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Last of the Cold War Spies: The Life of Michael Straight by Roland Perry

There is no smoking gun, so Perry examines each phase of Straight's life and sees dastardly deeds wherever he treads.

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The Fly (Collector’s Edition) / The Fly II (Special Edition) (1986/1989)

Timeless terror needs more than goop and glop. Only one Fly film even tried to get it right.

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	Various Artists: Wu-Tang Meets the Indie Culture

The Killer Bees meet some of what keeps the underground buzzing these days, and the flows run thicker than blood.

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	Various Artists: Def Jazz

Happy music, synthesizer-based with several efficient soloists, a good guitar soloist on a couple of tracks, and on another two or three tracks a couple of people showing what better music is. This is hip-hop's silver jubilee?"

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	3 Fox Drive: Listen to the Music

Kim Fox's songs on Listen to the Music are little literary gems.

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	The Ribeye Brothers: Bar Ballads… and Cautionary Tales

Honky-tonkin' psychedelic rock? Oh yes, boys and girls! And how these former Monster Magnets do it is priceless.

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	The Mars Volta: Scab Dates

When these proggers go live, fans will love it and the haters will hate.

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	King Britt: Late Night with King Britt

Nu-soul renaissance man returns to one of his strengths: perfectly-produced, soulful/sensual dance music.

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	Gogogo Airheart: Rats! Sing! Sing!

We get some groovy three-chord post-punk, some phoned-in dub, and a few comical cartwheels into garagetown.

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15 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Glister: Be There Soon

Glister call themselves the galaxy's 'most hypnotic rock band'. Maybe they should qualify that statement.

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	Alice Cooper: Good to See You Again, Alice Cooper [DVD]

It's good to see you again too, Alice, but we'd much rather see you rock out than joke around.

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15 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

It all comes down to how much of a Bruce Campbell fan you are.

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Ambulance, Ltd + We Are Scientists

Scientists suggested and medically proven: no amount of energy can cure a slow burning crowd...

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15 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Arrested Development: Season Two

Twenty-two minutes of a single episode of Arrested Development is still funnier than an entire night of Must-See TV.

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Hondo: Special Collector’s Edition / McLintock!: Authentic Collector’s Edition (1953)

As pointed out in a making-of featurette, John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara had such 'chemistry' in their films together that moviegoers took them to be a real-life couple.

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	Wilco: Kicking Television: Live in Chicago

Auteur theorists beware: Wilco leaves the studio behind in an attempt to just plain rock you.

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	Gerald Wilson: In My Time

Gerald Wilson's second CD with his new New York recording big band -- starry veterans supporting stunning juniors -- demonstrates what a considerable jazzman he still is; and was for all those decades of doing other things too.

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	Ivan Smagghe: Fabric 23

Frozen synths, hot sweat and digital disco drugs in the mix of the year so far from the gallic Darth Vader of electro; a daddy not afraid to scare his children...

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14 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Pilotdrift: Water Sphere

If you find the Flaming Lips too conservative for your tastes, you may have found your new favorite band.

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	P.J. Olsson: Beautifully Insane

Another quirky yet appealing album that makes you think that being in a haze isn't so bad at times.

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