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Snoop Dogg: Tha Blue Carpet Treatment

Snoop Dogg invites a bunch of friends to the studio, records a small army of songs, accomplishes not much of anything.

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3 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Danava: Danava

Portland's Danava takes the "hip" out of hipster metal on its decidedly unfashionable debut.

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3 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Okami

The world is literally a moving painting and from the fluttering grass to the chirping birds and animated townspeople, everything feels absolutely alive.

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Various Artists: ESL Remixed: The 100th Release of ESL Music

A reinvigorating take on the polished sounds of ESL, putting careful craft to better use.

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Math and Physics Club: Math and Physics Club

For those searching for an album of genuine notions and enchanting melodies, this one just might be the perfect fit.

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Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood: Out Louder

The jammy sequel of Scofield's brilliant A Go Go appears at last.

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Lake featuring Cormega: My Brothers Keeper

Let's say two rappers team up to represent on one album. Is there a danger that one of them might overshadow the other? Absolutely.

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Various Artists: Version Dread

In these 18 tracks you will hear some of the most seminal basslines in music history.

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Various Artists: High Tech Soul: The Creation of Techno Music [DVD]

A compelling picture of techno music in the context of Detroit, but I have a feeling the definitive statement on the place of techno music in American and world pop culture has yet to be made.

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3 Dec 2006 // 4:00 PM

The Addams Family: Volume One

The Addams Family slyly questioned society's conventions and mirrored the social upheaval of the times, when the safe and normal Camelot of the '50s gave way to the turbulent '60s.

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1 Dec 2006 // 5:06 AM

10 Items or Less (2006)

"Small" would be the most apt word to describe 10 Items, which, as its title suggests, means to contain and concentrate its energy.

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1 Dec 2006 // 4:05 AM

Turistas (2006)

The so-called Third World wreaks vengeance on a bevy of beautiful Caucasians in Turistas.

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1 Dec 2006 // 2:30 AM

The Nativity Story (2006)

When word of Catherine Hardwicke's attachment to The Nativity Story first surfaced, the possibilities swirled: what if the film reimagined the about-14-year-old Mary as a recognizable teenager?

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Kill the Vultures: The Careless Flame

When Kill the Vultures frontman Alexei Casselle, a.k.a. MC Crescent Moon, sings that moonshine “goes down rough, but it’s good for your

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Mustafa Ozkent: Gençlik Ile Elele

Ozkent was a nationalist, but he blends his Turkish folk influences so perfectly into the modernity of the psyche-jazz-funk that you might not even notice them.

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30 Nov 2006 // 9:02 PM

Two If By Sea: Safety

Baltimore’s Two If by Sea have more in common with bands across the big ocean than they do anyone in their own city. Rich,

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30 Nov 2006 // 9:01 PM

Dmonstrations: Dmonstrations EP

Raw post-punk from Japanese/American group is, almost, compelling.

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Walt Disney, The Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler

The first half of Neal Gabler's meaty tome on 20th-century America's favorite uncle has the unexpected effect of making a reader want to watch cartoons.

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30 Nov 2006 // 9:00 PM

Coloured Balls: Ball Power

Like an Australian MC5, this unjustly obscure early 1970s band took the vehicle of early Little Richard-style rock 'n' roll and remodeled it into a dragster.

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Sarah McLachlan: Wintersong

McLachlan’s holiday album captures that frosty winter mood like hot apple cider and barren-leaved, snow-ladden trees.

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