least appreciated and most influential musical form, “Jazz isn’t dead; it just smells funny”. Zappa was full

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26 Jul 2004 // 11:00 PM

Animal Collective: Who Could Win a Rabbit EP

This release carries on the growing legacy of an important new American band who have made it safe for us all to return to the woods.

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26 Jul 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Asobi Seksu: self-titled

Raise your hand if you caught Asobi Seksu the first go round. Meaning you own and/or enjoy a copy of their self-titled debut from 2002,

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26 Jul 2004 // 1:00 AM

Star Trek: Voyager, Season Three

Kate Mulgrew's Janeway is a true TV original, probably one of the strongest women ever to exist on the small screen.

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Playmakers: The Complete Series

Much as creator John Eisendrath asserts that sports is 'colorblind,' Playmakers reveals the many ways that race creates bonds and divisions, expectations and loyalties.

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Homicide Life on the Street: The Complete Season 4

Unlike most TV fare, especially cop shows, Homicide concerns itself with details and asides that don't always come together into thematic wholes.

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26 Jul 2004 // 1:00 AM

Gilmore Girls: The Complete First Season

Lorelai is written to challenge as well as entertain, her dialogue filled with pop culture references delivered at top speed.

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26 Jul 2004 // 1:00 AM

How’s Your News? (1999)

It's impossible not to do a little genuine soul-searching while watching, How's Your News? because it reframes disability in terms that aren't super-heroic, but ordinarily virtuous.

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Hellboy: 2-Disc Special Edition (2004)

Speaking in his commentary track, del Toro is keenly passionate about the film, the character, and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola.

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26 Jul 2004 // 1:00 AM

Bukowski at Bellevue (2004)

The man had a soul, and the contribution of this lonely fact to American art is worth remembering when all the other nonsense is rightfully forgotten.

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25 Jul 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Various Artists: Buy Indie Music Compilation, Vol. 1

Always intrigued by anything containing the word “Indie” in its title, I eagerly anticipated reviewing Buy Indie Music Compilation, Vol.1. But as soon as the

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25 Jul 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Scissor Sisters: self-titled

The formula for a successful record in 2004 is as follows: imitate a series of unfashionable yet perennially popular artists from British pop/rock history, preferably

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

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"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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