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3 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Dirty Three

are a working band and can't survive by just playing for an audience of one.

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Monty Python’s Flying Circus: 16 Ton Megaset Collection

In the heavenly hierarchy of humor, Monty Python's Flying Circus is God. Its four-year run on the BBC resulted in 45 stellar examples of superior sketch comedy.

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The Crusades: Crescent & The Cross

When a battle reaches its peak, this documentary's melange of visual and aural resources -- scholarly commentary, digital animation-assisted recreations, maps, and a commentator illustrating the movements at present ruins -- reaches a fever pitch.

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The Knife Man: The Extraordinary Life and Times of John Hunter, Father of Modern Surgery by Wendy Mo

Ms. Moore, whose prose is populist rather than matching any scholar's norm, wisely opens the book with demonstration of John's humanitarian concern.

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2 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Various Artists: Total 6

Considering the startling degree to which electronic music has been dominated by the idea of fashion, the success of a business model built on quality music, on critical acclaim and word-of-mouth, is simply a dream come true.

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2 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Unsane: Blood Run

A welcome throwback to a time when rock 'n' roll was truly ugly and dangerous.

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	Marty Stuart: Badlands: Ballads of the Lakota

Badlands has Marty Stuart truly cooking on all cylinders. He is the most important talent in country music this year.

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	Scratch Perverts: Fabric Live 22

A mix 'n' scratch tour through the demented minds of a world-class DMC crew. Their cup of tea is rude and jet black.

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	Showroom: The World Is Too Much With Us

Showroom make catchy pop songs that are also insightful and charming. Finally, a frontman whose wit is as sharp as the crease in his trousers.

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	Living Things: Ahead of the Lions

Fraternal hard rock trio from St. Louis finally sees its ferocious, politically charged full-length debut released, one year after being lost amongst major label mergers.

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	Kurupt: Against Tha Grain

This just in: the Titanic sank and 2Pac died. Why can't modern hip-hop... ahem... get off his dick, stop robbing his grave, and let him rest in peace?"

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	Robert Glasper: Canvas

This second issue by a very highly talented young pianist seems to have been let down at the planning stage. He deserves better.

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2 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Ris Paul Ric

Since D.C. powerhouse Q and Not U parted ways, singer Chris Richards has been working his way across America, playing small venues and -- in some cases -- record stores...

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Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats

I realize this is all meant to be hilarious, but the cat is essentially terrorizing his friends and neighbors.

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Illicit: How Smugglers, Traffickers, and Copycats Are Hijacking the Global Economy by Moisés Na

The book offers several cases where economic necessity has blurred the line between legal and illegal activity in many parts of the world.

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	Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Bottleneck Blues

Slip sliding away... A look back at bottleneck blues' power and passion.

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1 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Venetian Snares: Meathole

Far from being a wall of impenetrable noise, Meathole is an intricate, aggressive and sometimes harrowing journey into the heart of distortion and distorted soul.

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	Mark O’Connor & Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg: Double Violin Concerto

The bluegrass fiddler turned Americana-Classical composer tackles jazz in his third symphonic concerto.

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1 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Lawless Element: Soundvision: In Stereo

What's that you say, the golden age of hip-hop is over? Maybe, but Detroit's Lawless Element revives it with middling success.

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	Harvey Danger: Little by Little

The band that gave us a ubiquitous late '90s hit (which we shall not name) returns with a piano heavy album of clever, literate pop songs.

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