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The Must List: April 29 and May 6, 2005

Goths, globe-trotters, and 8 other things we love this week

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The Must List: April 29 and May 6, 2005

DVD
1. DIG!
What happens when two bands stop being polite and start being, well, real? This music doc — now on DVD — ponders the questions of fame and artistic integrity. Review >

TV
2. ROB & AMBER ON ‘THE AMAZING RACE’
Their Survivor-honed competitiveness adds a compelling tone to this season’s global dash. TV Watch >

DVD
3. THE BOB NEWHART SHOW: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON
Finally on DVD: All hail the master of salt-dry comedy, stammering double takes, and self-effacing humor! Q&A >

MUSIC
4. THE CURE
Each of the three new reissues of the Goth giants’ early days — buy Faith First — packs enough bonus goodies to put a smile on the moodiest teen.

BOOKS
5. MRS. BALLARD’S PARROTS, BY ARNE SVENSON
In this photo book you’ll learn all about Rule No. 36 of Comedy: Birds + Silly Outfits = Big Yuks.

BOOKS
6. MAGICAL MYSTERY TOURS, BY TONY BRAMWELL
Beatles books are beyond over, but this vivid memoir by their old friend and confidant offers a front-row seat on the Fab Four’s wiggy ride. No real bombshells here, but plenty of bits worth savoring. Review >

POP CULTURE
7. NEGROSPACEPROGRAM.COM
In a pitch-perfect send-up of Ken Burns’ bookish doc style, this site examines a side of NASA not found in textbooks.

INTERNET
8. DEAD CELEBRITY SOUL-MATES
Forget J-Date — all their matches are so… normal. Find a late, great, chardonnay-loving mate at Biography.com.

MOVIE
9. SUMMER MOVIE TRAILERS
We’ve been burned by them before, but after peeking at the previews for upcoming flicks like War of the Worlds and Wedding Crashers, we say: Bring ’em on!

TV
10. DEADWOOD
It’s still not too late to get up to speed with the new season of David Milch’s sublimely profane and startlingly profound HBO Western. Review >