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21 Jul 2004 // 11:00 PM

	The Flatlanders: Live ‘72

Perhaps it’s sheer accident that club owner and amateur recording aficionado Gary Oliver didn’t tape over this set he captured of a then-unknown

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	Duke Ellington: Piano in the Background

The core of this CD was issued as a vinyl LP named in parallel with Elington’s piano trio masterpiece Piano in the Foreground. Ellington

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21 Jul 2004 // 11:00 PM

	BT: The Technology EP

When listening to trance music, one must consider the time and place of its origination. One must also take into account the artist and his/

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20 Jul 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Thee Shams: Please Yourself

For bands devoted to the R&B heart of rock n’ roll, the halos around their pupils glimmering with blue-eyed soul, their debt to

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20 Jul 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Thievery Corporation: The Outernational Sound

Rob Garza and Eric Hilton have incomparable taste. Just look at the duo, smartly turned out in trademark dark, sleek suits. But their sense of

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20 Jul 2004 // 11:00 PM

	The Steep Canyon Rangers: self-titled

What makes a good bluegrass record? Essentially the creation of one man—the Charlie Parker of country, Mr. Bill Monroe—bluegrass is still planted pretty

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	Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble: Memory/Vision

Evan Parker has long maintained that the line between improvisational and compositional music is a “false dichotomy”. He has attempted to bridge this seemingly impossible

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20 Jul 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Oceansize: Effloresce

The phrase “prog rock” always tends to leave a bitter taste in my mouth. Whenever a band is labeled “prog”, I always imagine a group

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20 Jul 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Hayden: Elk Lake Serenade

Ever since Hayden’s quirky hit “Bad as They Seem” surprised the Canadian music scene with its sleepy observational honesty, Hayden’s path has been

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	The Hives: Tyrannosaurus Hives

Let’s end the suspense early in this review: I’m happy to report that the latest from the Hives, Tyrannosaurus Hives, is a worthy

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	Duke Ellington: Piano in the Foreground

The divulging of the contents of an extensive variety of archive tapes from Columbia dates, obviously of late by Thelonious Monk, gave some cause to

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	DJ Graffiti: Bling Free Volume 3: “It’s Official!”

DJ Graffiti—who also spins, emcees, and plays percussion—has been building his reputation through his series of underground mixtapes. With Bling Free Volume 3: “It’

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W. G. Sebald - A Critical Companion by J. J. Long and Anne Whitehead

Sebald's writings address memory as a structure of experience, and as a series of metaphors through which he tries to understand history and the responsibilities with which it burdens the present.

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The Last Love Story by Rodney Hall

Hall considers the effect of a post-terrorism existence on the young and in love who have little to do with politics and guns and war.

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20 Jul 2004 // 1:00 AM

Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology by Eric Brende

One senses the book becoming more of a lame apologia for the moderate use of technology, rather than emphasizing the merits of 'flipping the switch' on all things electric.

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Attitude 2: The New Subversive Alternative Cartoonists by Ted Rall

The newspaper comics page, burdened with an imagined audience of children, strives mostly for the inoffensive and the palatable and rarely prints anything more upsetting to the system than corn flakes.

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	John Surman: Free and Equal

The title of John Surman’s latest release refers to the fact that the brass ensemble that accompanies Surman and drummer/pianist Jack DeJohnette plays

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	Remake Remodel: 12345 Accelerate

I know what you might be thinking. “Remake Remodel”—isn’t that an old Roxy Music song? Is this band a rip-off cover group best

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19 Jul 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Lee Perry & The Upsetters: Dub-Triptych

Aptly-named, Dub-Triptych comprises the three albums by Lee Perry that arguably put the stake in the ground announcing the birth of dub: Cloak and Dagger,

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	The One AM Radio: A Name Writ in Water

Kids looking to become indie rock stars aren’t picking up guitars these days. I mean, what’s the point? You have to learn how

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