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Various Artists: The Source Presents Fat Tape Compilation Volume One

These thug tales provide an escape from the safety of the suburbs. Danger lurks everywhere on the songs here.

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12 Nov 2006 // 5:00 PM

Chris Thile and Hilary Hahn

Sure, trained musicians play most music from memory. But it isn’t everyday that a mandolin player busts into Bach. Especially one from Nickel Creek.

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Sven Libaek: Inner Space: The Lost Film Music of Sven Libaek

There's a lightness of touch and a breezy, jazzy atmosphere to these 12 Sven Libaek Australian film-score compositions from the '60s and '70s.

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12 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Dig Dug

Dig Dug further cements Namco's image as fortunate sons of context and circumstance.

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12 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Counterclockwise

Like the light cycles in Tron, you're in control of futuristic vehicles that leave solid walls in their wakes.

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12 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Starlit Zone Fighter

You're a disembodied head spitting fruit at all manner of monsters. Any questions?

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12 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Ira: The Body And The Soil

Germany's Ira is a group that wants to rock out, but ends up plodding along.

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12 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Annuals: Be He Me

At best an ambitious amalgamation of impeccably curated influences, Annuals' debut fails to endear or distinguish itself.

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12 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Shutting Out the Sun by Michael Zielenziger

Author Michael Zielenzeger toiled as a newspaper reporter in Japan for almost a decade, bearing witness to the soulless materialism and closed-mindedness that's helped run that once-proud nation asunder.

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12 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Joanna Newsom: Ys

And we all fall down slack-jawed to marvel at Joanna Newsom.

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12 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

U2: U2: The Joshua Tree

Originally released in 2000, this film explores the making of U2's masterpiece that forever changed the landscape of rock.

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12 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Enigma: A Posteriori

Enigma? You betcha. Only this latest riddle is trapped inside a problem of going to the well 12 too many times with a formula that, while interesting at times, is just far too stoic and stale.

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Whitey: The Light at the End of the Tunnel Is a Train

The problem with constructing a sound almost exclusively out of obvious influences is that it's easy to become defined by a tame sense of craftsmanship.

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12 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

The Da Vinci Code (2006)

If religion, to paraphrase Oscar Wilde, is the fashionable substitute for belief, then The Da Vinci Code, judging by author Dan Brown’s quasi religious following, has asserted itself as the fashionable substitute for religion

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12 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Mark Feldman: What Exit

Downtown violinist supreme makes his ECM debut.

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African Head Charge: Off the Beaten Track

To walk the path from the Upsetta to Electronica, you must get Off The Beaten Track.

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12 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Giuseppe Andrews: Giants

Like listening to the soundtrack to a primal scream session, or cracking open a crazy man's cranium and sneaking a peak inside, this twisted troubadour crafts one of the most satisfying -- and ominous -- soundscapes in recent memory.

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Skip Heller: Mean Things Happening in This Land

Organ, guitar, and drums has been a standard hack format, so perhaps it's another quirk of Heller's to use it for something quirkily interesting.

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9 Nov 2006 // 11:00 PM

Tim Hecker: Harmony in Ultraviolet

While “Whitecaps of White Noise” is in fact the title of a standout two-part suite for static and disintegrating synthesizer from Tim Hecker’s latest

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Red Sparowes: Every Red Heart Shines Towards the Red Sun

The Red Sparowes’ Every Red Heart Shines Towards the Red Sun contains elements that are driving building to elements that are fast, and the resultant

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