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9 Mar 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Los Lobos: Kiko

I discovered Los Lobos’ Kiko while snooping through my uncle’s record collection. I was 12, and at that age I wasn’t remotely interested in

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9 Mar 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Jet by Day: Cascadia

What the hell is “thundercore”? Well, apparently it’s what the PR folks like to label Jet by Day‘s music. And I say that

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9 Mar 2004 // 11:00 PM

The Clash: London Calling

But if you take away all the labels and tiny classifications we impose, all you’re left with is the music on London Calling, a lasting testament and tonic to everything that can seem hopeless.

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	Dave Brubeck Quartet: For All Time

“I hear you’re mad about BrubeckI like your eyes I like him tooHe’s an artist, a pioneerWe’ve got to have some music

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9 Mar 2004 // 1:00 AM

The Shield

The Shield remains, shot for shot, TV's most compelling hour.

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Very Short Stories by Josh Thorpe

I'm not sure if this is an anthology of prose, poetry, a collection of gags, or something else altogether.

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9 Mar 2004 // 1:00 AM

To the Heart of the Nile by Pat Shipman

This story, subtitled Lady Florence Baker and the Exploration of Central Africa does not merely address the gender inequalities of 19th century Europe, it is actually written much more with Sam's voice than with Florence's voice.

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9 Mar 2004 // 1:00 AM

Hollywood Animal: A Memoir by Joe Eszterhas

As in most of Eszterhas' scripts that have become films, the reader becomes the fly-on-the-wall voyeur who witnesses a succession of lurid, amoral and diabolical events.

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Ghosts of 42nd Street: A History of America’s Most Infamous Block by Anthony Bianco

Once subjected to the demands of cultural history that requires attention to more substantial influences than individual lives -- forces like patterns of migration and economic flux - the book comes up wanting.

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Demonized by Christopher Fowler

All this is in the way of arguing that, in the hands of a writer like Fowler, the short story affords space for the exploration of contemporary fears.

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	The Olivia Tremor Control: Music from the Unrealized Film Script, Dusk at Cubist Castle [re-issue]

The label in the center of The Giant Day, the Olivia Tremor Control‘s second seven inch, details the side effects of a drug called

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8 Mar 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Oneida: Secret Wars

When I was a junior in college, I started doing a weekly show on the school’s student-run radio station. At first, I had deliciously

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8 Mar 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Non-Prophets: Hope

She rides gusts of wind just by the way she spoke/She cries but loves to sing songs of freedom and hope. —Sage Francis, circa

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	The Lights: Beautiful Bird

OK, so only about a million bands cite Pavement’s Slanted and Enchanted as a musical touchstone. And yes, Seattle’s the Lights can and

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	Jalilah’s Raks Sharki 6: In a Beirut Mood

Raks Sharki literally means Oriental Dance, what Americans know as “belly dance”, a misnomer carried on down from colonial days in the Middle East. Since

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8 Mar 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Mason Jennings: Use Your Voice

Cult bands are nearly impossible to critique. The people who’d be drawn to their style already like them, and nobody else much cares. Yet

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8 Mar 2004 // 11:00 PM

Deerhoof: Milk Man

This album evades a raking over my coals because of the brilliant title track, which keeps me listening, and because as an art-rock quartet they’ve generated some great background music here.

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8 Mar 2004 // 3:00 PM

	The Dells: Ultimate Collection

Like Spinal Tap with (singing) chops, the Dells have been around with all but one of the original members (but that one lineup change was

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8 Mar 2004 // 1:00 AM

Space Is the Place (1974)

If the film is the definitive model of where blaxploitation intersects with sci-fi, as it has so often been regarded, then 2003 was an appropriate year for its return.

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	“Weird Al” Yankovich: The Ultimate Video Collection [DVD]

With radio typically turning a deaf ear to novelty music, limiting the chances Al had for taking his comedy to the public, video may have simply been a back door into the minds of audiences.

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