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21 Dec 2006 // 8:03 PM

Giant Squid: Metridium Fields

Both the sum of and a twist on their influences, Giant Squid brings the bombast.

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Caroline Vinciguerra: Bored and Gorgeous

Before picking up a guitar last year and heading into Blacklodge Studios, Caroline Vinciguerra was a down-on-her-luck actress whose on-screen highlight came in 1993 when she

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21 Dec 2006 // 8:01 PM

Wednesday 13: Fang Bang

Some welcome shock rock that doesn't take itself too seriously.

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The Music Machine: The Ultimate Turn On

This two-disc re-reissue of the Music Machine's groundbreaking debut proves the band was as innovative as any in the 1960s.

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21 Dec 2006 // 8:00 PM

Nas: Hip Hop Is Dead

In a fall where many stumbled and even Jay-Z slipped up, Nas is back with a record for history.

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21 Dec 2006 // 8:00 PM

Gun: Showdown

Gun: Showdown is a worthy title for the PSP, even as it exposes limitations in both the franchise and the system.

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Get Smart The Complete Collection

This collection of Get Smart is simply a feast, inspiring both nostalgia and respect for how ahead of its time this groundbreaking parody truly was.

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21 Dec 2006 // 8:00 PM

Jackie Mittoo: Wishbone

By age 23, the reggae legend had grown out of Studio One and wanted to chart his own territory as a more mainstream solo artist. He did this by moving to... Canada -- and here's the postcard.

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Noein: To Your Other Self, Vol. 1 (2005)

Noein won't be the savior of its anime counterparts, but it won't tarnish their already ruined reputation, either.

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David Gray: Live in Slow Motion [DVD]

Now released in the US and Canada, Live in Slow Motion is proof that David Gray is one immensely talented artist.

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Ariesta Birawa Group: Vol. 1, Indonesia

Ariesta Birawa Group sounds moderately-paced, good-humoured, and more conservative than the Beatles.

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21 Dec 2006 // 8:00 PM

Grizzly Bear: Yellow House

Beguilling, beautiful and bewitching pop-folk-prog from a big-hearted Brooklyn bear.

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The Memory Band: Apron Strings

UK semi-super folk group spins languorous, sunny-afternoon soundscapes out of old songs, string-band jams, psyche-soul one-hits and a Carly Simon song.

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Jake Shimabukuro: Gently Weeps

Shimabukuro's latest is his first solo ukulele effort, and his compositions are slightly weakened in this stripped-down affair.

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Eufórquestra: Explorations in Afrobeat

It would be very very unkind to slag off Eufórquestra just because they are a band full of white dudes from Iowa City playing Afrobeat music.

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The Rodeo Carburettor: The Rodeo Carburettor

Dirty garage rock from the land of the rising sun, the Rodeo Carburettor bring the rawk in any language.

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21 Dec 2006 // 12:30 AM

Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

Poetic and pained, Letters from Iwo Jima is a war movie about loss and, almost worse, the anticipation of loss.

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Nurse with Wound: Rock N Roll Station

Reissue of Stephen Stapleton's hallucinatory mid-1990s excursion into the rhythmic possibilities of hip-hop.

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Count Basie: One Oclock Jump: The Very Best of Count Basie

modest sampler, immodestly billed, not unique, a few of Basie's best Columbia records.

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Turn Off the Stars: Turn Off the Stars

Thank you for existing, Turn Off the Stars.  In a wash of generic watered-down Keane and Coldplay knockoffs (which themselves were watered-down Radiohead knockoffs),

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