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	Me’Shell Ndegeocello: The Spirit Music Jamia:  Dance of the Infidels

This is a jazz album, essentially, from the most adventurous artist in all of American R&B, but one that strains successfully even against the notoriously wide boundaries of jazz.

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11 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Malcolm Middleton: Into the Woods

Arab Strap's multi-instrumentalist ventures out on his own for the second time, and the results may surprise you. Into the Woods is a penetrating rumination on life, love, and the pursuit of something approaching happiness. It's easily his most mature, sonically adventurous work to date.

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	The Jim Yoshii Pile-Up: Picks Us Apart

You don't have to kill yourself to enjoy this record, but it certainly helps to try.

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	The Jessica Fletchers: Less Sophistication

Sunshine popsters return with another platter of bright and light psychedelic-era pop songs, much to the listener's delight.

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	Brian Eno: Another Day on Earth

While the review copy was difficult to access, the work was rewarding when finally uncovered. This is the timeless future-pop one expects from the rock snob icon.

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	Sally Crewe & the Sudden Moves: Shortly After Take-Off

Prickly summer music for those who like their guitar pop incisive and lean.

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	Cephalic Carnage: Anomalies

Grindcore is rarely this accessible. Or this fun.

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The Secret Garden (1975)

This Secret Garden is so faithful to the novel that it plays as a live-action picture book.

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''Cause you are long in the pants/ short in the weiner, suckin' my muff like a vacuum cleaner/' Awww shit...

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11 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Wanted

Judging from its pilot, TNT's crime drama Wanted thinks you're an idiot.

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11 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Lost in Space: Season 3, Vol. 2

These momentary failures of grammar betray a befuddlement at birth and death, that story of origin and destination without which humanness has little meaning.

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11 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Wrestlemania 21

Wrestlemania 21 is the perfect example of everything that is wrong with the gaming industry.

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How Soccer Explains the World: An (Unlikely) Theory of Globalization by Franklin Foer

The truth is that English football supporters were far from the lethal killing machines Foer would have you believe.

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	Various Artists: Atlantiquity

A good remix is as much about a conceptual revision as rhythmical reinvention, and most of these remixers just don't seem to have any interest in making more than cosmetic alterations to the blueprints.

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	Windsor for the Derby: Giving Up the Ghost

Question: How can a 30-minute CD sound much longer? Answer: Give each song only a verse, play only two chords, forget to boost the vocals in the mix, buy a drum machine from 1987, and stretch each song longer than it was ever meant to stretch.

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	Langhorne Slim: When the Sun’s Gone Down

Folksy boogie ditties that make you think of Jack White at times, Cat Stevens in others, but both living the life of a blues-cum-bluegrass-cum-folk troubadour.

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10 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Kinski: Alpine Static

Northwest instrumental drone/psych-mongers Kinski take another stab at rising above their peers with an album of tight, muscular rock riffs and lulling atmospherics. But ultimately, Alpine Static is a competent effort that covers no new ground.

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	The High Dials: War of the Wakening Phantoms

This is the sound of a psychedelic pop band wrapping itself into a cocoon, changing, hopefully, into something prettier and more distinctive.

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	Eliza Gilkyson: Paradise Hotel

It's her most accomplished and consistent work to-date.

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10 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Vivian Green: Vivian

Vivian Green declares her independence from the men in her life. She's dressed for the occasion in her leopard skin print bikini. It's time to make some money.

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