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Halifax: The Inevitablility of a Strange World

Never before in my years of being a music critic have I walked away from an album with not a single track to recommend. Congratulations Halifax: you're the first.

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9 Oct 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Bachelor: Rome

If "Prince" Lorenzo "P-Lo" Borghese really wants to find the love of his life, he'd be better off paying eHarmony $250 a year. But where would be the fun in that?

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9 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Girls (1968)

This is the sort of investigational piece that no filmmaker would dare to tackle today for fear of alienating the popular ticket-buying audience: young men and families.

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Tom Zé: Estudando o Pagode

When so few albums are either entertaining from start to finish or have anything of import to communicate, Tom Zé's smart and zany Estudando o Pagode offers the best of both worlds.

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Divas and Scholars by Philip Gossett

This book attempts to come to grips with the sometimes rather fraught intersection between the scholarly ideal and the practical exigencies of the stage.

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9 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Pride of Baghdad

There is no cheap, theatrical melodrama or long, pseudo-Shakespearian deathbed monologues here, leaving us with no easy comforts and little else but the quick, unforgiving finality.

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Electronic: Get the Message: The Best of Electronic

Electronic may have only been a side-project of a supergroup, but for its brief life it provided some of the best dance-pop of the '90s.

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Bruce Springsteen: We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions

The song "American Land" is what would happen if Bruce and Shane MacGowan ran into each other and - you may want to sit down for this hypothesis - started drinking.

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Louis Armstrong: Live in 59 [DVD]

Armstrong’s smiling countenance is the perfect foil for his remarkable technical skills; his interaction with both audience and band is wonderfully disarming, making the music even more accessible.

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Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3: Olé! Tarantula

If you like catchy guitar pop with imaginative lyrics, Olé! Tarantula deserves a spot on your shelves.

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9 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Alexisonfire: Crisis

Already stars in Canada, it's the perfect time for Alexisonfire to meet with similar success south of the border.

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9 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Hazmat Modine: Bahamut

Bahamut is old New York huckster showmanship, hopping with exaggeration and bravura; it's also a cross-cultural collaboration, a celebration of pre-1950s American musical pop culture, and a polished piece of work.

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Hour of the Wolf: Power of the Wolf

The Hour of the Wolf’s EP isn’t an hour long, rather a third of that duration. Nonetheless, they do have some power over

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Plutonic Lab: Codes Over Colours

Codes Over Colours, which was released back home in Australia at the end of last year, is Plutonic's third solo album, and reflects a busy, confident producer at the top of his game.

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Thomas Dybdahl: One Day Youll Dance For Me, New York City

Norwegian singer-songwriter makes good with New York City.

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Black Helicopter: Invisible Jet

Bored indie rockers never take flight on debut.

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)

You know a trend has crested and collapsed by the time Michael Bay gets a hold of it.

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6 Oct 2006 // 4:05 AM

Little Children (2006)

If Little Children is pedantic and sometimes smug in its judgments, it is also painful.

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Hairshirt: Lover Politician

Neither itchy, uncomfortable, nor R.E.M., this EP is a solid if middle of the road mix of '80s influences.

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6 Oct 2006 // 2:00 AM

The Departed (2006)

The Departed's understanding of identity is deeply rooted in place and culture -- South Boston, Irish Catholicism, masculine rituals.

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"After a four year break since her last album, Rachael Yamagata reveals a love of spreadsheets, a love for Streisand, and why it's totally OK to suck at playing guitar.

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