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Heaven 17: Penthouse and Pavement

Rather than comparing them to the Human League or similar synthpop conglomerates, it seems far more appropriate to consider Heaven 17 as an unlikely companion to Gang of Four.

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30 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Empires: Napoleon

This is a thorough yet standard PBS documentary, an excellent primer and learning tool.

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DJ Spinna: Intergalactic Soul

DJ Spinna's Intergalactic Soul opens: "From solar system to solar system / ready to blast off again." If you think you've rocked the earth to its utmost, what is the next frontier? Space, of course.

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30 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Matt & Kim: Matt & Kim

Isn't this what punk was originally all about? Stripping music back to an entry-level formula where anyone could hop on stage, bang out vital, messy songs, and have fun?

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30 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

The Seduction (1981)

The Seduction hauls its tired story from opening sequence to conclusion in the manner of the diabolical Derek dragging an adversary’s bloody corpse from Jacuzzi to grave.

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Inside The Actors Studio - Icons

Tuning in to see stars at their most bat-shit loony is one of the most pure forms of contemporary American entertainment, so there is a grain of merit to be found in each episode.

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David Grisman and Andy Statman: New Shabbos Waltz

This is Chasidic music that's meant to evoke the mystical spiritualism of the human connections to God.

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30 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

All India Radio: Each Other

The music possesses a brittle, crystal clarity that evokes being alone on deserts of sand or a distant planet with an oxygen free atmosphere.

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Doleful Lions: Song Cyclops Volume Two

The sequel is usually never as good as the original. But Jonathan Scott hasn't really done anything that seems usual. The result is a very good collection of "throwaway" songs few would consider anything less than great.

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30 Nov 2006 // 3:30 AM

Iraq in Fragments (2006)

A meditation on chaos and coping, the documentary keeps its focus intently on Iraqis.

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Team Doyobi: The Kphanapic Fragments

Team Doyobi occupies a space of the experimental electronic spectrum somewhere between the eight-bit screech of Dat Politic (with whom they’ve appeared on old

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Various Artists: Trampled: The Elefant Traks Remix Album

Despite some highlights, the mix never really takes off

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29 Nov 2006 // 9:01 PM

Scanners: Violence Is Golden

An intense, beautifully dark rock album that evokes the Pretenders and PJ Harvey.

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The Horrors: The Horrors EP

Release the bats! This debut EP by UK "band of the moment" is full of style over substance garage-rock, watered down, cartoon darkness -- and not a lot else.

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Black Label Society: Shot to Hell

"Does anyone have any jumper cables?"

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29 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette by Sena Jeter Naslund

Marie Antoinette started out as what we today would call dumb as a stump.

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29 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Califone

Califone's music has the feel of whiskey soaked nights with no romance, and the dry caress of dust and dementia.

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The Exquisite by Laird Hunt

Does one narrative take place before the other, or are they happening at the same time? The game is afoot."

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Isis: In the Absence of Truth

Even though Isis's musical progression is cautious at best, the band is still miles ahead of its peers.

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