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Scoring from Second by Philip F. Deaver [Editor]

Even the very best baseball players convert only three or four of every ten at bats into base hits. Perhaps Deaver can find some sort of poetic consolation in that statistic.

Neal Hayes
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Various Artists: CrystalTop Music Presents

This collection will likely inspire many listeners to dig deeper into the CrystalTop catalog.

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The Jai-Alai Savant: Flight of the Bass Delegate

Another fiery band from the Windy City delivers an excellent rock album with dub influences.

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Of God and Science: Of God and Science

Of God and Science juggles unusual chords and tricky arrangements, but the band should have focused on songwriting.

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C-Mon & Kypski: Where the Wild Things Are

A better title for the album would have been Where the Creative Arrangements and Distracting Vocals Are.

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The New York Yankees 1977 World Series Collectors Edition

Reggie Jackson's three-homerun World Series game overshadows all the other accomplishments in his career. It also overshadows all the other action on this DVD.

Music

Eccodek: Voices Have Eyes

He's such a good electronic producer that he shouldn't need a day job

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Major League Baseball: The Team. The Time. The 2006 Mets

If the Mets DVD lacks the emotional impact that would help endear it to a general audience, it does at least have a handful of cool extras for baseball fans.

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Optional 2: Moment of Truth

On its debut album, Moment of Truth, the Goucher College-based duo displays a wide musical palette, infectious energy, and a sense of humor.

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Team Shadetek: Pale Fire

Two New York producers break out of the boroughs with a full-length debut that's both streetwise and eclectic.

Neal Hayes
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The Snake The Cross The Crown: Cotton Teeth

The Snake The Cross The Crown is a talented group, but Cotton Teeth just doesn't have the musical depth it needs to compete in an oversaturated indie market.

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Baseball Double Feature - Kill the Umpire / Safe at Home (1950)

Sony might have been swinging for the fences with this DVD release, but it ended up hitting an easy pop fly to the shallow outfield.

Neal Hayes
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Flame Shark: Midnight on Pearl Beach

This Shark's Flame flickers but never quite fizzles over the course of a pleasant but unspectacular album.

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The Eternals: Heavy International

The Eternals named their latest album Heavy International. Apparently Electro-jazz-funk-dub-post-punk Opus was already taken.

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Vintage World Series: Detroit Tigers 1945 1968 & 1984

Not many people will or should buy all the discs, but everyone can be happy that A&E and Major League Baseball are making such a wide range of World Series footage and, by extension, American history available on home video.

Books

Praying for Gil Hodges by Thomas Oliphant

In his tender memoir, Praying for Gil Hodges, Thomas Oliphant shows that the most powerful baseball stories don't always make national headlines.

Neal Hayes
Music

The Phoenix Foundation: Horsepower

A new band is set to hit American record stores with the mellow sounds of... New Zealand?

Music

Baby Eagle: Baby Eagle

Steve Lambke's debut album under his new alias finds him trading aggressive rock music for sensitive folk songs.

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Cloud Eleven: Sweet Happy Life

With his latest release, Rick Gallego has created an album that's as breezy and refreshing as a California afternoon.

Music

Lang Lang: Dragon Songs

The latest Lang Lang disc is a window onto an unfamiliar world of music, and a document of a pianist beginning to find his mature musical voice.

Neal Hayes
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Race for the Super Bowl

Tony Dungy's win in Miami was definitely a major event, but a quick look at Super Bowl history shows that the NFL, with its long-disparaging race record, is still far from a level playing field.

Neal Hayes
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