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21 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Jake in Progress

He's just Jake, a guy so lucky, so affable, it hurts to watch him.

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21 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Fat Actress

Alley fails to take into account two other factors that harm actresses' careers: her age and her hiatus.

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21 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Deadwood

Deadwood is possibly the most coruscating indictment of American capitalism ever aired in primetime.

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21 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Cheap Seats

Cheap Seats repackages ESPN's lame programming, as if to say, 'We've got you watching nevertheless!' Good thing the show is funny.

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	Alasdair Roberts: No Earthly Man

Appendix Out's lead singer goes down a dark, dirge-ish and dreary road that makes Gillian Welch's 'Caleb Meyer' sound like 'Memory' by comparison.

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20 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Quintron: The Frog Tape

Eccentric organist Quintron tries his hand at classic horror, but fails to balance the necessary ingredients, instead resulting in mildly successful novelty.

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	Hella: Church Gone Wild / Chirpin Hard

The spaztastic noise-rock duo splits up for a pair of puzzling solo albums.

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	Astrud Gilberto: Astrud Gilberto With Stanley Turrentine

An indie darling before her time: quite possibly the one Gilberto album you must own.

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20 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Frankie J: The One

The One is not a bad little pop record, but I guess I was wrong about his originality and drive and desire. It turns out all he wants to be is the Hispanic Usher. Fortunately, I love Usher, and so does America.

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	Mark Farina: Mushroom Jazz 5

Away from the dance floor and onto the streets: Mark Farina's blunted beats struggle to make the transition.

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20 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Mike Doughty: Skittish/Rockity Roll

Mike Doughty wrote engaging music with Soul Coughing even while playing the role of the hip, prankster frontman. His first solo releases, however, while not completely dissimilar, illuminate his humanity. And we have never been more engaged.

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18 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Upside of Anger (2005)

Lurching into the simultaneously delicate and banal business of Terry's anger, not to mention her daughters' understandable bewilderment, the movie offers little in the way of complexity or sense.

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18 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Ring 2 (2005)

Rachel misses the fact that she's living in a horror movie sequel, which ordains that she's not anywhere near 'starting over' in the usual sense.

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18 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Off the Map (2003)

The fact that they're sharing such tragedies while Richard Nixon is resigning suggests a certain harmony of the universe.

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18 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Melinda and Melinda (2005)

Hobie rejiggers his life in order to make himself look 'available' for Melinda, the joke being that the Allen character is never actually available, but rather, needy, fervent, and clumsily scheming.

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18 Mar 2005 // 1:00 AM

Ice Princess (2005)

Corny as it must be, Ice Princess is substantially bolstered by Trachtenberg's appealing mix of eagerness and grace.

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	Various Artists: Soul Satisfaction: A Collection of Nu-Soul Gems

It coheres, it flows, and the songs fit together like a pieces in a jigsaw puzzle -- I just wish the whole thing weren't so goddamn 'serious'.

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	22-Pistepirkko: The Nature of 22-Pistepirkko: 1985 - 2002

Celebrated on this career-spanning retrospective, Finnish roots rockers 22-Pistepirkko failed to mature as songwriters over the course of their 15-year career, even as their adeptness in the studio increased.

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17 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	New Edition: One Love

Reunited and it feels so... bad. Can Bad Boy revive New Edition? Can New Edition revive Bad Boy? Will anyone care?"

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17 Mar 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Jennifer Lopez: Rebirth

Shouldn't a 'rebirth' imply some sort of major shift? Not so, for J. Lo.

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