Reviews
Black Star (Mos Def and Talib Kweli): 28 November 2005 - Washington, DC

What do you do when the mold that breaks the mold needs breaking?

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The Kids in the Hall: Season Three

Once you've seen a few of those uncensored sketches, it's clear why Kids in the Hall was never so pleasing to mainstream viewers as SNL.

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Dr. Futurity by Philip K. Dick

By using the previous genocide of the native residents of North America as a futuristic rallying cry for his characters, Dick delivers an interesting epic without a great deal of technical wizardry or speculative mumbo jumbo.

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	Various Artists: I Heard It on NPR - One World Many Voices

An interesting assortment of hits and misses from public radio.

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	Dwight Yoakam: Live from Austin, TX [DVD]

If jeans-wearing were an Olympic sport, Dwight Yoakam would win every single medal and possibly even lead some sort of honorary jeans-parade.

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	Ticonderoga: The Heilig-Levine LP

Don't be fooled, on occasion Ticonderoga sounds like a rock band, but it's not. I don't know quite what it is, but it's not a rock band.

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30 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Skygreen Leopards: Jehovah Surrender

A jungle of sounds and nature's call colliding in six cinematic songs most fully appreciated in their immediate environs.

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30 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Bobo Stenson: Goodbye

A modern master of jazz piano plays against the ECM clichés to create another in a series of deep trio albums, this time with Paul Motian on drums.

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	The Rakes: Capture/Release / Retreat [EP]

The Rakes' pub crawl soundtrack on the Capture/Release UK album and the Retreat US EP reveal the 'it' band hype is somewhat unfounded.

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	The Paddingtons: First Comes First

If you found this Paddington in a British train station with a polite tag attached to it, you would probably decide to leave it rather than accept it into your quaint home.

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	LD & the New Criticism: Tragic Realism

If a cathartic set of silly breakup anthems that usually result in the death of one or more parties sounds like your cup of tea, LD is here to help.

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	Bloody Hollies: If Footmen Tire You…

They plug in their guitars, take a handful of time-tested garage, surf, and blues riffs and proceed to blow out the speakers for 30 glorious minutes.

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30 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Andrew Bird + Martin Dosh

A violin. A xylophone. A giant, curved phonograph horn. Looks like it's time for a concert by the Squirrel Nut Zippers' prodigal son.

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30 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Channel Frederator

These intentionally underdeveloped, short-short 'toons are as well suited for inclusion in a podcast as they are poorly prepared for inclusion in any other collection.

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30 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Continued by Piotr Sommer

Nearly every poem springs from/exists in the Relentlessly Everyday.

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30 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Naked (1993)

A hard movie, in the sense that it's difficult and also harsh, Naked is unsettling, often extremely funny and sometimes bizarrely brilliant.

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	Various Artists: Back Against the Wall

Ultimately, reproducing an icon like The Wall is a no-win situation: Perform the songs spot-on, and you lack creativity. Monkey with the material and you infuriate the faithful.

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29 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Cat Stevens: Gold

Stevens was once of the biggest, most beloved musical stars in the world. Gold, a new two-disc compilation of his work is a useful reminder of why that was.

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29 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Jenny Scheinman: 12 Songs

The Americana/jazz violinist performs a perfect dozen miniatures with a perfectly modulated chamber septet.

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29 Nov 2005 // 11:00 PM

	Slipknot: 9.0 Live

The world's angriest band gets the double live treatment, with very intense results.

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