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	Ted Leo and The Pharmacists: Shake the Sheets

Shake the Sheets is bleary eyed and caffeine-stoked, empathetic and unfiltered, as majestically melodic as Jon Brion and fiercely topical as Joe Strummer. It's a clean, bright thunderbolt of self-expression, overwhelmingly electric like flood lights, and probably one of the best sets of no-frills, intelligent rock you'll hear this year.

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	Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: Walking with Giants

The name of this trio (which is I gather supplemented on other performances off this present CD) is a joke, presumably a private one. The

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	High Contrast: High Society

High Society is as good as drum & bass gets in the year 2004, and that is very good indeed.

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1 Nov 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Earlimart: Treble & Tremble

The minute and a half known as “Hold on Slow Down” that opens the new Earlimart record tells you all you need to know. In

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	The Marshall Tucker Band: The Marshall Tucker Band Live From the Garden State 1981

“YeeeHaaw”. The good ol’ country boys are back to make some foot-stomping, Southern-fried rock of the down-south, sweet home Carolina variety. Pull out your white

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	The Flatlanders / Susan Tedeschi / Robert Earle Keen / Steve Earle: Live from Austin TX [CD and DVD

Live from Austin TX was first broadcast as a 30-minute segment on the acclaimed television show Austin City Limits, a program that initially aired as

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1 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

The West Wing

The West Wing has locked itself into philosophical stasis, determined to air its liberal credentials via Bartlett and his staff yet equally determined never to challenge the status quo.

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Stargate SG-1: Season 7

Colonel O'Neill's principal interest is neither exploration nor humanitarian support, but the search for novel weapon technologies.

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1 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

Harsh Realm

Harsh Realm lacks sci-fi gadgetry, set in shantytowns where people have handguns and old hoopty cars that look like prime candidates for Pimp My Ride.

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1 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

Boston Legal

The first episode of David E. Kelley's Boston Legal bubbled like vintage pink champagne.

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1 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

Walking Tall (2004)

Kevin Bray sees his Walking Tall as a series of fight sequences, a simplification that leaves it open to interpretation as a barometer of our political climate.

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1 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election (2003)

Under these conditions, the film suggests, another Florida is not only likely, but probable.

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The Untouchables: Special Collector’s Edition (1987)

It's a story of a (nearly lone) lawman standing up against the bad guys, replete with a High Noon type showdown.

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1 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

Michael Moore DVD Collector’s Set (2004)

Bowling for Columbine's most effective device is Moore's own lack of answers; he sets up argument after argument, only to see each one crumble in the face of evidence and reality.

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1 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

National Lampoon Presents: Dorm Daze (2003)

Plays like the last two minutes of all the worst episodes of Frasier stitched together.

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Around the World in 80 Days (2004)

'Actually,' Frank Coraci begins his commentary for Around the World in 80 Days, 'I never wanted to do a director's commentary.'"

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31 Oct 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Tegan and Sara: So Jealous

Moving beyond the punk/diva dichotomy, Tegan and Sara are something more, and their music reflects a new feminine sensibility and style which cannot be summed up in their ascribed identities as women, lipstick lesbians, or side-show twins, but rather the loaded term that describes them best is perhaps the word sisters.

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	Soul Asylum: After the Flood: Live from the Grand Forks Prom June 28, 1998

Soul Asylum made headlines recently, but for all the wrong reasons. The band’s bass player, Karl Mueller, has been diagnosed with cancer, and some

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31 Oct 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Seth Swirsky: Instant Pleasure

Short, but sweet. That concise description of Seth Swirsky’s solo album doesn’t do it full justice, but it’s true. This soft pop

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31 Oct 2004 // 11:00 PM

	Willie Nelson: The Troublemaker

Willie Nelson has always been a populist. Thus, it’s not surprising to find out that so, too, is his Jesus: partially Christ, completely Cowboy.

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'Sugar Hill' Breaks Out the Old-School Zombies

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