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	Dexter Gordon: Jazz Moods: ‘Round Midnight

Interesting samples of late Dexter Gordon, but with unrepresentative, plain wrong inclusion of a Round Midnight film soundtrack item without mention that Gordon was there representing the performance of an impaired musician.

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	Broken Spindles: Inside/Absent

So this is what happens when you tour non-stop with the Faint. You step out of the dance party and retreat into the sanctuary of your laptop.

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I walked out of the Anger Management Tour 3 show at Madison Square Garden appreciating Eminem for his, get this, maturity and professionalism -- seriously.

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23 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Girls Next Door

Hugh Hefner is too worried about making himself look good for Girls Next Door to be anything more than business as usual.

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23 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Obscure

Obscure is a noble attempt for a newcomer to the industry.

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The Truman Show: Special Edition (1998)

You want the happy ending and Truman's self-assertion, even if that desire is shaped by those ideologies and ideals marketed by both Truman Shows.

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22 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Warlocks: Surgery

These Los Angeles psych-rockers are so far out there, they've created their own genre: Space-age doo-wop. And it's good, too.

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22 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Waltham: Waltham

Beantown band makes the best of a great situation, wearing its influences proudly while crafting ear candy nuggets a la the Knack and Springfield in the vein of late K-Tel compilations.

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	The Real Tuesday Weld: The Return of the Clerkenwell Kid

Modesty is a virtue, but a surfeit of modesty can grate. Listening to this album sometimes seems an impossibly precious pastime, like Belle & Sebastian with samplers.

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	The Mamas and the Papas: California Dreamin’: The Songs of the Mamas and Papas [DVD]

The band's comet-like rise and fall is a great story, but you won't learn about it here.

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	Patti LaBelle: Classic Moments

Don't let the title full you -- this disc doesn't compile great tracks from LaBelle's past repertoire but features all new recordings of old tunes made popular by others.

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	Def Leppard: Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection

A collection of rock tracks so slick and depthless they epitomize the plastic fantastic emotionalism of mega-producer Mutt Lange.

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	Alice Cooper: Dirty Diamonds

The shock rock legend has released his best album in 16 years, and perhaps longer.

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22 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Churchills: The Odds of Winning

The Churchills add two new members for a triumphant return to hard-hitting indie rock that's a little less pop, a little more emo, a lot darker lyrically, yet catchy and potentially commercial as ever.

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	Billy Butterfield with Andy Bartha: Take Me to the Land of Jazz

The trumpet-cornet Butterfield-Bartha lead is a direct descendant of the two-cornet lead pioneered by King Oliver with very young Louis Armstrong.

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22 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Resplendent in his blue and orange 'Illinoisemakers' cheerleading outfit, Sufjan found it hard to summon the spirit for one of his many cheers. It was hard to blame him...

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22 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Gene Simmons’ Rock School

Gene Simmons' Rock School is a funny and fresh take on an old idea (think: To Sir, With Love starring Satan).

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Belle and Sebastian: Just a Modern Rock Story by Paul Whitelaw

With the intimacy of a true fan and the validity of a music critic, he weaves the fascinating story behind its release and the band's response to their newfound critical acclaim, including the only known correspondence between Murdoch and Morrissey, doppelgangers as they may be.

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22 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Red Tent (1971)

The 1971 Sean Connery film recounts the true story of an ill-fated 1928 expedition to the North Pole. In a dirigible.

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22 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

A Lot Like Love (2005)

The Ashton Kutcher vehicle tries to make use of its stars' appeals, structuring a regular romantic comedy out of charmingly imperfect, well-performed moments.

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