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	The New Transit Direction: Wonderful Defense Mechanisms

Dear The New Transit Direction, Hi guys, my name is Jon. Much like yourselves, I’m a true believer. Music has been a way of

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	The Isley Brothers: Live It Up

That’s the insistent refrain of this classic Isleys title track, and you gotta wonder whether this hedonistic guilt acquired a shady significance when the

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	Michael Holland: Bootlegger’s Dreams

Well, Jeff Tweedy said it: “You’ll never hear it on the radio / Can’t hear it on the radio…” That statement may be true

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	Hearts of Darkness: Music for Drunk Driving

Today’s avant-ugly survives thanks to hard-working godfather Merzbow. His deadly immortal children-of-the-night include Wolf Eyes, Sunn, DJ Scud, Russell Haswell and Pita, probably DMX,

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28 Sep 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Tony Bennett: Cloud 7

Think of Tony Bennett now, in 2004, as both an aging legend and a still-singular entertainer, a performer who is still doing exactly what he started

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	The Black Keys: Rubber Factory

How much otherworldly noise can two guys make? Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach—better known as the gutterstomp blues duo the Black Keys—have the

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28 Sep 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Suburban You: Reports From the Home Front by Mark Falanga

Mark Falanga's book is a non-fictional, thesis-free, made-for-TV, ADD-approved examination of American suburban life.

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28 Sep 2004 // 12:00 AM

Seeking Salamanca Mitchell by Kenji Jasper

It is fiction for our times that expertly illustrates the dualism (hustling ambition + layered versatility) of an important sect of Generation Xers.

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28 Sep 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Pagan Christ: Recovering the Lost Light by Tom Harpur

By representing both our divine and our human natures, Horus is Everyman and Everywoman; his story is the Gnostic story of human consciousness.

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28 Sep 2004 // 12:00 AM

Dylan’s Visions of Sin by Christopher Ricks

Ricks takes displaying linguistic dexterity and literary education several horizons too far -- far too often, this loses Dylan and it loses readers.

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	Various Artists: Hidden Beach Presents: Unwrapped Vol. 3

Hidden Beach’s Unwrapped series is dedicated to bridging the cultural and musical gaps between jazz and hip-hop. To do this, they have concocted a

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	The Thin Man: H.M.S. Mondegreen

Whatever happened to good old-fashioned rock-and-roll turf wars? You know, when rock scenes from different cities became rivals, or at least synonymous with quality for

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	Sweet Apple Pie: Between the Lines

Theoretically, France’s Sweet Apple Pie is a sunny power pop band, a European Sloan of sorts. Certainly, on their second album, Between the Lines,

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	Tom McRae: Just Like Blood

In the booklet for this, his second album, Tom McRae explains that the title is from a poem by Simon Armitage, a British poet—“a

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	Katie Melua: Call Off the Search

Rarely does a singer’s surname reflect the tone and feeling left with a listener, but Katie Melua (pronounced “Mellow-a”) does just that. The teen,

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27 Sep 2004 // 10:00 PM

Mastodon: Leviathan

Mastodon have turned down the sludge, and turned up the prog. Way up.

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	Thelonious Monk: Monk ‘Round the World

How many Thelonious Monk recordings does a body need, and which ones? This set presents a considerable claim on the attention, being a selection of

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27 Sep 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Jukeboxer: In the Food Chain

After a period of prolonged isolation, the world of electronic music is finally beginning to shake the artificial stigma that for so long dogged dance

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27 Sep 2004 // 10:00 PM

	Heiruspecs: A Tiger Dancing

In the 1970s, as post-industrialization drained inner cities of factory jobs and left behind a trail of gutted machinery and rotting neighborhoods, inner city youths

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27 Sep 2004 // 10:00 PM

	DJ DNA: Impressionism

DJ DNA only allows for a minute or so of Special Ed’s “I Got it Made” to spin in the background over raging heads

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