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Tourists of History by Marita Sturken

The idea of education as liberation is a poor one; education might allow a critical perspective on cultural practices, but asserting that ironic frame helps an individual grieve, or mourn, or live a richer and fuller life, is a mistake.

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Bob Dylan: Bob Dylan: The Golden Years 1962-1978 [DVD]

An unauthorized two-disc documentary set that features painfully small doses of Dylan himself and lacks insight into the man or his music.

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Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back (1965 Tour Deluxe Edition) [DVD]

The digital remastering is noteworthy, but it’s the “65 Revisited” bonus disc that makes this an entirely necessary upgrade for Dylan fans and essential viewing for film and music aficionados alike.

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Matthew Ryan: From a Late Night High Rise

A very personal album from a great singer-songwriter yields surprisingly placid results.

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Sarah McLachlan: Wintersong

McLachlan’s holiday album captures that frosty winter mood like hot apple cider and barren-leaved, snow-ladden trees.

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Skye: Mind How You Go

The former voice of Morcheeba has a hip solo debut. You might care, but you probably don't (and you really don't need to).

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Govt Mule: High & Mighty

Today's best all-around guitar player keeps moving laterally in the move toward being a great songwriter…'til then it's still music for musicians and jam culture, though it transcends both labels.

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Diana Ross: blue

A lost 1972 album from the Motown superwoman is a categorical mistake.

Ryan Gillespie
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Katharine Whalen: Dirty Little Secret

Former Squirrel Nut Zipper takes some risks abandoning her jazz chanteuse modus operandi.

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Van Morrison: Pay the Devil

The great Van the Man, reduced to (mostly) covers and genre constrictions.

Ryan Gillespie
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Sparks: Hello Young Lovers

What's the difference between carnivalesque and arrested development?

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Envelopes: Demon

Envelopes are coming. You've been warned.

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Bring on the Major Leagues

When major labels promote indie bands, sucking up the air that truly independent music needs to breathe, will the music stop developing altogether? Will we be stuck with Strokes and Rilo Kiley retreads forever?

Ryan Gillespie
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Violent Femmes: Permanent Record: Live and Otherwise [DVD]

The once overlooked band has been getting their share of attention in the past few years. This DVD performance proves why.

Ryan Gillespie
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Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee: Walk On

Sonny and Brownie are in great form in this live performance. Too bad the record is only half theirs.

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Yngwie Malmsteen: Concerto Suite for Guitar and Orchestra [DVD]

Malmsteen attempts to drop the 'neo' from the neo-classical moniker in this blistering, intricate and quite gaudy DVD performance.

Ryan Gillespie
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Brian Eno: 14 Video Paintings [DVD]

The Sound Genius' early '80s video paintings are equally remarkable and forced.

Ryan Gillespie
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Comet Gain: City Fallen Leaves

Decidedly hip, knowing, British indie pop... yawn.

Ryan Gillespie
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