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November 20, 2003
  A hotouse of choreographic goodness.PDF files may take a moment to load

Unsure of what was meant by the term "choreographic hothouse," I did not know what to expect from the latest show presented by Springboard Dance at the new Vertigo Theatre. As I soon found out, it was a chance to look at "works in progress" that had been mentored by Tedd Robinson, 10 Gates, from Ottawa for two weeks.

November 20, 2003
  Men's volleysaurs split the weekend against the T-BirdsPDF files may take a moment to load

After two hard games against the University of Alberta Golden Bears last weekend, the Dinos men's volleyball team looked poised to break out of their early season slump, hoping to beat up on the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds Nov. 15-16. They split the weekend, but still showed they are ready to compete in a talent-laden Canada West conference.

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November 20, 2003
  Ennio MorriconePDF files may take a moment to load

With Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West being released on a brand spankin' new, special edition DVD, there's no better time to re-visit the work of Ennio Morricone. The man has scored several hundred films in his career, and on this album, Film Music, his best-known works stands alongside his more obscure work with funny Italian names.

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November 20, 2003
  DovesPDF files may take a moment to load

If you haven't given a Doves disc a listen, I sincerely suggest you do.

Lost Souls, their debut album, had all the indie kids proclaiming their newfound love in all its brooding glory, while their 2002 release, The Last Broadcast, took this former backing band to Badly Drawn Boy into the top 10 lists of many reviewers that year. Taking from the vault of tracks left over in the recording of these two albums, Doves have released Lost Sides to coincide with a retrospective DVD.

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November 20, 2003
  Iggy PopPDF files may take a moment to load

While Skull Ring may not be the most innovative rock and roll album ever made, it is Iggy Pop, which makes it worth a listen.

This time out, Iggy presents us with a concrete, no-frills, fast tempo CD featuring an assortment of backing bands. Of these groups, the most notable is the resurrection of the original surviving Stooges. Their four songs fit the bill quite well, providing an entertaining perspective of the group.

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November 20, 2003
  The DistillersPDF files may take a moment to load

Coral Fang, the latest offering from The Distillers, delves into a more polished and pop-based punk sound that ends up falling shy of memorable. The album is by far the most mainstream The Distillers have produced to date, featuring songs like "Beat Your Heart Out" and "For Tonight You're Only Here to Know" that are pop-punk to the core. The peppier songs lack the raw emotion that sets Brody Dalle's voice apart and seem paradoxical considering the lyrical content uses overdone themes like blood, ripping, and death.

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November 20, 2003
  Ron SexsmithPDF files may take a moment to load

Imagine yourself in this scenario: you are in a van driving to the mountains. Also populating this van are your parents, your two grade-school aged cousins and, just to make things interesting, your grandparents. Naturally, the piercing shrieks of the children are causing you to spiral ever closer to insanity and no comfort can be found in the elders idle talk about auto insurance rates.

What you need is some music, but there is a problem--a big problem.

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November 20, 2003
  A Very Special Acoustic ChristmasPDF files may take a moment to load

There are two warnings which have to be given about A Very Special Acoustic Christmas. First, this album is actually a fundraiser for the Special Olympics, so you have to buy it regardless of what I write about it, or you are a bad person.

Second, with the exception of a single track by Norah Jones, "acoustic" means "country music."

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November 20, 2003
  White Cowbell OklahomaPDF files may take a moment to load

In my completely objective and unbiased opinion, ZZ Top was funny at best and Kid Rock will always be terrible. So what happens when you mix these two sources? You get White Cowbell Oklahoma, a Toronto-based band that plays southern-fried boogie rock and has built quite a reputation for intense live shows filled with zany antics.

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November 20, 2003
  Taken SoundtrackPDF files may take a moment to load

Alice in Wonderland taught me that meaning what you say is different from saying what you mean. Similarly, the soundtrack to Steven Spielberg's "critically acclaimed epic event" (apparently "miniseries" isn't grandiose enough) taught me that a collection of good songs is different from a good collection of songs. Justifiable as it may be, Taken feels more like a souvenir than a real stab at creating a solid collection.

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