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24 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Darkwatch

You can see what it wants to do and what it wants to be, but when it falls short all you can really do is grimace and say, 'Aw... well at least it tried.'

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The End of the Hamptons: Scenes from the Class Struggle in America’s Paradise by Corey Dolgon

Even (assumedly) well-meaning liberal conservationists and local celebs' valiant acts of working-class empathy and attempts at preserving the area's history can't escape Dolgon's sharp criticism.

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XXX: State of the Union: Special Edition (2005)

D quotes Tupac -- 'Wars come and go, but my soldiers stay eternal' -- and hip-hop saves the nation.

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	Abigail Washburn: Song of the Traveling Daughter

Abigail Washburn proves that bluegrass and bamboo flutes make perfect musical bedmates.

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23 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Bob Sharkey Quartet: Foolish Nightmare

A tuneful and relaxing jazzy folk-rock blend that uses sweet guitar fills to make emotional turmoil-filled songs go down smoothly.

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23 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Woody Shaw: Stepping Stones

Crackling live '70s hard bop from the trumpeter who might have been king.

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23 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Teena Marie: Robbery (Enhanced Version)

After leaving Motown, she was still going strong when she reached Epic. Robbery is made for the dance floor.

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23 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Mahi Mahi: (re)Move Your Body

In spite of the classic techno array of crisp drums, electronic beats, synthesizers, and heavily processed vocals, they play what could only pass for dance music in New England.

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23 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Hiltmeyer, Inc.: Sendling 70

If I press the Mega Bass button on my CD player the tracks become almost totally obscured under the cacophonous low-end rumble.

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	Dexter Gordon: Jazz Moods: ‘Round Midnight

Interesting samples of late Dexter Gordon, but with unrepresentative, plain wrong inclusion of a Round Midnight film soundtrack item without mention that Gordon was there representing the performance of an impaired musician.

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	Broken Spindles: Inside/Absent

So this is what happens when you tour non-stop with the Faint. You step out of the dance party and retreat into the sanctuary of your laptop.

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I walked out of the Anger Management Tour 3 show at Madison Square Garden appreciating Eminem for his, get this, maturity and professionalism -- seriously.

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23 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Girls Next Door

Hugh Hefner is too worried about making himself look good for Girls Next Door to be anything more than business as usual.

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23 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Obscure

Obscure is a noble attempt for a newcomer to the industry.

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The Truman Show: Special Edition (1998)

You want the happy ending and Truman's self-assertion, even if that desire is shaped by those ideologies and ideals marketed by both Truman Shows.

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22 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Warlocks: Surgery

These Los Angeles psych-rockers are so far out there, they've created their own genre: Space-age doo-wop. And it's good, too.

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22 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Waltham: Waltham

Beantown band makes the best of a great situation, wearing its influences proudly while crafting ear candy nuggets a la the Knack and Springfield in the vein of late K-Tel compilations.

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	The Real Tuesday Weld: The Return of the Clerkenwell Kid

Modesty is a virtue, but a surfeit of modesty can grate. Listening to this album sometimes seems an impossibly precious pastime, like Belle & Sebastian with samplers.

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	The Mamas and the Papas: California Dreamin’: The Songs of the Mamas and Papas [DVD]

The band's comet-like rise and fall is a great story, but you won't learn about it here.

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	Patti LaBelle: Classic Moments

Don't let the title full you -- this disc doesn't compile great tracks from LaBelle's past repertoire but features all new recordings of old tunes made popular by others.

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