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The Treatment

friday28 BON MOTS People give a lot of lip service to the arsenal of vintage gear this Chicago band has stockpiled. I guess when it takes you four years to release the follow-up to an acclaimed debut, the fans have to find something to talk about. But the new album, Forty Days and Forty Nights […]

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The Straight Dope

Since Alexander Litvinenko’s death there’s been a lot of talk about polonium-210, the radioactive material that killed him. This brought to light another issue seldom discussed in the media–that tobacco contains high levels of the stuff, due to chemical fertilizers. In 1990 Surgeon General C. Everett Koop went on record stating that radiation from tobacco […]

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The Treatment

friday21 cBONDE DO ROLE The haters–after all the hype about the singles, they were bound to come out of the woodwork for the first album–say Bonde do Role are irresponsible assholes who happen to be Brazilian, yelling dumb stuff over ripped-off party beats and disrespecting their own musical culture. But the band’s tossed-off hybrid of […]

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September 21, 2007

Lead Story Urban sprawl, meet agriculture: The East Valley Herald of Mesa, Arizona, reported in July on Phoenix-area home owners who paid an extra $80,000 to developers for the view from their back patio only to find they get a particularly good look at sites 300 feet away where manure is dumped all summer before […]

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The Treatment

friday14 cBILL CALLAHAN, SIR RICHARD BISHOP I’m not sure why BILL CALLAHAN decided to retire the Smog moniker and put out Woke on a Whaleheart (Drag City) under his own name. There’s no sudden shift on the new album: Callahan just takes another step down the path he’s been on since his obscurantist lo-fi days, […]

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The Treatment

friday7 LINDSAY ANDERSON With her solo debut, If (unrelated to the 1968 Malcolm McDowell movie by the late director who shares her name), L’altra veteran Lindsay Anderson has made a record that could easily be a lost gem from the 90s heyday of Chicago art-rock–maybe a 1998 Edith Frost album with a couple Sea and […]