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15 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

The Matches: Decomposer

Second album for Bay Area pop-punk band the Matches favours pastiche over memorable tunes

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Branford Marsalis: Braggtown

Branford and the boys offer ballads, burners, and the Baroque on the bi-polar Braggtown.

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Various Artists: Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook, Vol. 1

Excellent and educational compilation of folk songs, featuring members of Wilco, Freakwater, and the Bad Livers, as well as faculty and staff of Chicago's esteemed Old Town School of Folk Music.

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The Uptown Quintet: Live in New York

Uptown Quintet -- not quite hard bop, maybe contemporary delight bop from young lions who served their musical apprenticeships on Manhattan Island, and the one very together band they were.

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Trentemoller: Always Something Better

Trentemoller, big man of 2005 house, gives us a taste of his forthcoming long-player in the form of a single and some remixes. “Always Something Better”

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Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006)

In making Arbus' biography understandable, if "imaginary," the film also makes her work -- so thrillingly strange -- a bit too familiar.

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14 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

The Places: Songs for Creeps

Singer-songwriter Amy Annelle's songs are creepy on the surface, but the good stuff lies below.

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Miles Davis: Cool & Collected

While this collection is definitely cool, its primary purpose is to acquaint newbies with the legend of Miles Davis.

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14 Nov 2006 // 5:00 PM

One Ring Zero: Wake Them Up

The concept is really intriguing, but the reality is undenaibly disappointing.

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14 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Feast (2005)

Feast is too knowing and in its own way, too high profile to be cult cinema, but it deserves a look from the genre connoisseur.

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14 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Justice for All: Earl Warren and the Nation He Made by Jim Newton

In the years after he named Earl Warren as chief justice, President Dwight Eisenhower made clear he regretted the choice, calling it one of his biggest mistakes.

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14 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Love the Way You Love

The most sincere emotional connection a person can have with a story like this comes from the reader's genuine desire to see the two people get together.

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Marah: Sooner Or Later in Spain

Marah has long been one of America's best rock bands, and now they've got the pictures to prove it.

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Lindstrom: Its a Feedelity Affair

Lindstrom's easy and attractive electronic music may not be cutting-edge any more, but it's still gorgeously layered and sparkles as if right out of the box

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A Northern Chorus: Before We All Go to Pieces

A Northern Chorus' 2001 debut is an occasionally enthralling collection of dreamy space-rock atmospheres and plaintive alt-country melodies.

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Does It Matter? by Graham Dunstan Martin

[Martin] is as much at odds with Professors Dawkins and Dennet as was Stephen Jay Gould.

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14 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Vice Guide to Travel (2006)

There are some fucked up parts of the world, but don't despair; it's also full of good people, even if you have to travel to Pakistan to find them.

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14 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Dead Poetic: Vices

Dead Poetic is not quite a cookie-cutter rock band, mainly because there’s no blood-curdling wail in the opening minutes. Dead Poetic relies on strong

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Cerrone: Cerrone by Bob Sinclar

French producer Cerrone deserves credit as one of the architects of modern music.

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Too Short: Blow the Whistle

There's nothing new or surprising here, but album number 15 is good enough to justify album number 20. Beeeitch!

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