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The Decemberists: The Crane Wife

The Crane Wife is a record of steely voices and beautiful sounds and striking images, of poetry in more senses than one.

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11 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Nine: Series Premiere

It is less an indictment of American social breakdowns than pabulum for suburban narcissists.

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11 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Color of the Sea by John Hamamura

Hamamura's background bestows him with tremendous understanding of both Japanese and American psyches.

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Sparklehorse: Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain

Sparklehorse's first album in five years finds a vein of beauty in gloomy experimental folk

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Amos Lee: Supply and Demand

Supply and Demand is a well-paced effort that improves on the elements that made Lee’s debut a noteworthy release among (primarily) the Starbucks set.

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11 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Talent #1

Reading the first issue is like skimming through a hit parade of some of sci-fi and pop culture's greatest hits from the past 15 years.

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10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America (2006)

The resulting crazy quilt of content adds an extra layer to the overall argument about the power of a single incident to inexplicably change the course of events.

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Robert Callender: Le Museé de LImpressionnisme

Anyone up for a super-obscure Euro-funk concept album about French painting?

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Brazilian Girls: Talk To La Bomb

A mature and assured sophomore effort proves Brazilian Girls are not just another dance floor act.

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11 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Maria Muldaur: Heart of Mine

Don't let the sugar-sweet candy coating keep you from what's inside, because the music is pretty good and the singing is excellent.

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11 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Helmet: Monohrome

Aptly titled, Monochrome shows that Helmet lacks any musical color -- or interesting ideas, compelling music, or songs that even remotely stick in the mind.

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The Clique: Sugar on Sunday: The Definitive Collection

First-rate 1960s bubblegum pop from the band that originally performed "Superman", later popularized by R.E.M.

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11 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ghost of Mae Nak (2005)

This is a modern, but alas, substandard, interpretation of an enduring classic horror story.

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Fresh Mowed Lawn: Fresh Mowed Lawn

I wasn’t sure what to make of Fresh Mowed Lawn during the initial moments, but following a lush opening, the group hits its stride

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The Paper Chase: Now You Are One of Us

Strange, ominous, and engaging, the Paper Chase coufound and captivate.

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It's a bit tedious, but Michael Zapruder's latest album is also very, very pretty.

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10 Oct 2006 // 4:00 AM

A good performance is derailed somewhat by an inferior package.

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10 Oct 2006 // 3:06 AM

Friday Night Lights

Once the football game started in last week's premiere episode of Friday Night Lights, the clichés came fast and hard, but still, compelling.

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Organic and grimy, yet noisily industrial, music from an abandoned bunker in New Zealand makes you look at the world a little bit differently.

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10 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Art School Confidential (2006)

While director Terry Zwigoff seemed to have held the patent on this sort of offbeat tone in his past work, his kooky rudeness is his undoing, here

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