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	Various Artists: Swing Around the World

Burdened only with excruciatingly uninformed notes, this mishmash represents what the label's proprietor calls 'swing': pop that used to be called novelty, commonly with singing and swinging, jazz or cajun or South African vocal group -- you can't imagine!"

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12 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Gene Watson: Then & Now

Acclaimed country singer returns by dusting off gems with a style and grace worthy of comparisons to Nelson, Jennings, Haggard and Parton.

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	Dave Seaman: Audio Therapy Presents Across Borders: Greece

This is a collection of fine, very British progressive house that happens to come from Greece.

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	Stellastarr*: Harmonies for the Haunted

If good artists borrow and great artists steal, then Stellastarr* need to pull on the ski masks, conceal the handguns, and park the getaway car nearby. Libraries are for hacks.

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	Princess Superstar: My Machine

Futuristic deconstruction was never so much fun!"

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	Kevyn Lettau: Bye-Bye Blackbird

With a voice like hers, it's impossible to begrudge any eccentricities -- Lettau is an effortless exemplar of an enviously timeless aesthetic.

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	The Jan Martens Frustration: The Jan Martens Frustration

Another Swedish garage sale. A collection of vintage instruments, used up riffs, and an overbearing antique dealer.

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12 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Pieta Brown: In the Cool

It's hard to resist the temptation to compare Pieta Brown with the greatest of the best. Unfortunately and inevitably, In the Cool doesn't quite live up to the comparison.

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12 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Davis, Kramer, and Thompson succeed where many groups on nostalgia tours fail, by paying homage to the beauty of what was while offering the majesty of what is.

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12 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Titus: Seasons 1 & 2

It avoids usual sitcom setups and sappy wrap-ups, instead considering the effects of what Titus calls 'hard, old school' parenting on young Christopher (Titus).

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12 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Six Feet Under

Six Feet Under's lack of delicacy is easy to mistake for exploitation. Where other shows hint, this one acts out.

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12 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Prison Break

The good and bad guys in Prison Break might cry, fight, screw, and bleed, but they still look like cardboard to me.

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A Woman in Berlin: Six Weeks in the Conquered City by Anonymous, translated by Philip Boehm

Besides documenting the relentless terror and humiliation she and other German women endured, the diary offers a unique window on the German psyche as it comes to terms with Third Reich's wholesale collapse.

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Devendra Banhart: Cripple Crow

Exceeding expectations, Devendra outdoes himself and most of his generation.

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11 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

The problem is the songs. They're just not very good.

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11 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Lee Ritenour: Overtime

A college seminar in compromise, this kind-of live career retrospective from 'Captain Fingers' spans styles and degrees of taste.

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11 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Pages: Creatures of the Earth EP

The Pages have the same energy and, more importantly, the same sound as the early days of Beatlemania.

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11 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Portastatic: Bright Ideas

Besides being a friendlier sonic cousin of Indoor Living, Bright Ideas is not unlike Speak Kindly of Your Volunteer Fire Department, Robert Pollard's 1999 solo album, in that it plays to an indie elder statesman's strengths and may get core fans all frenzied again.

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	The Kennedys: Half a Million Miles

Gentle, strummy folk rock with shout-outs to Emerson, Kerouac, and Buddha. As Buddha might say, 'rub my belly'. Then Emerson: 'Um...', and Kerouac: 'Sure!'"

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	The English Beat: In Concert at the Royal Festival Hall [DVD]

Although usually lumped in with the ska revival bands, the English Beat's exhilarating blend of pop hooks, reggae rhythms, jazzy sax breaks, and punky attitude is difficult enough to categorize that they wouldn't stand a chance on today's genre-driven radio or MTV.

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