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	Various Artists: Bargrooves: Cosmopolitan

Believe me, there is such a thing as cheesy house, and for the most part -- despite the packaging -- this is not cheesy house.

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	Thee Shams: Sign the Line

Thee Shams have expanded their sound to include traces of psychedelia, Southern rock, the British invasion, Led Zeppelin, and '70s AM radio.

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	The Slits: Live at the Gibus Club

This live set shows that the Slits, during their initial run, may have been the most explosive and vicious act in the early British punk scene.

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	Dolly Parton: The Essential Dolly Parton

Everyone needs a little Dolly.

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14 Sep 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Jason Mraz: Mr. A-Z

You will like this album if you find its title amusing.

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	James Kolchaka Superstar: Our Most Beloved

The recordings of James Kolchaka are a barometer for your expectations of what music should be.

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	Giant Drag: Hearts and Unicorns

Listening to Giant Drag is nowhere near the colossal downer its name implies, but rather one of many joyful ironies surrounding the band's excellent debut.

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	Natasha Bedingfield: Unwritten

The UK pop star attempts to win over America, and unlike her peers, she just might succeed.

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14 Sep 2005 // 12:00 AM

I'd take Jared Leto's so-called Frozen Embryos over these guys any day. Anybody seen Tino?

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14 Sep 2005 // 12:00 AM

Rome

Lest one fear the consequences of amoral political realism get a watered-down treatment, Rome proves steadfast -- eager, even -- in its refusal to skimp on detail.

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14 Sep 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Oprah Winfrey Show

When disaster strikes, as it surely will again, CNN will tell me the projected financial costs and death toll, but Oprah will tell me the human costs.

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14 Sep 2005 // 12:00 AM

It’s Different for Girls by Jo Brand

Two middle-aged, former hell-raisers from similar English seaside towns are making fascinating waves in alternative chick-lit.

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Witness: Special Collector’s Edition (1985)

Bemused at times, Detective John Book is nonetheless captivated by the Amish community's simplicity, its decency, and its ability to thrive despite its antiquities.

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	Various Artists: Putumayo Presents Italian Café

Well, they do have Starbucks in Italy. This collection of quaint Italian music is exactly what you'd expect from Putumayo.

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13 Sep 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Susumu Yokota: Symbol

At its best, Symbol seamlessly combines samples drawn from throughout the history of western music into compositions that carry their own distinct identity.

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	Laura Veirs: Year of Meteors

Nature's elfin balladeer returns with a clutch of songs for couples, adding scorch marks of passion to the (c)old black lines on the backs of her gentle hands.

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	Koufax: Hard Times Are in Fashion

They, too, don't wanna be to be American idiots.

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	Jack’s Mannequin: Everything in Transit

Something Corporate's lead singer softens the band's already pretty soft edge and creates the first adult contemporary CD with a parental advisory sticker.

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Green Day: The History of Green Day: Suburbia Bomb [DVD]

It's a DVD for those who enjoy interviews of people who knew Green Day in retrospect, but lacks in any actual show of music.

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	The Frank & Joe Show: 66 2/3

If you are looking for something sweet to lift your spirits, The Frank and Joe Show will show you a good time.

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