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Various Artists: Party-Keller Vol. 2

German rare groove DJ Florian Keller picks refreshments of soul, funk, and disco by contemporary producers.

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The Films of Kenneth Anger, Vol. 1 (1947)

Anger can be seen not only as the godfather of queer cinema, but also of indie cinema: his budgets were virtually non-existent, and the production values might have been low; but the finished products were always regarded as works of art.

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Oscar Peterson: Perfect Peterson

Calling any collection of music perfect is a little presumptuous. But while no musician is perfect, Oscar Peterson comes mighty close to flawless.

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4 Mar 2007 // 9:00 PM

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.

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Albert Hammond, Jr.: Yours to Keep

A sweet, disposable confection from the Strokes' lead rhythm guitarist.

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Mary Chapin Carpenter: The Calling

While there are several songs here full of hope, Mary Chapin Carpenter’s latest work is led by tracks that are honest, dark, and turbulent.

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Love of Diagrams: Love of Diagrams

Once Love of Diagrams manage to unhinge their voices while keeping a lock down on the groove, their impact will be unnervingly devastating.

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Running With Scissors (2006)

Director Ryan Murphy lacks the requisite wicked flair for black-comedy, the levity is mishandled, and completely at odds with the intensity of performance and direction.

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4 Mar 2007 // 8:58 PM

Partyline: Zombie Terrorist

Partyline’s florescent spunk rock is annoyingly repetitive and uses juvenile, rebellious lyrics to tackle overdone themes.

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Sarandon: The Completists Library

English trio Sarandon's latest album is a sweeping 32-track affair compiling the band's four mini albums.

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Qwel & Meaty Ogre: Freezerburner

As part of his series that coincides with the seasons, Chicago emcee Qwel is parceling out the beatsmith duties by rotating out Maker for Meaty

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Gomez: Five Men in a Hut [DVD]

Five Men in a Hut collects the band's videos and some odd pieces, but doesn't satisfy.

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2 Mar 2007 // 4:30 AM

Zodiac (2007)

David Fincher's excellent new movie winds clues and pursuits into an intriguing, often witty mix of causes and effects. In so doing, it rejiggers the police procedural.

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Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams (2006)

Jasmila Žbanic's film follows a mother struggling to raise her daughter in the aftermath of the Balkan War.

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2 Mar 2007 // 2:58 AM

Black Snake Moan (2007)

Samuel L. Jackson's new Southern-fried movie is all about the blues.

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2 Mar 2007 // 2:57 AM

Wild Hogs (2007)

From the director responsible for Van Wilder, Wild Hogs is another thudding men-will-be-boys saga, this time populated by middle-agey stereotypes.

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Jerry Lee Lewis: Last Man Standing Live

Pop culture is many things, but it is often flashy, fast-paced and forgetful. Last Man Standing Live takes a moment.

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Kelly Pardekooper: Brand New Bag

Iowan Kelly Pardekooper sounds as if he's channeling The Dandy Warhols on the retro-rock, groovy title track that sets the album off on the right course.

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Cake on Cake: I Guess I Was Daydreaming

There’s beauty in simplicity, in life and in music, and the truth of this is apparent on Cake on Cake’s I Guess I

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1 Mar 2007 // 9:02 PM

Pas/Cal: Dear Sir

Over the past four years, Pas/Cal has been turning out an intriguing series of EPs.

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