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The Electric Six: Senor Smoke

With Senor Smoke, the Electric Six establish themselves as serious pop craftsmen on this surprisingly moving -- nah, I'm just messing with you, it's another collection of jokey sleaze rock.

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Benny Hill Complete and Unadulterated - The Hill’s Angels Years, Set Four (1978-1981)

This is a large collection of Benny Hill's TV work, which is only fit for people that never tire of naughty humor.

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2 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Doctor’s Wife by Elizabeth Brundage

It is rare to read a novel concerned with the intersection between two characters who have made life-altering choices: the one by Dr. Knowles to perform abortions, and the other by a religious fanatic to perpetrate violence against him.

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Unknown Chaplin: The Master at Work (1986)

With its brilliantly in-depth and astutely investigated look at Chaplin's work, as well as its incredibly detailed and loving reconstruction of lost footage from nearly every phase of his career, this documentary should have a home in any film lover's collection.

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2 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Something New (2006)

As the film is focused on Kenya's dilemmas, Brian is something of a cipher, the primary force for her transformation without a life beyond her vision.

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Bill Rhoades and the Party Kings: Voodoo Lovin’

A wholly idiomatic, gutsy blues band with roots in the 1960s blues revival, a top-line harmonica player, beautifully supported, and achieving what white kids back then hoped to.

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1 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Dean Gray: American Edit

This album is a bastard child. This is the bad seed that has strayed from its noble parents, the mutt on the street.

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1 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Liars: It Fit When I Was A Kid EP

This Liars EP is a little last minute, but works as a teaser for their full-length Drum's Not Dead.

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Volcano the Bear: Catonapotato

The height of avant-garage sonic exploration captured in its most feral state.

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The Beautiful New Born Children: Hey People!

Dirty, rough, rambunctious rock and roll! Oh this is not for the faint of heart brothers and sisters. Gather around for sonic bliss a la Is This It.

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controller.controller: X-Amounts

All the musical chops in the world don’t mean squat if you don’t have the songs.

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Desert City Soundtrack: Perfect Addiction

On their second-full length, Portland piano-emo trio mature but fail to make a lasting impression.

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1 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Various: Compost 200

Those who might never before have encountered Compost -- or who may have unfairly dismissed their output as yet more cosmopolitan chill-out crap from the continent -- could probably get a great deal of enjoyment from this disc.

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1 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Luna brothers -- Jonathon and Josh -- are as talented at marketing themselves as they are at writing and artist chores.

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1 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lolita Bras

I stood in the back room of New York’s now-infamous Pianos (the club whose monthly residency launched a little act named Clap Your Hands

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1 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

The L Word

Now that The L Word has considered many of the broad topics of the day (with the notable exception of a same-sex wedding or commitment ceremony), it can do its own thing.

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1 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Dermaphoria by Craig Clevenger

If an employee, facing prison time like Eric, decides to betray the organization, then Toe Tag is dispatched to issue a severance package.

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Various: Stubbs the Zombie: The Soundtrack

It doesn't take braaaaains to enjoy the simple pleasures of a solid cover album, even when it's in the dicey realm of indie rockers covering classics.

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31 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

Darondo: Let My People Go

Darondo is more than just a footnote. Even if his recorded output prior to this release was only six tracks, wow, what a six tracks they were!

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Zulya and The Children of The Underground: The Waltz

Zulya's voice is as silvery as ever, but now she has a better band, and racier, more multilayered tunes.

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