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The Sadies have no interest in making exceptional music, which is, of course, how really fun records get made.

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24 Oct 2006 // 12:15 AM

Maps of Norway: Sister Stations

Electro-pop and guitar rock merge in a powerful combination.

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24 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Flicka (2006)

The movie takes Katy's view of the world, soliciting your sympathy for even her not-so-smart decisions.

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Honeycut: The Day I Turned to Glass

Debut release from genre hopping West Coast trio ultimately fails to convince, though it has its moments.

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Reading Writing by Julien Gracq

Julien Gracq is smarter than all of us.

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24 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Red Shoes (2005)

This version of The Red Shoes is different shade of red; not quite as vibrant.

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24 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Beach House: Beach House

Baltimore duo spins soft vocals, electrified keyboards and mechanical percussion into pearlized fogs of melancholy pop.

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24 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Hatori, Miho: Ecdysis

Allow her to reintroduce herself: her name is Miho.

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24 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Walkmen: Pussy Cats

An uneven labor of love from one of the best bands today.

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James Kochalka Superstar: Spread Your Evil Wings and Fly

So, uh, what exactly is "chooglin'," anyway?

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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Live in 58 [DVD]

This entry in the outstanding new Jazz Icons series is a real treasure, catching one of the best Messengers lineups in peak form.

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24 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Cut Copy: Fabriclive.29

Solid mix for the Fabriclive series fuses the latest in hard-edged electro with unabashed '80s throwbacks, and a few surprises from the vault.

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Riley Baugus: Long Steel Rail

A traditional music fan will appreciate Baugus' interpretations; but if you are new to this genre, you'd best find another introduction.

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The Roger Kellaway Trio: Heroes

The piano-guitar-bass trio format has a long, noble history in jazz, but exponents should beware of imitating.

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23 Oct 2006 // 2:00 AM

Fun and bouncy, it's great if punchy humor is to your tastes, but otherwise will seem overwhelmingly cutesy.

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23 Oct 2006 // 2:00 AM

Slow, soulful and somewhat bittersweet, Ryan Scott’s first effort is the lovable title track that sounds a bit like The Twilight Singers, John Mayer

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23 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Project Runway

An appropriate alternative title for this season of Project Runway might be Project Run Amok.

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Astronautalis continues to keep one foot in hip-hop and one in indie, as he searches for meaning in an alien world.

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23 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Darkel: Darkel

First solo release from one half of French electro merchants Air suggests he should stick to instrumentals or let someone else take over vocal duties.

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My Name is Earl: The Complete First Season

At the end of "Joy's Wedding," Earl lets loose to Young MC's "Bust a Move" his eyes brightening and his mouth melting into a blissful grin. It's a sublimely goofy moment.

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