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Steve Reid Ensemble: Spirits Walk

Spirit Walk is ostensibly credited to the Steve Reid Ensemble, but the disc serves a far more important role as a companion piece to Reid and Hebden's recent collaborations.

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Eugene Mirman: En Garde, Society!

Mirman's style of comedy is remarkably casual, laid-back and almost improvised in its feel: where he differentiates himself is with his off-hand, absurdist delivery and the unexpected directions in which he takes his jokes.

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Head Like a Kite: Random Portraits of the Home Movie

The concept has been done before, and by better musicians, countless times over.

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Ramblin Jack Elliott: I Stand Alone

The album's 16 tracks clock in at a mere 32-and-a-half minutes, but there's a fullness to the disc because Elliott gives it all on every song, no matter the length. There really isn't a bad cut on the record.

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12 Jul 2006 // 3:00 AM

The Book of Trouble by Ann Marlowe

For priding ourselves on being so advanced in comparison to what we view as outdated ways of love -- arranged marriage and traditional housewives -- there's a lot of discontent.

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12 Jul 2006 // 3:00 AM

Infinite Crisis #1-7

Greg Oleksiuk discusses the issue of continuity in DC's massive Infinite Crisis.

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12 Jul 2006 // 3:00 AM

Electric Edwardians (1901)

The films of Electric Edwardians frequently indicate the broadening of the British Empire, in battles commemorated and colonialism championed.

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Mission Hill: The Complete Series

The 1999 WB show remains firmly grounded in the emotional realities of Kevin's attempt to survive high school despite his nerdish tendencies, and Andy's constant struggle between his aspirations and his apathy.

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12 Jul 2006 // 1:00 AM

Greg Oleksiuk discusses the issue of continuity in DC's massive Infinite Crisis.

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12 Jul 2006 // 1:00 AM

Brookville

Small clubs can be cozy, as long as the band (and the bar) remember that intimacy doesn't necessarily equal excitement. Just ask Ivy co-founder Andy Chase.

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12 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Oneida: Happy New Year

Tipping towards the folk precision of The Wedding but blistering with noise, Happy New Year is another landmark album from one of rock's most underrated bands. Maybe this time people will pay attention?

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Only Human (Seres Queridos) (2004)

A kooky romantic comedy directed by a married couple -- Dominic Harari and Teresa Pelegri -- Only Human is also an increase-the-peace allegory.

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The Brand New Heavies: Get Used to It

After a 12-year hiatus, acid jazz pioneers reunite with funk feast.

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Mia Doi Todd: The Ewe and the Eye

Todd's 1997 debut, re-issued here, is a bit underwhelming, but not without good or fair reasons.

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12 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Gotye: Like Drawing Blood

One of the best albums no one outside of Australia will ever know about.

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Tender Trap: 6 Billion People

Peter Pan and Billie Joe Armstrong can stay young forever. For everyone else, there's Tender Trap.

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12 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Impossible Shapes: Tum

An artifact from the recent past, pulled from the ground... or maybe the sky?

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Skeriks Syncopated Taint Septet: Husky

Ingenious arrangements, beautiful and witty playing, but the drummer's brief gets in the way: excessively prominent, rigid, metronomic, unfortunate.

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11 Jul 2006 // 7:05 PM

Bonnie’s Bookstore

Gaming is more than just the games. It's a part of the digital lifestyle that more and more of us are embracing each day.

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11 Jul 2006 // 3:00 AM

We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg

Berg is such a marvelous writer than she can keep you eagerly reading on for 150-plus pages even when the plot arc is a flat line.

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