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Yo La Tengo: I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass

Reviewing this album is like trying to describe a cool and sunny Sunday afternoon -- no liberal expenditure of adjectives and verbs can recreate the experience of just sitting and taking it all in while relaxing.

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Remember Me by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen

With caskets being sold at Costco and FuneralDepot.com, with cremation becoming all the rage, and with the Internet offering custom funerals, does anyone actually still get buried in the old-fashioned way?

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Beavis & Butt-head - The Mike Judge Collection, Vol. 3: The Mike Judge Collection, Vol. 3

If interest in these home-video incarnations of Beavis & Butthead sparks interest in a movie sequel, chalk it up to another one of Judge's low-key negotiations gone good.

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Flying Nun: The Complete Second Season

Mary Poppins had nothing over Sister Bertrille.

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The Rapture: Pieces Of The People We Love

Record of the year candidate from one of dance-punk's enduring bright spots.

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Sam Moore: Overnight Sensational

Sentimentality is weighed down by dubious conceptualization on Overnight Sensational.

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Various Artists: Defected in the House: Eivissa 06

Both a time capsule of the current club scene on the island of Ibiza, and a historically-minded examination of past sounds.

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11 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

New Buffalo: New Buffalo EP

As with so many stopgap EPs, it's an eclectic, so-so afair of questionable re-release value.

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The Big Eyes Family Players: Do The Musiking

Chamber music for the iPod generation.

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Bobby Previte: Coalition of the Willing

A "nonjazz" record of assertive instrumental rock from a great downtown drummer -- both political and funky in its intentions, it arrives with purpose.

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11 Sep 2006 // 7:00 AM

Nat Baldwin: Enter the Winter

Freeform musician continues to surprise in ability to be accessible and push boundaries.

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Tom Lellis: Avenue of the Americas

Very nice jazz singer with a relaxed, quiet, light baritone delivery, and something of an all-round musician.

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Logan Square: Pessimism & Satire

Same old heartbreak song and dance, done yet again.

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11 Sep 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Little Ones: Sing Song EP

The Little Ones prove to be impressive without being overly distinctive, trading challenges for talented execution.

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10 Sep 2006 // 11:30 PM

Prison Break

Much as the Scofields despise the abject corruption that got them into this fix, they plainly feel less affinity for shadows than full-on righteousness. They believe they can get even.

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10 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Duhks: Migrations

The third time is the charm for this Winnipeg, folk, er, bluegrass, er, soulgrass outfit. And the Celtic leanings haven't been thrown out with the bathwater either.

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10 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Last Days of Dead Celebrities by Mitchell Fink

[It] sidesteps sensationalism and hype to focus on the small but revealing details of these 15 stars' final hours.

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The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation

There is no grand, national narrative that can offer "closure," or even comprehension.

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10 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

Beyonce: B-Day

I still think that Beyonce has a perfect masterpiece in her, but I guess we'll have to wait until the next album to find out.

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Tegan and Sara: Tegan and Sara: Its Not Fun. Dont Do It! [DVD]

Tegan and Sara are firmly entrenched in the middle of the radio-friendly road . . . for now.

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