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James Kochalka Superstar: Spread Your Evil Wings and Fly

So, uh, what exactly is "chooglin'," anyway?

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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Live in 58 [DVD]

This entry in the outstanding new Jazz Icons series is a real treasure, catching one of the best Messengers lineups in peak form.

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23 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Cut Copy: Fabriclive.29

Solid mix for the Fabriclive series fuses the latest in hard-edged electro with unabashed '80s throwbacks, and a few surprises from the vault.

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Riley Baugus: Long Steel Rail

A traditional music fan will appreciate Baugus' interpretations; but if you are new to this genre, you'd best find another introduction.

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The Roger Kellaway Trio: Heroes

The piano-guitar-bass trio format has a long, noble history in jazz, but exponents should beware of imitating.

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23 Oct 2006 // 1:00 AM

Fun and bouncy, it's great if punchy humor is to your tastes, but otherwise will seem overwhelmingly cutesy.

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23 Oct 2006 // 1:00 AM

Slow, soulful and somewhat bittersweet, Ryan Scott’s first effort is the lovable title track that sounds a bit like The Twilight Singers, John Mayer

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22 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Project Runway

An appropriate alternative title for this season of Project Runway might be Project Run Amok.

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Astronautalis continues to keep one foot in hip-hop and one in indie, as he searches for meaning in an alien world.

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22 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Darkel: Darkel

First solo release from one half of French electro merchants Air suggests he should stick to instrumentals or let someone else take over vocal duties.

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My Name is Earl: The Complete First Season

At the end of "Joy's Wedding," Earl lets loose to Young MC's "Bust a Move" his eyes brightening and his mouth melting into a blissful grin. It's a sublimely goofy moment.

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Lou Reed: Coney Island Baby

On this tuneful 1976 gem, the streetwise, gender-bending rebel revealed that all he really wanted was to "play football for the coach".

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Exile on Main St by Robert Greenfield

All this righteous posturing distracts from the narrative itself, distorting its no-bullshit prose into downright surliness.

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22 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Who: Endless Wire

The Who are still very good and just as relevant as ever.

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22 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Epileptic

A touching story that is far more genuine and enjoyable than most "flashy" comics or graphic novels out there.

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Robin Thicke: The Evolution of Robin Thicke

Thicke gets a new name, adopts a new sound, and uses what's already known to craft an enjoyable second album.

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22 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Colour Revolt: Colour Revolt EP

Colour Revolt, a new band out of Oxford, Mississippi, get a re-release of their debut EP through Tiny Evil after a limited release at the

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22 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Heartstopper (2006)

The most interesting thing about Heartstopper is viewers will feel compelled to identify the dozens of films it references.

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Roy Haynes and the Fountain of Youth Band: Whereas

Modern bop, live in Minnesota! Yup -- and it's great.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to West African Gold

For someone who wants to hear a good sampler that includes enough of the essentials to keep a newcomer informed, but doesn't retread tunes that will bore old-timers, The Rough Guide to West African Gold hits the nail on the head.

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