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Monk’s Music Trio: Monk’s Bones

MMT delivers another solid batch of Monk's music, this time aided and abetted by the trombones of Max Perkoff and Roswell Rudd.

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Simple Minds: Black & White 050505

Cynics beware: this is not a band cashing in and checking out, or a band trying to recapture any past cultural significance; it's a band that still has something to say and a beautiful way of saying it.

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Various: Sand & Steel: The Classic Sound of Jamaican Steel Drums

Two hours of the steel drum? Yes, but be careful not to indulge both discs at one sitting. A fine introduction to this often underappreciated instrument.

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26 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Viva La Bam: Seasons 4 and 5

Of everything to come out of the Jackass realm of reality programming, the Margeras were the sole masterpiece.

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26 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Monk

Now entering its fourth season, Monk finds itself in a precarious position.

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The Dirtbombs: If You Don’t Already Have a Look

Like the tiger doesn’t belong in that cage, the Dirtbombs don’t belong underground.

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The Green Pajamas: 21st Century Séance

Watch out, Bono. While you've been busy in Africa, This Seattle band has been stealing your moody pop.

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Julia Sarr and Patrice Larose: Set Luna

Set Luna is an album of serene, sweet-natured flamenco with a strong West African twist.

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Patty Hurst Shifter: Too Crowded on the Losing End

Neat riffs! Brilliant and depressing words! That’s yer Patty Hurst Shifter, right there.

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The Ark: State of the Ark

Swedish glam-rockers serve tacks in their dessert.

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Love Story in Blood Red: Love Story in Blood Red

Ex-Means singer Jason Frederick turns from blues-garage stomp to twitchy, sardonic pop.

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Various: Doo Wop: Vocal Group Greats

60-song companion set to PBS special that gives an entertaining, if not always educational, listen.

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25 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	Ludacris: The Red Light District [DVD]

As one might expect, a DVD devoted to Ludacris' real-life exploits comes a bit short of winning the endorsment of the Christian Coalition.

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25 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Failure... assumes an air of smug, detached irony, as a lot indie comics are wont to do.

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25 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

For a comic mystery to work, you need a skilled writer and skilled artist working together on the top of their game.

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25 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

We Are Scientists

Enough with the dum-dums. We want Scientists.

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25 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

South Beach

Despite the seeming scandal and sensationalism, the series is bland and unmemorable.

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25 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

American Idol 5

American Idol is an entertainment industry shark, a brutally efficient money-making machine.

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25 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Law and Order: Street Crime, Civil Unrest, and the Crisis of Liberalism in the 1960s by Michael W. F

Flamm eventually pieces together an all-too familiar scenario in which scheming conservatives (barely) triumph over befuddled Dems via mantra-like repetition of easily digestible sound-bites.

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Various: The In-Kraut: Hip Shaking Grooves Made in Germany 1966-1974

Marina Records reaches into the vaults of time to offer up 20 kraut-a-delic ditties from Germany's dalliance with British mod and American counterculture.

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Tibet House's 30th Anniversary Benefit Concert Celebrated Philip Glass' 80th

// Notes from the Road

"Philip Glass, the artistic director of the Tibet House benefits, celebrated his 80th birthday at this year's annual benefit with performances from Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Brittany Howard, Sufjan Stevens and more.

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