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Zero Boys

For a band from Indianapolis whose sole original LP was less than 23 minutes long and only available sporadically in the years after its authors blipped across the early-80s hardcore radar like vodka-mad porcupines, the Zero Boys were amazingly influential. By the time 1982’s Vicious Circle was rereleased by Panic Button in 2000, I’d already […]

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The Straight Dope

OK, before asking my question, I have to admit that I got the idea for it from an episode of Beavis and Butt-head. Anyways, can I hop in a box, have a friend take me to the post office, and send myself to far-off destinations? If I can, would it be cheaper than airfare? I’m […]

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Diplo, Books

Musique concrete–music made from recordings of everday sounds–alienated the cold-war-era European bourgeoisie, but when the premise was unwittingly revisited decades later by American sample junkies like Public Enemy’s Bomb Squad, it turned out that what didn’t quite work as art music worked great as pop. Composing with found sounds is old hat now, in the […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story The Wall Street Journal reported in November on the high-tech bra lab set up recently in Bagualing, China, by the Chinese lingerie maker Top Form, supplier for brands including Victoria’s Secret, Playtex, and Maidenform; according to David Morris, who teaches brassiere studies at De Montfort University in Leicester, England, Chinese manufacturers have moved […]

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Office

Office’s debut CD, Q & A (available through reachoffice.com), is the best local release I’ve heard in a year filled with excellent local releases. The quartet’s high-gloss, sexy alt-pop connects from the very first bars of the opening track (“Wound Up”) and never lags for the duration of the 12-song disc. That fanny-shaking beat and […]

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Iraqtile Dysfunction

Brainy, well executed, and cleverly conceived, Iraqtile Dysfunction is topical with a vengeance, spoofing everything from trash-talking steroid jocks to Condoleezza Rice to Katrina victims–an evacuee named Snake Lady (the wonderfully rubber-faced Claudia Michelle Wallace) magically transforms a dysfunctional clan in Wilmette. Director Ron West and his sextet have spared no absurdity in this unashamedly […]

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The Producers

A Broadway impresario (Nathan Lane) and his accountant (Matthew Broderick) plot to embezzle a million dollars by corralling investors for a show, staging a surefire flop (“Springtime for Hitler”), and pocketing the leftover funds. Directed by Susan Stroman, this screen adaption of the hit musical–itself an adaptation of the farcical 1967 movie by Mel Brooks–is […]