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Avenue Montaigne (Fauteuils dorchestre) (2006)

Danièle Thompson's Avenue Montaigne is a paean to Paris, love, and the invigorating power of art.

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16 Feb 2007 // 2:00 AM

Breach (2007)

Eric has his Hanssenesque moments, proud of being able to "read" his man, but the film makes their differences more pronounced than their similarities. While Eric adheres to a moral code familiar in spy movies, Hanssen remains slippery.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Latin-Arabia

A conversation. World Music Network Overlord, Phil Stanton: I am sad. Minions, gladden me. Minion no. 1: Latin-Arabian music will make you happy, O Lord. World

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Delbert McClinton: Live from Austin, TX

Lubbock, Texas native Delbert McClinton has been serving up a steamy mess of soulful country blues since the ‘50s and still rocks out today. However

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Steal This Music by Joanna Demers

Music has presented copyright challenges nearly from the start, according to Demers, in part because the law has generally lagged behind technology.

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15 Feb 2007 // 9:02 PM

Amy Duncan: Pilgrimage

Amy Duncan won’t bowl you over with a strong voice, but there’s an almost jazzy quality in her British folk/singer-songwriter songs that

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15 Feb 2007 // 9:01 PM

Tia Carrera: self-titled

When the best you can say for an album is that one track incorporates an organ, there's something wrong.

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15 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Bad Blood by Linda Fairstein

Going underground in New York.

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The Three Stooges - Hapless Half-Wits (2007)

These Jewish boys from Brooklyn stick it to the anti-Semites before anyone else in Hollywood had the balls to do so.

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Serengeti: Noticeably Negro

In hip-hop, the culture is represented by two distinct but equally important groups: the mainstream rappers at major labels and the underground rappers who focus on street cred. These are their stories. [Chong Chong]

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15 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Mouse Guard #1-6

Happily for more sophisticated readers, much can be read into the political turmoil these characters are forced to navigate, but on the other hand none of the sociopolitical commentary is so heavy-handed as to diminish Mouse Guard's pleasures as a rousing action-adventure.

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John Sebastian: John B. Sebastian / Tarzana Kid / Welcome Back

Collectors Choice has cleaned up the masters and re-presented Sebastian's solo CDs to the boomer audience that didn't purchase them the first time around.

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The Dick Cavett Show - Hollywood Greats

This is not only an entertaining, funny, and smart guide to the glory days of Hollywood; it is an essential and useful tool for film historians.

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Various Artists: Superstars of the 80s: Volumes 1-3

Time Life's three-disc compilation of '80s hits delivers some of the best and worst of the decade while still playing it safe.

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Larry Williams: Specialty Profiles

Profiles is, top-to-bottom, the best Larry Williams disc on the market for anyone with a less-than-fanatical interest in the man's work.

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15 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Ballaké Sissoko: Tomora

Mali's kora is an aristocratic instrument and Djelimoussa Ballaké Sissoko is one of the expert players.

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15 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Laibach: Volk

Volk shows that anthems are statements of defiance as much as of pride, expressions of the will of a country's people to die for the sake of a geographical and ideological boundary.

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Electric Light Orchestra: Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue has the undiminished ability to break through the clouds with plenty of "Mr. Blue Sky" joy.

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15 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Various Artists: Rocky Balboa

Much like the fictional Rocky character, this movie music has staying power.

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Tyler Perrys Daddys Little Girls (2007)

A disappointingly outsized villain, Jenny fills up what would have been Madea's space, only she's not so strong, entertaining, or even convincing.

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