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Belle & Sebastian: The Life Pursuit

Seventh studio album from Scottish septet includes more adventures in image-altering, twee-free pop.

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27 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Elected: Sun, Sun, Sun

Here we are, inside The Elected's idyllic world, where the song is the thing and the natural wonders of America are the backdrop.

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27 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lori Burton: Breakout

They don't make records like the Whyte Boots' "Nightmare" anymore.

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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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