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	The Life and Times: Suburban Hymns

This is what real 'alternative music' sounds like.

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	Lady Sovereign: Vertically Challenged

Feminem? M.I.A. in a cheeky kinda way? Ch-ching go the banks, but S-O-V gets the last laugh. All told in a letter from one concerned Blahberian.

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	Jens Lekman: Oh, You’re So Silent Jens

The latest collection of previously released songs by the prodigious Swede features some of his best material so far.

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	Davy Graham: Large As Life and Twice As Natural

A masterwork of psychedelic English folk music from the '60s has been handsomely reissued.

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	Amusement Parks on Fire: Amusement Parks on Fire

Having heard this album, you might be tempted to give the guy responsible a million dollars. 'Nuff said.

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17 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	AZ: A.W.O.L.

AZ is a ninja-Zorro-pirate-samurai-Neo-Tony Montana-Shaft-ass mofo on the mic, for serious!"

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17 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Final Fantasy + Bobby Sandal

There's a certain awkwardness that comes with finding yourself in a foreign country. But, then, they say music's the universal language... right?

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Consuming Kids: Protecting Our Children from the Onslaught of Marketing and Advertising by Susan Lin

A puppeteer who regularly appeared on Mister Roger's Neighborhood, Linn alleges that the children's marketing industry is making kids fat, unimaginative, materialistic, and insensitive.

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17 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Three… Extremes (2004)

Not only does each of the three horror vignettes contain more surprises than most full-length features, but unlike most filmic anthologies, it has no weak links.

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	Various Artists: Fusion For Miles: A Guitar Tribute

I would not have thought that later Miles could ever be turned into Muzak -- that isn't exactly what happened here, but it comes frighteningly close in places.

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16 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Xiu Xiu: Life and Live

Xiu Xiu flourishes as it wades through layers of childish cries with unabashedly candid mutterings and confrontational arrangements.

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	Teddy Wilson: Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz

Musical father to hundreds of jazz pianists; once truly great, very prominent figure in breaking down the public color bar; Teddy Wilson became another, lesser pianist from whom only circumstances like this brought anything special.

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	Josh Kelley: Almost Honest

Josh Kelley takes the best of some polished pop bands like Maroon 5, but brings it into the realm of Marc Cohn and Chris Isaak at times.

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16 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	George Harrison and Friends: The Concert for Bangladesh [DVD]

Shortly after The Beatles broke up, George Harrison got a group of musicians together and tried to help some of the world's neediest citizens. Harrison succeeded in hosting a pretty good rock concert that reveals the spirit of an earlier era when anything seemed possible.

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	The Everybodyfields: Plague of Dreams

Close your eyes, and Quinn and Andrews' keening, close harmonies will transport you to the late 1940s, to that blissful world of battery radios before the Nashville Sound came and sanded the edges off country music.

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	Digable Planets: Beyond the Spectrum: The Creamy Spy Chronicles

Greatest hits and a few remixes and oddities from the hippie-hop trio that briefly defined a brand of kinder, gentler rap.

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16 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Kate Bush: Aerial

Twelve years is a long time, but Bush's latest shows that she's still one of the most unique artists out there.

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16 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	As Mercenarias: The Beginning of the End of the World

As Mercenarias dedicated themselves to making punk music in a climate where their dissent was particularly relevant. Most importantly, however, the music still stands up.

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16 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

The West Wing

There are growing overlaps between politics, news, and entertainment. Hard news has taken a back seat to feature journalism and talk shows, real politics to realpolitik.

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Last of the Cold War Spies: The Life of Michael Straight by Roland Perry

There is no smoking gun, so Perry examines each phase of Straight's life and sees dastardly deeds wherever he treads.

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