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Various Artists: Hefty 10 Digest

Running the gamut from IDM to alt-hip-hop with strong roots in both the progressive soul and free jazz sounds, Hefty arrives at an approachable middle ground between wonky noise and shiny pop -- a rather pleasant juxtaposition.

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12 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Chris Murphy: Elbow Room

Aussie musician seems to take Crowded House's debut album to heart with consistently well-crafted, harmony-heavy pop jewels.

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Art Lillard’s Heavenly Band: Reasons to Be Thankful

Thought the material is not quite up to the hype of the liner notes, there's certainly some accomplished playing here, but oh, for some intensity!

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11 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Nada Surf + Rogue Wave + Inara George

It may have been Oscar night in Hollywood, but to these emo-fied teens, the night belonged to Nada Surf and their companions.

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11 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Patton Oswalt: No Reason to Complain

Patton Oswalt's audience exemplifies the politically opinionated but ultimately unmotivated young Left, who turned out to the polls in 2004 with the same low figures as they did in 2000.

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11 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Protocols of Zion

No matter where the film turns, people are confronting, confirming, or complicating their worst fears.

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The Mary Tyler Moore Show: The Complete Third Season

Mary Richards, as essayed by the incomparable Mary Tyler Moore, would evolve over the span of the series, but at her core, she was always the wise, wonderful gal pal, the sounding board off of which those around her bounced their good natured notions.

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11 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

Rocketboom

In many ways, TiVo is a particularly apt platform for a show like Rocketboom.

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PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives by Frank Warren

Cards bearing messages like 'I love to pee when I'm swimming' could be deceptive emotions, the Internet equivalent of an anonymous prank call.

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11 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Mecca Normal: The Observer

An eclectic piece of work that is vivid with lyrical imagery while relying on a style that brings to mind Lou Reed's New York landmark

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Ugly Duckling: Bang for the Buck

All of the songs are perfectly enjoyable on their own, but taken as a whole they blend together and become a wonderful funk mood piece. If smiles were music, they might sound a lot like this album. Mischievous, silly, happy smiles.

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Jason Miles: Whats Going On: Songs of Marvin Gaye

Desecration of a music legend begins here.

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11 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Rah Bras: WHOHM

Rah Bras will eat you alive, digest you, regurgitate you, and then maybe eat you again, like cows, except greener and with alien antennae.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Music of Tanzania

It's an entire music store in a single album. Or something like that.

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11 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

T.I.: King

It's pretty early in 2006 to talk about albums of the year -- but this record says it's time to start.

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Christopher O’Riley: Home to Oblivion: An Elliott Smith Tribute

There's more intensity than obvious variety, and a remarkable unity became manifest when I just started the CD playing and let it play through. Then the whole recital revealed itself as manifestly something massive, and the lack of superficial variety a development of consistency.

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Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos: The Dust of Retreat

With a relatively meteoric rise, chamber-pop band Margot and the Nuclear So and So's are fast becoming one of those mythical indie rock basement-to-penthouse success stories. And it's all so well deserved.

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10 Apr 2006 // 4:00 PM

Empires: Great Religions

The PBS series also chronicles an evolution of thought. Most theological breakthroughs came as responses to tyranny, literal and cultural.

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10 Apr 2006 // 4:00 PM

Dave Attell’s Insomniac Tour Presents: Sean Rouse, Greg Giraldo and Dane Cook

Sean Rouse's jokes hit on themes the others will echo: drinking is fun; crystal meth is fun to joke about; masturbation is always on a man's mind; the existence of God is doubtful.

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The Bob Newhart Show: The Complete Third Season

It might be properly said that Newhart -- in his quiet, insecure manner -- represents something of a shrugging mode of subversion.

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