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Ben Goldberg: The Door, the Hat, the Chair, the Fact

Tenderness and meditative beauty, from the legit chamber music fringe of jazz.

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2 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Black Keys: Chulahoma

One of the best blues musicians ever, covered by one of the only bands to do him justice.

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Anouar Brahem: Le Voyage de Sahar

The sound is spacious, but appropriately warm for an album meant to evoke the desert of Northern Africa and which, instead, evokes no one place, no one genre, and no one time.

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The Boy Least Likely To: The Best Party Ever

I'd challenge the sourest cynic to sit through the album's 12 songs without breaking into a smile.

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1 May 2006 // 4:00 PM

Red Sox vs. Yankees: The Ultimate Rivalry

Red Sox vs. Yankees comes off as little more than an ill-conceived plan to exploit our collective love of a suddenly downtrodden rivalry for monetary gain.

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King of the Hill: The Complete Season Six

King of the Hill: The Complete Sixth Season, like the last few Hill DVD sets, suffers from underappreciation, yet it's one of the few recent sitcoms worth talking about.

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I Love Lucy: The Complete Sixth Season

In the end, the grind was just too great, though I Love Lucy was still the number one show when it closed up shop.

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Dinosaurs: The Complete First and Second Seasons

Whereas Dinosaurs' message-based storytelling would have seemed preachy in the mouths of live-action performers, a seven-foot tall Megalosaurus can get downright nasty when inveighing on the ills of modern, er, prehistoric society.

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1 May 2006 // 4:00 PM

The Warrior (2005)

The warrior tries to lose himself in the Himalayas, where, director Asif Kapadia says, they used fans to blow sand, which clogged machinery and nostrils: 'I will not be doing a sandstorm shoot again in a hurry, I tell you.'"

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Kenny Rogers: Legend of the Gambler (1980, 1983, 1987)

The movies echo the original tune, an odd combination of existential weariness and jaunty bravado, via buddy-movie heroics and a surprisingly hard-edged family melodrama.

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1 May 2006 // 4:00 PM

The Family Stone (2005)

In trying to balance the competing forces of farce and pathos, the film is at times funny and moving, though there are so many characters and subplots that some get lost in the shuffle.

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1 May 2006 // 4:00 PM

Delicatessen (1992)

There is always something to look at in this film, even in the unsavory parts.

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1 May 2006 // 3:00 AM

Kinky Boots (2006)

Chiwetel Ejiofor is the reason to see Kinky Boots. Always charismatic and compelling, he is here also fabulous.

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1 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee's fingers still sting the ivories, even if, these days, there's not a whole lotta shakin' going on.

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1 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

Destination America: The People and Cultures That Created a Nation

The series emphasizes how admirable immigration policies have made the U.S. prosperous and intellectually robust. Unfortunately, this sometimes has the effect of glossing over history's complications.

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1 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

King Dork by Frank Portman

There's a lot that separates King Dork from, say, Harry Potter. First off, although much has been made of his continuing maturation, Harry Potter has yet to receive a blowjob.

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David Byrne and Brian Eno: My Life in the Bush of Ghosts

Whereas oftentimes the album has been described as "influential", I think a better term would be prescient. Influence is an extremely tricky field to measure -- it is easier to say merely that the album was amazingly accurate in its predictions.

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Various Artists: The DFA Remixes: Chapter One

New compilation from acclaimed Manhattan-based duo includes remixes of Gorillaz, Fischerspooner, and Le Tigre.

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1 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Pearl Jam: Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam's best record in a decade.

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1 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Shogun Kunitoki: Tasankokaiku

Treat this one with care; it's worth it.

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