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	Wooden Wand & the Vanishing Voice: Buck Dharma

Buck Dharma makes such a point to deconstruct every little bit of itself that it forgets to build anything back up in its place. D'oh. Here's to the idea...

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23 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Twista: The Day After

The Day After is the finest mainstream hip-hop album of the year.

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23 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Metric: Live It Out

On their second album Metric sounds a bit ticked off at the world. Can you blame them?"

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	Múm: Yesterday Was Dramatic - Today is OK

Mùm's debut may be five years old, but it's so alive and adventurous it sounds like it was recorded today, or tomorrow even.

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	Uri Caine & Bedrock: Shelf-Life

Jazz's leading post-modern trickster pulls apart the 1970s -- crime shows, game shows, Blue Note albums, Philly soul -- to give you a strange pastiche that could only have been made today. Fasten you ear-belts and get ready for take-off.

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	Meredith Bragg and the Terminals: Volume 1

It may not be the most challenging record you will hear this year, but it has a kindness and charm that is hard to resist.

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22 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

Stay (2005)

Often evocative, sometimes audacious, and finally undone by an inelegant close, Stay is less interested in story than in impressions.

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22 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

Shopgirl (2005)

For all its seeming delicacy, its view of Mirabelle as perfect, precious object is decidedly limited.

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22 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

North Country (2005)

As the film more or less locks you into Josey's perspective, it appears that even the bleak environment denotes her perpetual exhaustion.

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Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005)

Though Ben is gruff and finds it difficult to cuddle up with his adorable daughter, the movie gives him good (or least movie-like) reason.

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Pop Montréal: Day 2 and 3 Featuring Antony and The Johnsons, CocoRosie, The Forms, and Big Bear

My original plan was an ambitious one, but then a nasty cold front descended. What to do?

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Rip It Up and Start Again: Post-Punk 1978-1984 by Simon Reynolds

Focusing primarily on British and American music between 1978 and 1984, Reynolds emphasizes the idea that the glossed-over post-punk years were not marginal to the history of rock: they actually spawned a range of sounds that were more revolutionary than punk itself and that left a far more significant legacy, laying the foundations for the subsequent emergence of alternative music in all its myriad forms.

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21 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Outsiders: The Complete Novel (1983)

Rarely does a director's cut reflect a vision 'truer' to a source text. But, like most everything else surrounding the picture, The Outsiders: The Complete Novel is quite an anomaly.

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	Various Artists: Hurry Home Early: The Songs of Warren Zevon

A bevy of relatively unknown artists take on the works of Warren Zevon in this collection for Zevon fans who want a tribute album that doesn't include Adam Sandler.

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	Gretchen Wilson: All Jacked Up

Gretchen Wilson is precisely the sort of potentially great performer that country music needs.

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	Silver Jews: Tanglewood Numbers

Drinking beer to review records to drink beer to.

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20 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Joe Strummer: Walker

Strummer's soundtrack for Alex Cox's 1987 Western -- his first solo endeavor after the Clash disbanded -- is reissued for the first time since it went out of print.

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20 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Sacha Perry: Eretik

Classic Bebop piano with an amazing density of piano texture and a passionate commitment... righteous stuff of timeless validity, and the man is real.

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	Mew: And the Glass Handed Kites

Prog rock dynamics with easily digestible pop song lengths might make American rock fans spring for a European import.

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20 Oct 2005 // 11:00 PM

	DJ Koze: Kosi Comes Around

Anyone who feels safe with a solidly circumscribed conception of what a Kompakt artist sounds like should hear Koze, because while there is definitely much of the label's trademark microhouse, there is also so much more than that.

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Double Take: 'The French Connection' (1971)

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"You pick your feet in Poughkeepsie, and we pick The French Connection for Double Take #18.

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