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30 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Slither (2006)

The ensuing slimy onslaught combines and exacerbates conventions familiar from alien invasion and zombie movies, with a bit of David Cronenberg's body transmorphology as well.

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30 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Drawing Restraint 9 (2005)

Sometimes, the film seems a lengthy Bjork music video -- confusing, beautiful, and somewhat ridiculous.

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C.S.A.: Confederate States of America (2004)

The most alarming thing about C.S.A.: Confederate States of America is how utterly unalarming it seems.

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30 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

ATL (2006)

Cinematography by Crash. Whatever else you might think about Chris Robinson's feature film debut, this credit for his longtime music video DP is certainly long overdue.

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30 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Ask the Dust (2006)

Colin Farrell's voiceover at the beginning of Ask the Dust makes it clear that Robert Towne's new film is in love with words.

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The Kronos Quartet / Terry Riley: Cadenza on the Night Plain

A classic recording of Terry Riley's string quartet music, reissued.

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30 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Amorphis: Eclipse

With a new vocalist leading the way, Amorphis sound reborn on their seventh full-length album.

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Joseph Israel: Gone Are the Days

Joseph Israel's debut splits the difference between Judaism and roots reggae, Jamaica and Arkansas.

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The Flaming Lips: At War with the Mystics

Finally, the punk rockers are going into orbit. Again.

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Electricity and drum will change your mind? You better believe it.

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Cocteau Twins: Lullabies to Violaine Volume 1

...and from vital to less vital in 14 years, 16 EPs, and two double-disc sets of opulent art-music.

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Ben Harper: Both Sides of the Gun

With his latest release, Ben Harper sets his sights on crafting his definitive statement with two barrels of lyricism, wit, and musicianship.

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30 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Akir: Legacy

If you're looking for an alternative to hip-hop's smorgasbord of "playas" (and you're not just a hata), Akir can get you thinking about rap's possibilities.

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Steril: 400 Years of Electronic Music

Steril summarizes their first 400 (give or take 390) years in the music biz, documenting the effect of evolution on an EBM band while they're at it.

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Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction (2006)

As in the first film, this premise -- that Catherine's plot is a series of lies -- is mildly interesting.

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30 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Jose Gonzalez

not to mention the radio. If only...

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30 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Unan1mous

The only 'enjoyment' we might derive is a burgeoning sense of superiority, as we realize that contestants will stoop ever lower in order to win an ever dwindling windfall.

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After the Victorians: The Decline of Britain in the World by A. N. Wilson

After the Victorians executes an especially tricky high-wire act in that Wilson manages to keep the tone engaging and almost intimately cordial without compromising anything in the way of authority.

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Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2005)

Jim Sheridan notes, 'There's no initiation anymore for young men. They just grow up and there's nowhere to put these confused feelings that they have.'"

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29 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Prince: 3121

Many of the classic elements of a Prince record are here, but it also feels considerably safer -- like a poorly concealed attempt to recapture past glories at the expense of his wilder creative muse.

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