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In his lifetime a great unknown, Frank Hewitt's last years were given to playing piano at the now defunct venue this label was named for. Taped live, here's a complete 3 a.m. Sunday quintet set including two little-known ace saxophonists.

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6 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Minus 5: The Minus 5

Nobody celebrates life as a screw-up better than the Minus 5’s Scott McCaughey.

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6 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Audio Bullys: Generation

Audio Bullys have made an awkward in-between album.

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Jenny Lewis: Rabbit Fur Coat

Rilo Kiley's Lewis most assuredly found her voice on Rabbit Fur Coat, her exceptionally charming solo debut.

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6 Feb 2006 // 2:00 PM

Watermarks (2004)

Stanton appears to have come to terms with at least some of her bad feelings. 'As I was getting old,' she says, 'I decided that I did not want to die with so much hatred in me.'"

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6 Feb 2006 // 2:00 PM

A State of Mind (2004)

Even without many personal freedoms, the Pak and Kim families find ways to express themselves.

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6 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

It's hard to look at the disease as anything but an allegory for AIDS.

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6 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

In Clowes' hands, the image of a boy peeping through a hole in the wall to leer at a girl in the shower is turned into something sweet and affecting.

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6 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Walkmen

New songs, old haunts, and an end to worry.

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Land of the Lost: The Complete Series

Gerrold understood that sci-fi was more than just weird looking places and strange monsters. It was about story, and characters, and audience identification.

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Eleanor Roosevelt (American Experience)

The documentary illustrates how she galvanized others and made common cause for women's rights and civil rights in particular.

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6 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Good Life by Jay McInerney

Television and history books have claimed the dry facts and the archival images of 11 September, but the perfect tone and human nature of this novel has captured the people, their emotions, and their stories.

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Field Notes: Color of Sunshine

An up and down record that alternately excites and disappoints.

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5 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Thandiswa: Zabalaza

A honeyed solo debut from one of South Africa's well-loved female singers.

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Make a Rising: Rip Through the Hawk Black Night

Madly beautiful, beautifully mad music from this everything-but-the-kitchen-sink Philly collective.

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Lilys: Everything Wrong Is Imaginary

This collection collects the guitar-driven, psychedelic world of Kurt Heasley and spews out one infectious, eclectic ditty after another.

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5 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Mylo: Destroy Rock & Roll

Up-and-coming Brit producer says goodbye country, hello nightclub on an excellent, if overdue, debut album.

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Mississippi Heat: One Eye Open

Blues and Rhythm is alive and well, and anything B.B. King could do on guitar Pierre Lacocque can do on blues harmonica. A great night out you can have at home.

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5 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Mozez: So Still

If you've heard Zero 7, you should have something of an idea what to expect here: soft, languid and impeccably produced trip-hip laid underneath smooth-as-butter soul vocals.

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3 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

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