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Various Artists: Jukebox Buddha

The common thread of the Buddha Machine is simply not enough to provide the sense of purpose necessary for an effective ambient release.

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Oliver Nelson: Screamin’ the Blues

This seminal Oliver Nelson session often sounds like a conversation amongst the cutting edge, celebrating the past whilst pointing toward the future.

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David Bowie: David Bowie: Under Review 1976 - 1979: The Berlin Trilogy [DVD]

Unless you're already a huge fan, it would be hard to justify laying out the cash for the hit-and-miss budget documentary Under Review 1976 - 1979: The Berlin Trilogy.

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John Gorka: Writing in the Margins

A folk troubadour from New Jersey!

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Teitur: Stay Under the Stars

Not straying far from his impressive debut, Teitur continues writing thoughtful, at times somber, songs that tug at your heart. Hell, even "Great Balls of Fire" sounds like a psalm here.

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J.P. Shilo: As Happy As Sad Is Blue

Shilo has captured the rather fine line between tension and tedium.

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20 Dec 2006 // 8:59 PM

The Trouble with Physics by Lee Smolin

The rise of string theory began a period filled with tantalizing near-miss formulations that continues until today.

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20 Dec 2006 // 1:30 AM

Rocky Balboa (2006)

Rocky Balboa traces its own kind of full circle, linking art and populism, politics and dreams.

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Rick Brockner: Black Mountain Brew

Cheesiness of the marketing aside, Rick Brockner’s Black Mountain Brew is a soothing, enjoyable, if not revolutionary acoustic folk record.

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Steve Almaas and Ali Smith: You Showed Me

Americana and pop from post-Cracker laureatte and his winsome partner.

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19 Dec 2006 // 9:01 PM

Seht: The Green Morning

The Green Morning is about empty space, barren metallic wastelands, and post-nuclear landscapes.

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19 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

The Brian Jonestown Massacre

When Anton Newcombe picked on his band members relentlessly, they rose to his challenges. But what's up now that he's "Free and Easy?"

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19 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon

If The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, with its equations, charts and diagrams, revels in pushing the ways in which a novel’s boundaries can stretch, then A Spot of Bother’s charm lies in the generosity in which it fills a novel’s traditional boundaries.

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19 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

The Legends: Public Radio

The album in question can be summed up in one word: horrid.

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Rudresh Mahanthappa: Codebook

The rising alto saxophone star makes music from cryptography play as sharp and clear as noon.

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19 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Styles P: Time is Money

The LOX-member's second solo effort delivers lyrical maturity and smooth beats, however the host of notable guests overpower Styles P's... err... style.

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George Michael: Twenty Five

George Michael has come full circle in making peace with his sexuality. If album charts are any indication, he hasn't lost many listeners in the process.

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Nirvana: Nirvana - In Utero, A Classic Album Under Review [DVD]

Oft-repeated insights, well-understood points . . . little new to say, here.

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Grave Danger: A Zombie Noir Tale

Grave Danger is a long short story interspersed with pedestrian black and white artwork by Fox featuring Graves toting guns and babes through a series of bars and graveyards.

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19 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Mayday!: Mayday!

Miami rap-duo reached online star status with a video for the single that became a YouTube phenomenon literally overnight.

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