Reviews
	Billy Joe Shaver: The Real Deal

Having survived unthinkable loss and near death, Billy Joe Shaver sounds wise, confident, and doggedly upbeat -- even when he's singing a heartbreaking tune. Who else could title his album The Real Deal?"

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	Shukar Collective: Urban Gypsy

I know it sounds strange, but bear with me on this one.

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20 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Opeth: Ghost Reveries

If you're going to buy one metal album this year, make it this one. If you're a metal fan, what are you waiting for?"

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	Melodium: La Tête Qui Flotte

This is a veritable feast of fragile, intricate melodic composition -- the effect is startling, sparse and ethereal.

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	The Knitters: The Modern Sounds of the Knitters

Legendary punk band X's alt-country-lovin' alter egos take 20 years to release their sophomore disc; memo to band: keep your day jobs.

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20 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Horace X: Strategy

On Strategy, Horace X combines serious musical chops with near-unmatched energy, all while doing away with the evidently outdated concept of 'genre'.

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20 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Nace's style may alienate average comic book readers, even the more sophisticated ones.

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20 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Supernatural

Supernatural is also a modern-day cowboy story: nomadic young men with nothing but their weaponry, transportation, and grit, obeying no law but their own.

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20 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

My Name Is Earl

What's so wonderful about My Name Is Earl is that it's a comedy with its heart in the right place and everything else gleefully in the gutter.

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Monty Python’s Flying Circus - Eric Idle’s Personal Best

Monty Python pioneered the stream-of-consciousness comedy style, which meant every show was like a conversation that flowed from a start to an end.

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20 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Breaking Bonaduce

What is startling, is how every single bad decision, personal fuck-up, and human flaw is written on Bonaduce's raw face.

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20 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Tyrant by Valerio Massimo Manfredi

In Tyrant, the pulleys and winches of Manfredi's fictional techniques are embarrassingly visible right from the start.

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19 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Brandon Schott: Release

Singer/songwriter Schott's debut album shows great promise with a number of mellow soft-rock gems.

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	Our Lady Peace: Healthy in Paranoid Times

The lyrics are good. The melodies are decent. The problem is, the two can't manage to work together long enough to result in something compelling.

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	Leo Kottke / Mike Gordon: Sixty Six Steps

Guitar legends Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon have invented a new genre -- calypso-folk. And it rocks.

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19 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Gabin: Mr. Freedom

This is merely the finest in modern retro-lounge funk, and when you consider the slightly shopworn state of the genre, enthusiasm can make up for a myriad of sins.

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The Fall: Hex Enduction Hour: Expanded Deluxe Edition

The lavish reissue of the seminal 1982 album by The Fall sounds just as potent today, or perhaps even more so.

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	Curumin: Achados e Perdidos

Get lost. Then find yourself with a Brazilian wunderkind.

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	A.R.E. Weapons: Free in the Streets

At some point the high concept gave way to the concept of simply getting high.

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	The American Analog Set: Set Free

One of the quietest bands in the world (sporting a drummer) prove that you can record some excellent songs without a Marshall stack (most of the time).

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

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"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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