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	Carolyn Mark: Just Married: An Album of Duets

Vancouver, British Columbia singer duets with 14 of her friends on what is sort of an indie answer to Sinatra's 1993 Duets album. But without all the massive ego clashes. (No Kenny G either.).

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	Ahmad Jamal: After Fajr

An extremely lively veteran, piano virtuoso boss of a three-man symphony orchestra, only the years have given Jamal some headway as an American institution much less regarded in Europe.

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	I Self Divine: Self Destruction

I Self Divine spits consciousness, updates the state of race relations, and documents life from the Minneapolis perspective.

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	Groundtruther (Bobby Previte and Charlie Hunter with DJ Logic): Longitude

This jazz-jam venture in rhythm and texture could be the soundtrack to a David Cronenberg film. Alas, it is not.

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24 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Des Ark: Loose Lips Sink Ships

Yet another indie record that could have benefited from a little bit more spit and shine.

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	Collective Soul: From the Ground Up

Collective Soul returns yet again with an acoustic set of tunes that are dusted off and basically de-amped with pretty good results.

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24 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Natacha Atlas: Transglobal Underground [DVD]

She's your private belly dancer and singer who knows what love has got to do with it.

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22 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

questioned the audience: 'Anybody remember Nirvana?' No, but I remember Sinatra...

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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Indecision 2004 (2004): Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, Steve Carell, St

While Stewart makes no bones about his own preferences, Republicans, Democrats, and reporters all come in for the same rowdy treatment.

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Advent Rising

A potentially epic space opera is set in motion when Gideon learns some very Jedi-esque abilities.

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Bad Girls: The Complete First Season

Bad Girls makes the battle-scarred ladies of Lark Hall into minor heroines.

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22 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Rough Guide to Elvis by Paul Simpson

Simpson gives more evidence of Elvis's curious mind by listing selections from Graceland's library: Classics like Melville's Moby Dick, and St. Augustine's City of God, could be found alongside religious hokum like The Scientific Search for Jesus' Face.

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Plethora (2005) - PopMatters Film Review
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It's billed as 'a documentary about stuff', but it's really about self-identity and interpersonal relationships, and how our personal belongings serve as extensions of our selves.

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22 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

A Decent Factory (2005) - PopMatters Film Review
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The documentary about cell phone company Nokia assumes its 'revelations' will dovetail with our preconceived notions.

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	Chris Whitley: Soft Dangerous Shores

Latest studio album from should-be legendary singer-guitarist is an amalgam of genres ruled by heat and passion. One of the year's most unexpected surprises.

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	Prefuse 73: Surrounded by Silence

Prefuse 73 loses the magical touch, filling out this album's incoherent and gaping holes with guest appearances.

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	Oxford Collapse: A Good Ground

Starting off badly but correcting itself quickly makes Oxford Collapse's new album a great leap from last go-round.

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	Lali Puna: I Thought I Was Over That

A pick'n'mix B-sides compilation that's more miss than hit, best in small rocking doses but served in a sprawled daze. Essentially non-essential.

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	Sara Lazarus: Give Me the Simple Life

American ex-pat jazz singer releases her first disc since winning the Monk award a decade ago.

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21 Jul 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Waldemar Bastos: Renascence

Angolan music is heavily influenced by Portuguese and Brazilian music. This, of course, makes Waldemar Bastos' new album the most listenable music of the year.

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