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	Super Deluxe: Surrender!

Super Deluxe is the mid-'90s throwback you weren't really waiting for and don't really need.

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3 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	Les Yeux Noirs: tChorba

Back with their sixth album, Les Yeux Noirs turn 'Eastern European, Jewish, gypsy... and rock music', into a friendly, polished blend.

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	Kiss Me Deadly: Misty Medley

Poorly produced but inspired and distinct, Kiss Me Deadly debut with an album full of skipping romps and screaming joy.

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3 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	INXS: Switch

Hard as he might try, J.D. Fortune can't quite overcome the problem of a tight, American Idol-like turnaround time.

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3 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

	Hot Chip: Coming on Strong

Hot Chip have a number of influences on their minds, but unfortunately they don't gel very well at all.

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3 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

Erasure: The Erasure Show - Live in Cologne [DVD]

Capturing the Nightbird tour for posterity, Erasure treats their fans to the expected elaborate games of dress up. Oh yeah, and some great music, too.

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	Amandine: This Is Where Our Hearts Collide

Swedish roots-folkers are steeped decidedly in Americana. I guarantee that a taste test will surprise you.

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3 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Calexico + Iron and Wine

Calexico's wind-swept desert epics combined with Iron and Wine's soft southern lilt in an evening that saw cowboy poetry, blues murder ballads, and folk laments fleshed out by stirring twang.

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Home Improvement: The Complete Third Season

Home Improvement's third season is its best, as crack-up funny as it is heartfelt.

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The Strokes: First Impressions of Earth

The Strokes venture into uncharted territory and offer a disc twice as long and half as good as their now classic first two records.

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	Various Artists: International Pop Overthrow: Volume 8

Exhausting compilation sums up the highs and lows of the associated festival.

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2 Jan 2006 // 11:00 PM

Anyone who's ever shelled out serious money for one of those Guided By Voices boxed-sets -- yeah, I'm looking at you, Mr. More-Money-Than-Common-Sense -- should feel right at home here.

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	The Quarter After: The Quarter After

Most folk rock/psychedelic throwbacks are for the Byrds, but this holds promise. So where's the song writing talent?"

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	Queen: Queen: Under Review 1973-1980 [DVD]

Here's a documentary that takes an almost CSPAN approach to discussing a rock band.

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	Buckethead and Friends: Enter the Chicken

One of the strangest personas in rock also wields one of the meanest guitars... and this time he brought friends.

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Blockhead: Downtown Science

Blockhead's latest foray into instrumental hip-hop isn't so much heavy as it is weighty, not so much oppressive as it is suffocating.

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Another old UK metal war-horse trundles out the big guns on their finest album in years.

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Unfinished Business: The Japanese-American Internment Cases (1984)

If it isn't a documentary masterpiece, Unfinished Business is still an impressive work, valuable for its documentation of three American heroes and its insistence that the tragic civil-liberties violations of the Japanese-American internment not be forgotten.

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23 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

The book also instructs the reader on how to follow the Japanese-style word balloons, something quite welcome as I learned how to navigate these unfamiliar reading seas.

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Garfield: Cat Tales (Prime Time Gift Set)

Box set of early prime time specials features America's favorite sarcastic fat cat.

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The Moving Pixels Podcast Discusses 'Tales from the Borderlands Episode 2'

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"Our foray into the adventure-game-style version of the Borderlands continues.

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