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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning

That sound you hear in the background is "Taps". It's playing for the death of one of horrror's definitive icons at the hands of this hackneyed production.

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Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (2005)

The end result of this movie is almost meaningless compared to the simple sense of satisfaction Kouichi has taken from his journey.

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Stefano Bollani: Piano Solo

This is NOT background music. This is the TRUTH.

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Charlemagne Palestine and Tony Conrad: An Aural Symbiotic Mystery

Two pioneers in avant-garde music, separated by three decades and a lifetime of experience, join together again for a brilliantly dense, spiritually satisfying collaborative concert.

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Hendrik Meurkens: New York Samba Jazz Quintet

Meurkens doubles on vibes and harmonica, and Jed Levy guests on tenor sax and flute on this live date, to great effect. Jazz in Brazilian!

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The Manhattan Love Suicides: The Manhattan Love Suicides

A cathartically fuzzy love drone debut inspired by the Velvet Underground goes for the famed 15 minutes and shows its sonic youthfulness.

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Diane and the Shell: 30.000 Feet Tarantella

When you have an album where three of your songs are called “\\\” (I hate finding that line on the keyboard), then you know that all

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The Apples in Stereo: New Magnetic Wonder

After a five-year hiatus the Apples in Stereo are back with their very own Smile -- New Magnetic Wonder combines the dazzling, sunbleached pop of yore with a phenomenal wall-of-sound production that does not beg to be heard -- it demands it.

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4 Feb 2007 // 11:00 PM

Training Camp Hip-Hop Showcase

In martial-arts movies, victory only materialized after a soon-to-be champion demonstrated the five foundational disciplines of success: hard work, self-motivation, commitment, critical thinking, and structure. It's the same in hip-hop.

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4 Feb 2007 // 9:03 PM

Mas Rapido!: Pity Party

Two mainstays of the Parasol label responsible for this rowdy, rootsy rock album.

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4 Feb 2007 // 9:02 PM

Food: Forever Is a Dream

Food, a relatively obscure Chicago group who released their only album, Forever Is a Dream, in 1969, get the reissue treatment from Fallout

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4 Feb 2007 // 9:01 PM

Massonix: Subtracks

UK producer Graham Massey’s resume should speak for itself.  He was a founding member of pioneering acid house outfit 808 State, has remixed artists

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4 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

The Weeping Meadow (2004)

Angelopoulos is a filmmaker who deserves to be seen on a large-scale theatre screen, but always, his work should be seen.

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4 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Tyrone Wells: Hold On

Skinny bald-headed Tyrone Wells has a great voice. Let's start there: dude can wail.

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My Reality Check Bounced! by Jason Ryan Dorsey

Dorsey has never met a cliché he can't embrace.

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Teitur: Stay Under the Stars

Stay Under the Stars is admittedly unremarkable, but it's unremarkable in such a unique, gratifying way that one cannot help but be drawn to it.

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4 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

FemBots: The City

What started years ago as a home-studio pastime between two friends ultimately evolved into an engaging album of ten highly textured alt-country tracks that still feature the duo's usual quirkiness, but is subdued by all the greatest elements of rock, folk and country.

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4 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Rules of Engagement

Girls want intimacy, while all guys want are spectacular and exotic sex acts. Urgh.

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4 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Final Fantasy XII

Will real-time combat revolutionize Final Fantasy or ruin it?

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Idan Raichel: The Idan Raichel Project

When The Idan Raichel Project first arrived in my mailbox last year I was trying to think of ten albums that I could put in a list to mark the end of 2006 and I liked this one so much that I almost included it.

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