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	The Small Faces: Under Review [DVD]

There's a big story behind these Small Faces.

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27 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

This is the main crux of Pekar, at least as he depicts himself -- he's pissed because people don't recognize his talents, but he doesn't seem to believe he's that talented at anything.

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27 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Medeski Martin & Wood

Weed-chaser or straight-lacer, these boys remain a group that Phish-heads and hardcore jazz fans agree on -- a crew as crowd-pleasing as they are experimental.

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27 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Why We Fight (2006)

Eugene Jarecki's new documentary poses its title as a question.

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The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)

The Spirit of the Beehive is about a child overcoming wonder.

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27 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Flightplan (2005)

The contrast between Kyle's multiple layers of loss and the flurry of life that goes on without her is briefly compelling.

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27 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Bubble (2005)

Less experimental than contrary, Steven Soderbergh's Bubble offers up a series of sacrificial objects, with remarkably little sympathy for any of them.

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27 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Annapolis (2006)

Annapolis is straight-up male melodrama.

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Konono No. 1: Congotronics

Their music accepts the distortion, overtones, and surprising sonorities of contemporary life, but re-imagines instrumental power from the trash heap of modernity.

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Eternia: It’s Called Life

Aware of the usual traps for women in hip-hop, Eternia tries to step back and play the game on her terms.

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Belle & Sebastian: The Life Pursuit

Seventh studio album from Scottish septet includes more adventures in image-altering, twee-free pop.

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26 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Elected: Sun, Sun, Sun

Here we are, inside The Elected's idyllic world, where the song is the thing and the natural wonders of America are the backdrop.

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26 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

Lori Burton: Breakout

They don't make records like the Whyte Boots' "Nightmare" anymore.

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Monk’s Music Trio: Monk’s Bones

MMT delivers another solid batch of Monk's music, this time aided and abetted by the trombones of Max Perkoff and Roswell Rudd.

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Simple Minds: Black & White 050505

Cynics beware: this is not a band cashing in and checking out, or a band trying to recapture any past cultural significance; it's a band that still has something to say and a beautiful way of saying it.

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Various: Sand & Steel: The Classic Sound of Jamaican Steel Drums

Two hours of the steel drum? Yes, but be careful not to indulge both discs at one sitting. A fine introduction to this often underappreciated instrument.

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26 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Viva La Bam: Seasons 4 and 5

Of everything to come out of the Jackass realm of reality programming, the Margeras were the sole masterpiece.

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26 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Monk

Now entering its fourth season, Monk finds itself in a precarious position.

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The Dirtbombs: If You Don’t Already Have a Look

Like the tiger doesn’t belong in that cage, the Dirtbombs don’t belong underground.

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The Green Pajamas: 21st Century Séance

Watch out, Bono. While you've been busy in Africa, This Seattle band has been stealing your moody pop.

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