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20 Feb 2007 // 9:02 PM

Various Artists: Om: Chilled

San Francisco-based Om Records has released a lot of quality downtempo electronica and chillout house music over the years, especially on its “Mushroom Jazz” and “

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20 Feb 2007 // 9:02 PM

Dredg: Live at the Fillmore

As far as live albums go, it’s fairly rare for a release to reach the status of a How the West Was Won or

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Various Artists: The Ultimate Stupido Sampler (Before the Next One)

Helsinki’s Stupido is an independent pop label with a roster of bands who perform in English and Finnish. On this sampler we get to

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Four Letter Lie: Let Your Body Take Over

Four Letter Lie are intent on making sure that you know they are hardcore “emo”. How else to explain the Alexisonfire-by-numbers effort of “Full Tilt

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Bridge to Terabithia (2007)

Where other "kids' films" might instruct or condescend, Bridge to Terabithia treats children like what they will eventually become: grown-ups.

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Southern Culture on the Skids: Countrypolitan Favorites

This SCOTS curveball, an ode to Nashville's countrypolitan sound, actually makes a ton of sense.

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20 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop 2

It's almost like this game is telling kids that it's OK to be mediocre, that they shouldn't even bother to exert any effort to do a great job.

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Elisabeth Withers: It Can Happen to Anyone

Dear Oprah, I know you're busy. But you should start a music club. And I know which CD you should select first.

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Nemesis by Chalmers Johnson

Ultimately, Johnson lays out a troubling barrage of facts to buttress his case, but it's an avalanche as opposed to a finely articulated trickle.

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20 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Edi (2002)

Edi was obviously made with good intentions, and probably on a low budget, so criticizing it feels a bit like beating up on a small kid.

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Eyeless in Gaza: Plague of Years

Plague of Years proves itself to be a frustrating, difficult... ultimately pointless listen.

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The Colour: Between Earth and Sky

The Colour has the unfortunate timing of following in the footsteps of another, more competent and similar contemporary.

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KISS: KISSology: The Ultimate KISS Collection Vol. I 1974-1977 [DVD]

You wanted the best, you got the best … the hottest band in the world on DVD, KISS.

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Bobby Conn: King For a Day

We all can be kings for a day, but remember tomorrow to be back at work. In the meantime it's important to party.

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Richard Swift: Dressed Up for the Letdown

What artist in any field wouldn’t want to be the new Beatles and transform the world? Swift consistently expresses grand ambitions and great feelings, which should be applauded.

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20 Feb 2007 // 8:59 PM

A Bee in the Mouth: Anger in America Now by Peter Wood

"New Anger" traced to those '60s liberals in A Bee in the Mouth.

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20 Feb 2007 // 2:51 AM

Hannibal Rising (2007)

Hannibal's executions of the "primal scene" cannibals reveal his inclination for bizarre yuckiness.

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19 Feb 2007 // 9:03 PM

Cheeseburger: Cheeseburger

Cheeseburger's one of the more aptly-named bands out there right now.

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19 Feb 2007 // 9:02 PM

Jan Jelinek: Tierbeobachtungen

More atmospheric complexity from Jan Jelinek

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19 Feb 2007 // 9:02 PM

Geir Jenssen: Cho Oyu 8201m

Geir Jenssen, who also goes under the name of Biosphere, lives in a town in northern Norway and assembles soundscapes. The noises he uses in

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