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Turn Off the Stars: Turn Off the Stars

Thank you for existing, Turn Off the Stars.  In a wash of generic watered-down Keane and Coldplay knockoffs (which themselves were watered-down Radiohead knockoffs),

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20 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Andre Ethier: secondathallam

Former Deadly Snakes front man trades in bar brawling for barstool lament on love.

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Kids in the Hall - Complete Season 5

The general, surreal nature of most Kids in the Hall work keeps the show feeling fresh and edgy more than a decade after the episodes originally aired.

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The Doors by The Doors by The Doors, with Ben Fong-Torres

Death has been very good to Jim Morrison, but it's been even better for those who continue to profit from his fleeting but fruitful body of his work. Not to mention his body. With that in mind, the following words will be eschewed for the duration of this discussion: Shaman, Dionysus, Rimbaud, God, Satan, and Witchcraft.

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20 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Taylor Hicks: Taylor Hicks

While none of this fits on pop radio circa 2006, this stuff would have sounded perfect in between "Higher Love" and "Sweet Freedom" back in 1986.

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Americas Funniest Home Videos

America’s Funniest Home Videos capture America’s real life Homer Simpson moments, but it's best taken in small doses.

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Young Jeezy: The Inspiration

If Jeezy is anything, he's consistent.

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Various Artists: Jukebox Buddha

The common thread of the Buddha Machine is simply not enough to provide the sense of purpose necessary for an effective ambient release.

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Oliver Nelson: Screamin’ the Blues

This seminal Oliver Nelson session often sounds like a conversation amongst the cutting edge, celebrating the past whilst pointing toward the future.

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David Bowie: David Bowie: Under Review 1976 - 1979: The Berlin Trilogy [DVD]

Unless you're already a huge fan, it would be hard to justify laying out the cash for the hit-and-miss budget documentary Under Review 1976 - 1979: The Berlin Trilogy.

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John Gorka: Writing in the Margins

A folk troubadour from New Jersey!

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Teitur: Stay Under the Stars

Not straying far from his impressive debut, Teitur continues writing thoughtful, at times somber, songs that tug at your heart. Hell, even "Great Balls of Fire" sounds like a psalm here.

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J.P. Shilo: As Happy As Sad Is Blue

Shilo has captured the rather fine line between tension and tedium.

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20 Dec 2006 // 8:59 PM

The Trouble with Physics by Lee Smolin

The rise of string theory began a period filled with tantalizing near-miss formulations that continues until today.

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20 Dec 2006 // 1:30 AM

Rocky Balboa (2006)

Rocky Balboa traces its own kind of full circle, linking art and populism, politics and dreams.

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Rick Brockner: Black Mountain Brew

Cheesiness of the marketing aside, Rick Brockner’s Black Mountain Brew is a soothing, enjoyable, if not revolutionary acoustic folk record.

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Steve Almaas and Ali Smith: You Showed Me

Americana and pop from post-Cracker laureatte and his winsome partner.

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19 Dec 2006 // 9:01 PM

Seht: The Green Morning

The Green Morning is about empty space, barren metallic wastelands, and post-nuclear landscapes.

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19 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

The Brian Jonestown Massacre

When Anton Newcombe picked on his band members relentlessly, they rose to his challenges. But what's up now that he's "Free and Easy?"

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19 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon

If The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, with its equations, charts and diagrams, revels in pushing the ways in which a novel’s boundaries can stretch, then A Spot of Bother’s charm lies in the generosity in which it fills a novel’s traditional boundaries.

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