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Nellie McKay: Pretty Little Head

Nellie McKay's excellent second album, Pretty Little Head, surfaces at last, revealing a greatly matured songwriter on top of her game.

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Dangerous Nation by Robert Kagan

Kagan is a realist who understands idealism; a rare combination among historical writers, and part of what helps make Dangerous Nation such a gratifying and illuminating read.

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Deftones: Saturday Night Wrist

Generic 90s alt-metal might be dying on the vine, but don't discount the ever-evolving Deftones just yet.

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Yip-Yip: In the Reptile House

The goggled wonders actually put out a CD that has memorable style and memorable music!

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6 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Tears for Fears: Gold

Just about worth the purchase price for its single new track, Gold is the best summary thus far of Tears for Fears' 25 years.

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Goldenboy: Underneath the Radio

This is an uncluttered, attractively produced record, performed with skill and care. But if a record doesn't do anything new or fill some sort of void -- and this one fails on both accounts -- then what's the point?

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Gloria Estefan: The Essential Gloria Estefan

You get a double-CD set filled with nearly 40 songs from an award-winning, multi-platinum international superstar. What more could you want?

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6 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

My Brothers Keeper (2004)

Have someone wake you up when this one is over.

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Various Artists: Musics In The Margin

A 25-track compilation of artists, scientists and ordinary people -- most of which you've never heard of -- creating sound and art on the most gut level of honesty and sincerity.

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Fiona Boyes and the Fortune Tellers: Lucky 13

Aussie guitar phenom cuts a joyous swath through electrified raunch, haunted 12-bar vamps, New Orleans swing and rockabilly stomps... if you didn't see the album cover, you'd swear she was black, 50-something and weighed at least 300 pounds.

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6 Nov 2006 // 1:00 AM

MSTRKRFT: The Looks

The Canadian Daft Punk won't be topping Discovery anytime soon.

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5 Nov 2006 // 11:00 PM

Dirty Projectors: New Attitude EP

The seven new attitudes on display here seem to maintain a vague veneer of folk, but also lurch between electronic blip accompaniment, noisy backup vocal arrangements, sudden falsetto, oozing cello drone, scratchy keys-and-flute jams, and operatic orchestration reminiscent of the last full-length.

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The Channel: Tales From the Two Hill Heart / Sibylline Machine

In the absence of the Elephant 6 collective, the Channel turn out to be pretty likable.

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Ellegarden: Riot On The Grill

A very good album from a band that you probably never heard of.

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5 Nov 2006 // 5:00 PM

HBO’s Hacking Democracy

Hacking Democracy is full of moments when authorities are essentially caught with their pants down and lie outright or offer utterly implausible explanations.

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Tim Buckley: The Best of Tim Buckley

How does Rhino's The Best of Tim Buckley play for someone just discovering Buckley's work? It affords a well-compiled introduction to an artist who created art fearlessly, on his own terms, restlessly swimming against the tide.

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Neko Case: Live from Austin TX [DVD]

Blacklisted placed Case on plenty of year's best lists, but this Austin City Limits broadcast may have been her true coming out party.

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5 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Fables

Its respect for its characters and the intellectual nuance that Willingham provides makes it a must-read for anyone out there hungry for a story of real substance that's somehow still got all the primal resonance of a good fairy tale.

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Rain Village by Carolyn Turgeon

I felt as though I, like Tessa, was flying through the air without a safety net.

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5 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Malajube: Trompe-LOeil

It's pronounced mal-a-zhoob, by the way.

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Stone Dead: Murder and Myth in 'Medousa'

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"A wry tale which takes in Greek mythology, punk rock and influences of American suspense-drama, this is an effective and curious thriller about myth and obsession.

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