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March 04, 2004
  JuicePDF files may take a moment to load

It begins as expected, with the prerequisite shout-outs over a standard horn sample, followed by the intro: "I'm here to give you just a sip. A taste of things to come."

He goes by the name Juice. Sip. Juice. Oh, thy devilish wit hath slain me. See, you drink juice and his name is Juice. So utterly droll it becomes sublime.

What gloriousness shall this wordsmith tantalize us with next?

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March 04, 2004
  Shortcut to NewarkPDF files may take a moment to load

To learn about the band, so that I could write an informed EP review, I happened to visit their web site. The first thing I saw was a quote at the bottom of the page stating "like a punk Iron Maiden." Chuckling to myself, I put the CD in and was a bit surprised to hear what they sounded like.

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March 04, 2004
  Grant Lee PhillipsPDF files may take a moment to load

I typed in "Virginia creeper" on Google to see what I could learn. Apparently it's a fast-growing vine often confused with poison ivy. The leaves don't cause itching, but the berries are poisonous. It can also become parasitic and smother the shrubs it grows on.

Virginia Creeper is also a glam-rock/industrial band that is "a deranged conspiracy scheming to undermine established authorities."

Neither of these facts seem all that relevant to Grant Lee Phillips' new album.

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March 04, 2004
  Joe Jackson BandPDF files may take a moment to load

As Dreamworks cartoons are to Pixar, as Fruitopia is to Snapple, so Joe Jackson is to Elvis Costello--not necessarily an imitator but sometimes too close for comfort. He's certainly just as prone to moments of brilliance, as well as a tendency towards some insufferable tangents. But while Costello has mellowed out somewhat, Jackson can still be every bit the angry young man he once was and this shows superbly on Afterlife.

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March 04, 2004
  Taxi ChainPDF files may take a moment to load

I find, on the whole, people's opinions of today's folk, blues and roots music are extremely black and white. Either you love it or you don't want anything to do with it. If, like me, it's your cup of tea, then you can't go wrong with Taxi Chain. If your interests lie elsewhere, they're not the band for you.

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March 04, 2004
  The MiniaturesPDF files may take a moment to load

Message to mainstream rock radio stations: it's time to play The Miniatures, assholes.

"Why?" you ask.

Well, first of all, they're Canadian, we mustn't forget about Canadian content rules. Second, and most importantly, they're good. At least I think they're good, in a weird, bad kind of way. It's hard to explain.

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March 04, 2004
  Raising the FawnPDF files may take a moment to load

It's an overcast Sunday in July. The minutes on the clock crawl by slowly, one after the other. The house is empty except for you, and you're about to leave.

The door opens smoothly, silently. You turn the lock into place and step outside. There is a light dew on the grass and the crisp smell of moisture fills your nostrils. The muted song of a far away bird flutters to your ears as you begin to walk. You don't have a particular destination, randomly turning in whichever direction the gentle breeze seems to guide you.

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March 04, 2004
  Hail to the King, babyPDF files may take a moment to load

What a drag getting old is.

Mick Jagger said it almost 40 years ago, and though the fates have been kinder to him than most, there's a dread that comes with aging. Spending a life alone save for a few awkward medical treatments, never visited by the grown children who are simply too busy to find one afternoon in a five year stretch to stop by--rest homes are one of the few things that truly frighten me.

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March 04, 2004
  Mountain kingsPDF files may take a moment to load

The Dinos men's basketball team is going to the Canada West Final Four after winning their weekend series with the University of Alberta Golden Bears two games to one Feb. 26-28.

"Our defence was phenomenal," said Head Coach Dan Vanhooren. "That's what won the games."

Friday's game was the team's only loss, ending in a 74-64 defeat. Poor shooting was the main factor, as the Dinos made only 35 per cent of their field goals and were 15 per cent from the three-point line.

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March 04, 2004
  Car crushin' madnessPDF files may take a moment to load

Think back to your childhood. What was the first vehicle you wanted your parents to buy for you to drive around in?

For me, it was a monster truck. That's not to say I didn't have a normal childhood, but monster trucks always fascinated me--from a young age right up until I realized there was no way in hell I would get one.

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