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Martha Wainwright: I Know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too

Martha Wainwright lives up to her DNA on an intensely moving sophomore album.

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Sound Unbound by Paul D. Miller (editor), Steve Reich (Introduction)

One contribution to the collection is a discussion of Keith’s sonic portrait, "Sexmachines", a triptych based on multiple recordings of the sounds made by a vibrator, a dildo, and an anal plug.

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4 Jun 2008 // 10:00 PM

Opeth: Watershed

Nine albums in, and Opeth has still shown no signs of running out of ideas.

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4 Jun 2008 // 2:38 AM

Operation Filmmaker

Engaging, provocative, and often discomforting, Operation Filmmaker reveals increasing tensions between Muthana and his would-be benefactors, including filmmaker Nina Davenport.

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1 Jun 2008 // 10:00 PM

Fleet Foxes: Fleet Foxes

The boys' voices rarely go where you'd expect, but upon even one play-through, you can't imagine them going anywhere else.

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29 May 2008 // 10:00 PM

Shearwater: Rook

Following the critically acclaimed Palo Santo, Shearwater raises the bar with Rook.

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The BellRays: Hard, Sweet and Sticky

Not for the faint-hearted, nor the recently heartbroken -- but if you're neither, this dynamite disc is one slice of maximum R&B you cannot afford to miss out on.

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The Flight of the Red Balloon (Le Voyage du ballon rouge)

In Hou Hsiao-hsien's first French film, interactions are mirrored and refracted, images of images, reflections of longing.

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Standard Operating Procedure

Errol Morris' new documentary, Standard Operating Procedure, remembers the pictures' effects -- the shock, the outrage, and the anger that greeted their release.

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30 Apr 2008 // 10:00 PM

Criminal Vol. 2

With its second story-arc it has cemented itself as one of the best modern books and, likely, as one that will long be regarded as an example of the medium's artistic potential.

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29 Apr 2008 // 10:01 PM

Santogold: Santogold

This is the soda shack where punk and electronica meet the rhythm of a diasporic dub addiction.

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27 Apr 2008 // 10:01 PM

Portishead: Third

Over a decade in the making, this legendary UK trio has buried trip-hop under a pile of creepy analog gear with their painfully long awaited third (duh) album.

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Carole King: Tapestry

Tapestry: Legacy Edition is the definitive genuflection to Carole King's 1971 masterpiece. Nearly 40 years later, it's still a thrill to feel the earth move.

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Corporate Warriors by P. W. Singer

By refusing to cast himself as a finger-wagging scold on the subject of military contractors, Singer’s concerns have all that much more power.

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Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds

Inserting cartoonish characters into luscious, realistic environments is all part of the Hot Shots aesthetic, and for some reason it just works.

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23 Apr 2008 // 10:03 PM

Robyn: Robyn

Nearly three years after its initial Swedish release, one of the best records of 2005 finally gets an official, slightly reworked, U.S. issue.

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Los Campesinos!: Hold on Now, Youngster…

Here's a riddle for you: How is a promising Welsh septet like an American political candidate?

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark: Dazzle Ships

OMD's concept album about Cold War-era technology and tension was a flop upon its original release in 1983. But seen through modern eyes, it's a brilliant precursor to OK Computer.

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Cornbread Nation 4: by Dale Volberg Reed, John Shelton Reed, John T. Edge (Editors)

A vivid, heart-felt, often lyrical look at some of the most iconic food of the South -- from the commercial to the home-cooked to the most seasonal of delicacies, gathered in the wild.

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!

On his 14th studio album, Australia’s crown prince of goth manifests into its unheralded king of rock.

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A Crooked and Unseen Highway: lowercase - "She Takes Me"

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"The newest Between the Grooves series tackles Lowercase's Kill the Lights, a great marriage of slowcore and post-punk: raw, angry, sullen, and very much alive almost 20 years later.

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