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Faris Nourallah: Near the Sun

Faris Nourallah hides a complex worldview in direct pop songs. Smile as you resolve those philosophical dilemmas.

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10 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

South Filthy: Crackin Up

If you admire blues and Budweiser more than booksmarts and would readily forgo lyrical prowess for rough and ready swagger... you might just classify Crackin' Up in the category of Great Works.

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10 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

MONO: You Are There

MONO catches up to its legendary live experience not via brute force, but through an exquisite display of melodic and dynamic subtlety.

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	David Bowie: Serious Moonlight [DVD]

Serious Moonlight captures Bowie at the point where he began to falter. Even worse, it's a testament to the glossy absurdity of the '80s.

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7 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Syn: Syndestructible

The pre-Yes group, featuring a member of Yes, return during a lull in Yes to create music that, yes, sounds somewhat like Yes if Yes weren't Yes anymore. Confused? Get in line.

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7 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Young People: All at Once

As much as I may like Young People, I really wanted to love them. An uninspiring new album makes that much more difficult.

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7 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Take the Lead (2006)

There's something disturbing about the recent proliferation of films with this 'save the inner city kids' motif.

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7 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Phat Girlz (2006)

If Phat Girlz is about desire, for viewers even more than actors or characters, it is also about how that desire is constructed by images.

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Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor) (2004)

Like the forces of Light and Darkness, Art and Commerce work within a negotiated, often tense, Armistice, as they have for hundreds of years.

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7 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lucky Number Slevin (2005)

Despite the title of the movie he lives in, Slevin (Josh Hartnett) is only partly lucky.

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7 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things (2006)

Based on the 'autobiographical' work of J.T. Leroy, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things announces itself as 'unreliable'.

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7 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Friends with Money (2006)

'Poor Olivia' (Jennifer Aniston), as her friends call her, is actually poor, at least compared to them.

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7 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Brick (2005)

Brendan, with the glasses, makes it his business to see what's going on, being the usual noir guy who walks mean streets.

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Paper Moon: Broken Hearts Break Faster Every Day

Slow, dreamy, and reflective, Broken Hearts Break Faster Every Day is perfect Sunday morning listening.

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Amandine: Leave Out the Sad Parts

Amandine's spare pop-folk sounds, gently accompanied by strings or muted brass or mellotron, are softly-observed, pretty pieces that can't for the life of them annoy.

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Jive 5: Collectors Gold Series

This is no jive: the true story of doo wop by a great vocal group that arrived late on the scene.

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Eagles of Death Metal: Death by Sexy

You know you'll feel like trash tomorrow, but you're going home with Death By Sexy anyway.

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Mr. E of RPS Fam: Diplomatic Affairs

Diplomatic Affairs is a mixed bag, but there's enough good stuff here to make it worth checking out. DipSet marks will like it special.

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Puerto Muerto: Songs of Muerto County

All horror film sounds tracks need not be horrifying or horrible.

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Black Ox Orkestar: Nisht Azoy

Black Ox Orkestar bring a darkly serious tone to the world of folk music.

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