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The Bird and the Bee: The Bird and the Bee

One of these songs might be your next "Fidelity" or "True Affection" -- here comes the Bird and the Bee.

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7 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Giddy Motors: Do Easy

Middle of the road hard rock has its ups and downs, but its share of fun along the way.

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7 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Burial: Burial

Not just for British underground dance enthusiasts, Burial's album brings dubstep to a wider audience using the tried and true combination of melancholy and nostalgia -- and that bass.

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7 Jan 2007 // 8:59 PM

The Strangers in the House by Georges Simenon

Simenon is best known, at least in the Anglophone world, for his Inspector Maigret mysteries, but The Strangers in the House is not really a crime novel.

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5 Jan 2007 // 2:30 AM

Children of Men (2007)

Even with so much attention paid to her body and to her child, Kee's story is secondary to Theo's, as his loss of hope must be undone and his past redressed.

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5 Jan 2007 // 2:30 AM

Freedom Writers (2007)

Corny and contrived, Freedom Writers also argues for listening to teenagers. That alone makes it strange and even a little wonderful.

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Codename: The Cleaner (2007)

Ostensibly, Codename tells the story of a man who finds himself.

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Boduf Songs: Lion Devours the Sun

In the follow-up to last year's highly regarded EP, home recorder Mat Sweet crafts minimalist acoustic reveries of whispered menace and unsettling grace.

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4 Jan 2007 // 9:01 PM

Alternadad by Neal Pollack

What happens when hipsters have kids? More importantly, what happens when formerly funny hipsters have kids?

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Julie Loyd: All That You Ask For

Although there is an aspect of dorm room naiveté to her lyrics, there are moments of honesty that are both genuine and revealing.

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The L Word: The Complete Third Season

Season Three's biggest storylines were also the most controversial among fans: Dana's death from breast cancer; and the introduction of a transgender character.

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4 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Fantasia: Fantasia

Fantasia has a voice capable of moving boulders, and even when she's singing sweet, you can feel the "church" pouring out of her.

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4 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Monopoly by Philip E. Orbanes

Orbanes' passion for the game and devotion to its legendary status shines forth from every word and every page.

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4 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Absolute Sandman

Without it, there would be no Vertigo today, and perhaps none of the titles that have risen to prominence out of that publishing line.

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Doc & Merle Watson: Black Mountain Rag

Any reissue that recalls the telepathy of this father/son combination is monumentally worthwhile.

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4 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Various Artists: Paz e Futebol

Upon seeing the cover of the new compilation CD by Jazzanova, Paz e Futebol, listeners might assume that the album is just a ploy to

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Tupac Shakur: Tupac: The Complete Live Performances [DVD]

To enjoy this package, you must either (a) love live rap, (b) love Tupac Shakur, or (c) love Snoop Dogg and the Dogg Pound. You cannot choose "(d) none of the above".

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Ron Sexsmith: Time Being

Ron Sexsmith is the songwriter everyone envies, but nobody wants to be. Time Being offers a perfect explanation.

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4 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Switchfoot: Oh! Gravity.

Switchfoot's Johnathan Foreman is a wise observer, even if you don’t buy into his faith.

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Mission of Burma: Not a Photograph [DVD]

This film is, at best, a primer for those who aren’t yet but desperately need to be familiar with Mission of Burma.

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