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2 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

Transamerica (2005)

Transamerica settles for the familiar 'alternative family' rather than questioning all those systems that make the very concept of 'alternative' necessary.

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Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic (2005)

Sarah Silverman's character is a spoiled, suburban princess, which allows her to deliver offensive one-liners with an unnerving mixture of naïvete and self-assured ignorance.

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Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005)

It's a surprise that Shane Black's Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang works as well as it does.

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2 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

In the Mix (2005)

It's hard to be mad at Usher. But you have to wonder what went through his or anyone else's head during the production of In the Mix.

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1 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Various Artists: Children of Nuggets

After a few listens, it becomes clear that the 'second psychedelic era' doesn't exist.

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Not quite as hellacious and rollicking as its previous album, Chicago's Irish/Celtic darlings still make good on the path paved by Shane MacGowan and company.

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	The Subways: Young For Eternity

The Subways carry lots of attitude, big dreams, and a cheeky, clumsy style of personal interaction that makes you want to take them out after work to booze it up.

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1 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Sinead O’Connor: Throw Down Your Arms

Loved or loathed, O'Connor is back, though not quite as controversial as we remember her to be.

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1 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Mat Maneri: Pentagon

Thirsty Ear's 'Blue Series' goads out-violinist Maneri into his own Bitches Brew session.

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1 Dec 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Ray LaMontagne: Trouble

Alright, it came out a year ago, but hey, on his debut, this young singer-songwriter evokes the gritty vocals and beautiful accompaniment of Van Morrison.

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	Judas Priest: Rising in the East [DVD]

Do you wanna go, wanna go, wanna go Hot Rockin'? Come on, admit it, you do.

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	The Hope Blister: Underarms / Sideways

Previously net-only release, plus a new 'reinterpretation', tries to keep the This Mortal Coil / 4AD torch alive. It just barely succeeds.

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	Tommy Dorsey: The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing: Centennial Collection

A comprehensive selection from an American pop music superstar, sometime 1920s jazzman (better jazzman on trumpet, nonpareil instrumentalist on trombone).

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1 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

Into the long-standing debate on how mental processes interact with the physical world jumps Grant Morrison, with The Filth, the story of middle-aged Greg Feely, who lives a gray life of TV dinners and tending to his sick cat.

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Black Star (Mos Def and Talib Kweli): 28 November 2005 - Washington, DC

What do you do when the mold that breaks the mold needs breaking?

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The Kids in the Hall: Season Three

Once you've seen a few of those uncensored sketches, it's clear why Kids in the Hall was never so pleasing to mainstream viewers as SNL.

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Dr. Futurity by Philip K. Dick

By using the previous genocide of the native residents of North America as a futuristic rallying cry for his characters, Dick delivers an interesting epic without a great deal of technical wizardry or speculative mumbo jumbo.

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	Various Artists: I Heard It on NPR - One World Many Voices

An interesting assortment of hits and misses from public radio.

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	Dwight Yoakam: Live from Austin, TX [DVD]

If jeans-wearing were an Olympic sport, Dwight Yoakam would win every single medal and possibly even lead some sort of honorary jeans-parade.

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	Ticonderoga: The Heilig-Levine LP

Don't be fooled, on occasion Ticonderoga sounds like a rock band, but it's not. I don't know quite what it is, but it's not a rock band.

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