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20 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Kidnapped

Rather than manipulate our established fears by way of the threat to personal security, this show asks us to examine what makes us individuals in the first place.

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20 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Digging for the Truth - The Complete Season 1

Digging for the Truth ads an element of adventure to historical research that, whether concocted at points or not, can foster an interest in the ancient world among even the most casual viewer.

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20 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Jericho

The citizens of Jericho want Jake to save them. Even in their cynicism, they seek a very old-fashioned solution.

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20 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Supermarket

The ending provides very little closure and the strong anti-consumerism sentiment of the beginning feels like a distant, unrelated musing.

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20 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Wire

This is the consequence of America's broken systems: a young boy staring into the darkness, wondering what else his future might bring.

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20 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Smut (2006)

It's not clear in the end if Marty finds himself in Anytown, USA. Nor is much else very clear, either.

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20 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Syringa Tree by Pamela Gien

As a grown-up Lizzie must learn, one's childhood can never be abandoned, one's home and family never truly rejected.

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Smokey Robinson and the Miracles: Gold

You can count the number of songwriters who have matched Robinson's achievements on the fingers of one stump.

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Bound Stems: Appreciation Night

Take Pavement's arch sloppiness and cross it with post-rock's abstraction, apply for a library card and toss in a couple of Prozac et voila: the Bound Stems.

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Stereolab: Serene Velocity: A Stereolab Anthology

Stereolab's discography is a maze, and this is meant as a guidebook. But it's missing a few pages, at least.

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Our Brother the Native: Tooth and Claw

Teenagers get artsy, and with it, pretentious and boring.

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Amen Andrews: Amen Andrews Vs. Spac Hand Luke

Luke Vibert dons the camouflage for his latest project: a visceral, sometimes compelling Scarface done electronica style.

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Jim Lauderdale: Country Super Hits Volume One

If one heard this album on a crowded dance floor or a noisy barroom where the words were indistinct, one would be mightily impressed with Lauderdale’s overall grace and style.

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Mia Doi Todd: La Ninja: Amor and Other Dreams of Manzanita

Underappreciated Los Angeles singer-songwriter experiments with remixing, to, well, mixed results.

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20 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Jonny Lang: Turn Around

Who knew that his music would get better with time, or that he'd prove himself not only as a talented guitarist, but as a solid songwriter and vocalist?

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Artimus Pyledriver: Artimus Pyledriver

An album like this should leave us happier than a hog knee-deep in slop, but instead, we realize we're surrounded by nothing but, well ... slop.

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19 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Finches: Six Songs EP

Simple but assured, this EP sets the stage for a promising career from the Finches.

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19 Sep 2006 // 10:00 PM

Radio Birdman makes welcome return -- and reminds us why rock 'n' roll has survived for half a century -- on Zeno Beach.

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The Meeting Places: Numbered Days

It sounds like a cross between The Jesus and Mary Chain and The Byrds.

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Innerstance.Beatbox: Tekniques EP

On this teaser EP, Innerstance.Beatbox provides an eclectic array of beats to give a complex taste of what he has to offer.

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