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14 Apr 2004 // 1:00 AM

Photo credit: Richard Houghton What do you get when you split a Lazy Dog in half? A Buzzin’ Fly, of course. That’s the name

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14 Apr 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Vines Jet Here in New York, the weekends always seem to suffer from heavy snowfall or torrential downpours. In much the same way, every

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14 Apr 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Twilight Singers For a brief moment, around 1993, in the heyday of alternative rock radio, the Afghan Whigs were going to be big. It seemed

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14 Apr 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Sleepy Jackson Robbers on High Street Contrary to a good many claims that rock is dead, Robbers on High Street and the Sleepy Jackson

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14 Apr 2004 // 1:00 AM

Pitty Sing South This was a goldilocks night: the openers Pitty Sing were far too rough to be good, South was far too polished to

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	Various Artists: Putumayo Presents World Reggae

It’s easy to forget that for a good part of the world, reggae is pop music. In Jamaica, of course, but also much of

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13 Apr 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Meow Meow: Snow Gas Bones

Oh, those shoe-gazers—their shuffling feet, slow-strumming fingers, and monotone vocals. They’re thoughtful and sensitive and melodic all at once. It’s an alternative

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13 Apr 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Múm: Summer Make Good

You’re nestled in a dimly lit shack, on a small island in the North Atlantic. It’s hellishly cold outside, but the winter temperature

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13 Apr 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Gingersol: Eastern

There’s a sense of optimism to Eastern that, by all logic, shouldn’t be there. This is a record with a big sound, with

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	Steve Forbert: Rock While I Can Rock: The Geffen Years

Steve Forbert was one of a slew of new Dylans back when he hit the scene in the late 1970s. Emerging from the singer-songwriter movement

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	Elf Power: Walking with the Beggar Boys

Along with Apples in Stereo and Of Montreal, Elf Power are one of the few bands from the infamous Elephant 6 Recording Company collective to continue

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	Carla Bley: Rarum: Selected Recordings, Vol. 15

Excuse my native Scots, but “braw” has the range and the blessed informality, it expresses the most generalised approval, and can also mean something like

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Shooting Stars: Drugs, Hollywood, and the Movies by Harry Shapiro

One of the weaknesses of this otherwise very readable history is Shapiro's decision not to look at the metaphorical function of illegal drugs in movies. He is altogether too literal.

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13 Apr 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Lucky Ones by Rachel Cusk

The novel purports to be as felicitous and random as everyday life, but in truth it is precisely plotted and predetermined beyond all spontaneity.

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Generation S.L.U.T.*: A Brutal Feel-Up Session with Today’s Sex-Crazed Adolescent Populace by Marty

It's as if the worst aspects of advanced capitalism have come true. Orgasm equals validation, promiscuity determines popularity, fashion determines social hierarchy, and savvy manipulation of others is the highest pursuit of all.

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13 Apr 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Grave of God’s Daughter by Brett Ellen Block

The novel offers a darker view of religion, highlighting the dangers of an all-powerful church that binds its adherents to their suffering rather than offering them genuine solutions.

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12 Apr 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Whirlaway: Pompano

For a genre that turned rudimentary rock songs on their ear in the early ‘90s, shoegaze has since become stagnant. From the time when My

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12 Apr 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Murs: Murs 3:16: the 9th Edition

Some might call Murs a confessional rapper. Some might call him a battle rapper. Some might even call him—this one’s my personal favorite—

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12 Apr 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Fog: Hummer EP

It normally takes a little while with Fog albums, and Anticon albums in general, to realize you haven’t wasted your money. On first listen,

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12 Apr 2004 // 11:00 PM

Einstürzende Neubauten: Perpetuum Mobile

Perpetuum Mobile follows on the heels of a long tradition of German industrial music from the early days of Kraftwerk all the way to the genre’s more recent hard-core incarnation à la Rammstein.

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