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	Okkervil River: Black Sheep Boy Appendix

Austin folkies spin their dark pop web further into the depths with a mini-album, using recent B-sides as a jumping-off point, that rivals this band-on-the-rise's most solid efforts to date.

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	Mummy the Peepshow: School Girl Pop

In a world where an Iowa independent label reissues the fourth album from an Osaka-based all girl trio that is not Shonen Knife, School Girl Pop is better than you'd expect. Much better.

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27 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Limbeck: Let Me Come Home

inally, I got around to this one, and this band has made it worth the wait. Year-end lists? Not a question of if but how many!"

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	Marc Johnson: Shades of Jade

Strong playing from Eliane Elias, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, and Joey Baron makes for a pleasant but schizophrenic listen.

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	50 Cent: The Massace: Special Edition [CD/DVD]

Fiddy's no Brando, he probably isn't even a Tupac, but he can do a good imitation of someone writing a rhyme on the decks of a production studio or looking out the window of a tour van.

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27 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Anthony B.: My Hope

Dancehall star Anthony B.'s 'hope' is that you'll buy his album. Oh, and world peace. Definitely world peace. A big, fat spliff wouldn't hurt either.

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23 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

As a backdrop, Maui is not standard fare, and the setting raises intriguing questions about isolation and emigration.

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23 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Adventures of Pete & Pete: Season Two

It was as if David Lynch had decided to quit making movies and revive Leave It to Beaver.

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23 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Surrender by Sonya Hartnett

Surrender is a novel about a young boy made to bear an unbearable burden, and about the bargains he strikes to sustain himself.

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Lennon Revealed by Larry Kane

Former journalist Kane's flawed but passionate take on Lennon succeeds because of its flaws -- not unlike Lennon himself.

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23 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Syriana (2005)

This Middle Eastern spy thriller is complex and earnest, a film that repays close attention.

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23 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Rent (2005)

The song, 'Rent', names its own dilemma, how to make melodrama and artifice compelling when experience has turned so sensational and illusory?"

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23 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Passenger (1975/2005)

He is introduced as a human being in the process of existing rather than any particular person engaged in any particular struggle.

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23 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Millions (2004)

Millions sustains a vibrantly colored, enjoyably lively view, fantastic to reflect Damian's perspective, literally short and practically limited.

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23 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Ice Harvest (2005)

If Charlie appears seem energetic, if not exactly inspired, it's only because he's in constant, circular motion.

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22 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

Patti Smith: Horses/Horses

What’s surprising about Patti Smith’s Horses is how subversive it still is, despite its having long since been canonized as one of rock’s most important and influential works.

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	Toshi Reagon: Have You Heard

An Artist Deserving Wider Recognition puts her wounded joy front and center.

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	Bucky Pizzarelli / Frank Vignola: Moonglow

An outstanding lyrical and swinging set of guitar duets by two Italian-American jazz virtuosi. Gran' Dio!, they even make a masterpiece of tender melodic playing out of 'Moonlight Cocktail'!!!"

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	The Mendoza Line: Full of Light and Full of Fire

The Mendoza Line have a knack for writing disturbing and lonely tales that also make a fine soundtrack to a night of carousing. With Full of Life and Full of Fire, they've created a modern American masterpiece.

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Fave Five: Alpine

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"Australian sextet Alpine's newest album is a fantastic expansion of their joyous pop sound, but two members give us five records apiece that helped define their unique musical identities.

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