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Doctor? Yes, it’s about patient Downtown Singapore. I’m not sure yet, but their debut seems to display a terminal lack of hooks.

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It rewards attention and re-listens. It's not music you can slap onto an iPod or run while you balance a checkbook.

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22 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Various: Traveler ‘06

Six Degrees Records returns to their definitive Traveler series with this classy collection of electronically reworked traditional music from all over the world.

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	Funkmaster Flex: Carshow Tour [CD +DVD]

Do you like Spike TV?"

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22 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Rolling Stones

Omaha Rock City: Four decades later, the Stones remain strangely vital.

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The Postmodern Preacher: The Rise of Bishop T.D. Jakes by Shayne Lee

I get the sense Lee is saying, 'Don't hate the player, hate the game.' In other words, ye among us who would not accept multimillion-dollar book deals, recording contracts and public acclaim cast the first stone.

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21 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Magnet: The Tourniquet

Third full-length from Even Johansen (his second as Magnet) is a warm but unadventurous rehash of gooey sentimentalisms and optimistic buzzwords.

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21 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Burst: Origo

Chaos and beauty collide on what is certain to be the Swedish band’s breakthrough disc.

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21 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Andrew Hill: Time Lines

The stalwart post-bop pianist returns (again) to Blue Note with a combination of daring and remembrance.

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21 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

AM Syndicate: Empire

Indie collective or rock supergroup, either way, this debut makes a strong bid for early year-end list placement.

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21 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Carlos Barbosa-Lima: Carioca

If you don't listen to a lot of Brazilian music, you'll have to kind of re-adjust your ears for this one.

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21 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Daniel Ash: Come Alive

Ash has not one, not two, not three, but four impressive back-catalogs to draw from on this better-than-expected live document.

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Gamble Brothers Band: Continuator

Memphis may be alive, but so are plants. The Gamble Brothers take a forgettable stroll through the Memphis bar-band tradition.

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21 Feb 2006 // 11:00 PM

Alif Tree: French Cuisine

It is essentially that rarest of artifacts -- a splendid album that aspires to nothing more than creating a sustained mood through the application of superlative musicianship.

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	Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: The Road to God Knows Where/Live at the Paradiso [DVD]

Nick Cave has always seemed misplaced, of another era. An Australian whose '60s-retro skinny suits and 19th century face have lived all over Europe, Cave looks and sings like an old soul.

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	Cream: Royal Albert Hall, London, May 2-3-5-6, 2005 [DVD]

After a long absence, God... err, Eric Clapton has returned, and along with Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce, has resurrected the deity known as Cream.

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Collecting is an intellectual quest, a school of philosophy dedicated to the advancement not just of the graphic art form, but of the whole human race.

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21 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Arrested Development

Arrested Development went down uncompromised, with guns a-blazing and showing no remorse over its own potential demise.

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The Dark Side of the Moon: The Making of the Pink Floyd Masterpiece by John Harris

Tellingly, you get a better sense of the synthesizer's personality than the band's. Were the Floyd just following 'the English way', or were they dull, arrogant bastards? You decide.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Anniversary Edition) (1961)

I suppose we should just count ourselves fortunate Capote didn't write any Indian characters into Breakfast at Tiffany's, otherwise Blake Edwards might have asked Peter Sellers to break out the boot polish.

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Double Take: 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' (1969)

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"The two Steves at Double Take are often mistaken for Paul Newman and Robert Redford; so it's appropriate that they shoot it out over Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

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