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	Chelsea: Urban Kids: A Punk Rock Anthology

The band's music is competent, often fun, and likely laid the groundwork for more than a few oi bands to follow.

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	The Bevis Frond: London Stone

Bevis Frond's follow-up to their classic New River Head finally arrives in America, and its blend of indie and classic rock could not have come at a better time.

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When a guitarist begins playing the rim of a glass, you know you're in for oddity; when he plays two kazoos while doing other stuff with his hands, it passes into something beautiful.

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15 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa by Michael Finkel

Finkel's transgression, thus articulated, seems much more comprehensible than those of Stephen Glass and Jayson Blair.

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	Various Artists: Bargrooves: Cosmopolitan

Believe me, there is such a thing as cheesy house, and for the most part -- despite the packaging -- this is not cheesy house.

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	Thee Shams: Sign the Line

Thee Shams have expanded their sound to include traces of psychedelia, Southern rock, the British invasion, Led Zeppelin, and '70s AM radio.

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	The Slits: Live at the Gibus Club

This live set shows that the Slits, during their initial run, may have been the most explosive and vicious act in the early British punk scene.

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	Dolly Parton: The Essential Dolly Parton

Everyone needs a little Dolly.

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14 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Jason Mraz: Mr. A-Z

You will like this album if you find its title amusing.

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	James Kolchaka Superstar: Our Most Beloved

The recordings of James Kolchaka are a barometer for your expectations of what music should be.

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	Giant Drag: Hearts and Unicorns

Listening to Giant Drag is nowhere near the colossal downer its name implies, but rather one of many joyful ironies surrounding the band's excellent debut.

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	Natasha Bedingfield: Unwritten

The UK pop star attempts to win over America, and unlike her peers, she just might succeed.

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14 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

I'd take Jared Leto's so-called Frozen Embryos over these guys any day. Anybody seen Tino?

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14 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Rome

Lest one fear the consequences of amoral political realism get a watered-down treatment, Rome proves steadfast -- eager, even -- in its refusal to skimp on detail.

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14 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Oprah Winfrey Show

When disaster strikes, as it surely will again, CNN will tell me the projected financial costs and death toll, but Oprah will tell me the human costs.

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14 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

It’s Different for Girls by Jo Brand

Two middle-aged, former hell-raisers from similar English seaside towns are making fascinating waves in alternative chick-lit.

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Witness: Special Collector’s Edition (1985)

Bemused at times, Detective John Book is nonetheless captivated by the Amish community's simplicity, its decency, and its ability to thrive despite its antiquities.

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	Various Artists: Putumayo Presents Italian Café

Well, they do have Starbucks in Italy. This collection of quaint Italian music is exactly what you'd expect from Putumayo.

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13 Sep 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Susumu Yokota: Symbol

At its best, Symbol seamlessly combines samples drawn from throughout the history of western music into compositions that carry their own distinct identity.

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	Laura Veirs: Year of Meteors

Nature's elfin balladeer returns with a clutch of songs for couples, adding scorch marks of passion to the (c)old black lines on the backs of her gentle hands.

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20 Questions: Rachael Yamagata

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"After a four year break since her last album, Rachael Yamagata reveals a love of spreadsheets, a love for Streisand, and why it's totally OK to suck at playing guitar.

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