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September 07, 2006
  Spun: Leonard CohenPDF files may take a moment to load

A few attributes all but guarantee an album is going to be hit or miss. As a general rule, compilations, tributes, live albums, soundtracks and cover albums can aspire to mediocrity at best. When all of these come together in one album, as they do on Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man-- the soundtrack for the film of the same name--the results are, unsurprisingly, middling.

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September 07, 2006
  Spun: The ThermalsPDF files may take a moment to load

Everyone has to grow up sometime.

Applied to music, this statement often isn't a positive thing. There are too many bands who've "matured" into boring acts, but, rarely some maturation will do a band good.

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September 07, 2006
  Spun: India AriePDF files may take a moment to load

Listening to India Arie's incredibly upbeat and positive third album, Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship, is almost enough to make a girl feel bad. Bad about not loving her body enough. Bad about that time she kept her hair long just to please someone else. Bad about holding a grudge against her ex. Bad about holding someone else down to get ahead.

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September 07, 2006
  Spun: The Panic ChannelPDF files may take a moment to load

It's hard to remember a time when Dave Navarro was actually known as a musician. He's spent the last few years playing reality star on our tubes with his now ex-wife Carmen Electra, and he recently hosted and produced the second go of Rock Star. This is quite a contrast from the early '90s, when Navarro could be heard all over the radio as a member of Jane's Addiction and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Now he makes his return with (One), the debut album from his new band The Panic Channel.

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September 07, 2006
  Spun: Paris HiltonPDF files may take a moment to load

Paris Hilton entered the public eye with a bang in 2004, when a videotape of her having sex circulated throughout the internet. Hilton deftly leveraged her fifteen minutes into, among other things, a music career. If her first effort, Paris, is any indication, it won't add any more sand to the hourglass.

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September 07, 2006
  Not so LuckyPDF files may take a moment to load

Joan Barfoot's novel Luck begins by saying "There is good luck, and there is bad luck, and then there's the ambiguous sort of luck that's a lot of this and some of the other." You could also say in Luck there are good sections, and there are unnecessary sections, and, well, you get the idea.

September 07, 2006
  Sitting in the darkPDF files may take a moment to load

Since the dawn of modern broadcasting in the 1950s, television has provided the earnest viewer with countless reasons to put off studying, parenting and feeding pets. However, merely turning on the idiot box doesn't guarantee entertainment as each fall the networks always unleash as much maggot-ridden crap upon the world as they do anything worthwhile.

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September 07, 2006
  Nitrogen not includedPDF files may take a moment to load

As emcee for much-loved indie hip-hop sensation Atmosphere, Sean "Slug" Daley has spent the past decade on the ride of a lifetime, happily raging through inventive anti-gangsterism and pumping out genre-defining beats. Atmosphere's latest album, You Can't Believe How Much Fun We're Having, arrived in a flurry of popularity, briefly hitting number one as Top Independent Album on Billboard.com. In spite of his grueling touring schedule and lyrics that are occasionally on the dystopic side of things, Slug does sound like he's having fun.

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September 07, 2006
  Propositioning Guy PearcePDF files may take a moment to load

From his show stopping performance in LA Confidential to the mind-blowing Memento to the less awesome Time Machine, Guy Pearce has had one of the most diverse and distinguished careers of any popular young actor. Appearing most recently in John Hillcoat and Nick Cave's The Proposition as the rugged bushman Charlie Burns, Pearce impressed critics once again with his portrayal of the unscrupulous protagonist.

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September 07, 2006
  Cowboys wrangle DinosPDF files may take a moment to load

For the first time in the history of the University of Calgary Dinos, a NCAA Division 1 team came to Calgary to play exhibition matches. The men's basketball team took on the University of Wyoming Cowboys on Sat., Sept. 2 and Sun., Sept. 3 at the Jack Simpson Gym in a two game pre-season series.

Last season, the Cowboys came within a game of making it to the 65-team March Madness tournament, losing in overtime to the San Diego State Aztecs in the Mountain West Final.

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