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V.I.M. - “Maggie’s Last Party” (1991)

Strikingly original, and catchy to the point of irritation, “Maggie’s Last Party” is a curious post-rave oddity thrust onto a dazed Britain nursing a

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‘The English Is Coming!’ A Different Form of Global Domination

Robots! Bikinis! Language definitely influences society and culture; here is a glimpse into certain English terms that have made their mark on the world.

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The Russian Futurists: The Weight’s on the Wheels

The Russian Futurists’ fourth album is bright, sparkly and shiny, with the vocals pushed right to the forefront in a landscape of keyboard loops, block rocking beats, and gently plucked guitars.

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Various Artists: Permanent Vacation Selected Label Works 2

The Permanent Vacation label is like a loaf of bread, steadily rising. A sampler like this is a good way of getting caught up.

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5 Jan 2011 // 9:56 PM

Klangwart: Sommer

Sommer collects new and old electro-acoustic experiments from Klangwart.

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3 Jan 2011 // 9:59 PM

Various Artists: Fünf

Composed by various label players, Ostgun Ton’s Fünf is a label anniversary album built exclusively from a four gigabyte sample library of field recordings made inside the legendary Berlin clubs Berghain and Panorama Bar.

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Christopher Rau: Asper Clouds

Christopher Rau's productions on Asper Clouds are pretty enough, but they fall short of achieving "memorable" status.

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‘Shadows of Progress’ Is a Testament to the Best in Documentary Filmmaking

This is one of the best DVD releases of the year. It's so substantial, and so thorough, that it becomes not so much a DVD collection as a small, single-subject library of film.

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Coati Mundi: Dancing for the Cabana Code in the Land of Boo-Hoo

They may seem simple, but Coati Mundi's disco beats are impossible to grasp on first listen.

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‘Three and Out’: Is This Really Supposed to Be a Comedy?

Why did this UK film go straight-to-DVD in the US? I know why.

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7 Dec 2010 // 10:00 PM

Ke$ha: Cannibal

Ke$ha obviously doesn’t care whether you like the way she’s singing, and this sociopathic trait makes her one of the most exciting singers around.

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7 Dec 2010 // 9:57 PM

Arkhonia: Trails/Traces

The virtues of "drift studies" glide with great ease and depth on Arkhonia's Trails/Traces.

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6 Dec 2010 // 9:58 PM

Max Cooper: Expressions

Max Cooper's tech house is never subtle, even when it comes from a temperate place.

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30 Nov 2010 // 9:56 PM

Jupe Jupe: Invaders

Jupe Jupe, in part, definitely bring home the 1980s-style party anthems, crafting music that’s similar to old-school European pop acts like Depeche Mode (particularly around the Speak and Spell era) and Duran Duran. At least, that's what they do before they go totally prog.

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Pet Shop Boys: Ultimate Pet Shop Boys

Che Guevara and Debussy would both have major problems with this compilation -- and not just because they already shelled out for Pop Art back in 2006.

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Sun Airway: Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier

Sun Airway delivers a genuinely beautiful record, meant for the summer but a perfect gift for the winter.

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‘The Elephant’s Journey’ Carries the Reader Along on this Shared Endeavor

Saramago's trickery emphasizes an obvious, but often neglected, point about literature: words create reality rather than merely transcribe it.

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17 Nov 2010 // 10:00 PM

Girl Talk: All Day

Girl Talk returns with a surprise (and free) new album of mash-up fervor, but the formula's wearing thin by now.

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‘The Search for Sherlock Holmes’: The Man Who Never Lived

Scottish actor David Hayman, Detective Superintendent Michael Walker on the television program Trial and Retribution, takes on a real-life investigation of the enduringly popular character Sherlock Holmes.

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9 Nov 2010 // 6:00 AM

Botany: Feeling Today

Botany offers a glimpse of the beats that lie ahead on an experimental and nostalgic EP.

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

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"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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