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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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	John Lennon: Working Class Hero: The Definitive Lennon

John Lennon may not be a true 'working class hero', but he is still a heroic figure, nevertheless.

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	Kid Icarus: The Metal West

The Metal West is notable mostly for its creator's chosen band name, which is far from enough to justify its existence.

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	Bonnie “Prince” Billy: Summer in the Southeast

Will the real Will Oldham please stand up?"

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14 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Ray LaMontagne

I spent the entire show trying to make paper aeroplanes with my companion's phone number on them to fly LaMontagne's beard. There's a good reason why...

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14 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Home Movies: Season Three

The episodes are probably the best of the series. But honestly, an eight-year-old kid could make a better DVD.

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America’s Funniest Home Videos: Home for the Holidays

Get rid of the host's doofy vocal commentary and cartoon sound effects, and some of the clips are downright ruthless.

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Perfect Example by John Porcellino

The cumulative effect is quite powerful, the equivalent of an epic poem told in a series Zen koans.

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Bill Withers: Just As I Am [DualDisc]

A 'dualdisc' version of Bill Withers' first album -- a folk-soul fusion that reminds us what the '70s were really good for.

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	Joy Lynn White: One More Time

What a joy! A strong female voice brings back California style country rock as if the '70s were here again.

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	Little Plastic Pilots: Little Plastic Pilots

Little Plastic Pilots treads the line between pleasant and boring just a little too closely.

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	Mike Ladd: Father Divine

Infesticon, Nostalgiagator, poet, MC and producer goes semi-conceptual and ends up between destinations. He's still smart and funky, but it's not really enough.

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	Richie Hawtin: DE9: Transitions

Hawtin has not only produced one of the most singularly fascinating albums of the year, but taken the very concept of a mixed CD into unprecedented territory.

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	Cuizinier: Pour le Filles: Street Tape Vol. 01

Nothing else this year integrates more types of music, both smoothly and not-so-smoothly, than Pour les Filles does.

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	Terry Bozzio & Metropole Orkest: Chamber Works

A solid yet challenging album from a drummer who's managed to pack a lot of experience into his years.

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13 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Ashton Allen: Dewdrops

Pleasant, lazy pop music with not enough specifics and too many tried and trues. Beware, or Ashton Allen will steal your girlfriend.

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11 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Cream

I've previously written that Brian Wilson's SMiLE stop was undoubtedly the BEST concert of 2005. Oops...

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11 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Cream

Which of the greatest bands from the '60s recently took the stage for a long-anticipated, live performance with all of its original members?

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‘Salem’s Lot: Illustrated Edition by Stephen King

Since Carrie was about telekinesis -- not the most classical of creature features -- 'Salem's Lot represents King's first stab a legitimate horror archetypes, and as he would go on to prove time and time again, no one can rework the classics better than he.

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