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Lansing-Dreiden: The Dividing Island

At what point does a piece of music turn from artful homage to unintentional parody?

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Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti: Lover Boy

It’s fun to take a trip down a nostalgic path that never existed in the first place.

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11 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Little Willies: The Little Willies

Restrained and polished, the Little Willies are the perfect example of a democracy that needs a dictator.

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11 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Concretes: In Colour

Although nostalgia is the album's overwhelming theme, if you're bewitched by The Concretes' backward-looking Technicolor pop, there's no need to feel like you've been duped.

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Sunset Rubdown: Shut Up I Am Dreaming

Spencer Krug steps out from under the shadow of Wolf Parade to shine a light on his more morose and introspective inclinations.

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Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands: Snake in the Radio

On his solo debut, Pickerel proves there is life after grunge -- and it's Americana!

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Stella Chiweshe: Double Check

Since the early '90s, Piranha has worked to establish Chiweshe's reputation as the world's premier player of the mbira ... Double Check thoroughly cements that reputation, and even augments it.

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Grandaddy: Just Like the Fambly Cat

What happened to the family cat? I guess that, after a frequently brilliant 14-year career, she realized she was running out of ideas and decided to slink away on her own terms. Cats are like that.

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10 May 2006 // 3:00 AM

Army of Shadows (1969)

In Jean-Pierre Melville's 1969 film, shadows conceal men whose only moral principle and greatest crime is the desire for freedom.

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10 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

Gorillaz

One demonic day and another in clear color...

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10 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

Black Hole by Charles Burns

It's Dazed and Confused meets X-Men by way of whatever schlock horror film is at the multiplex this week -- only, you know, without any of the subtext you would usually find in a Richard Linklater film, an X-Men comic book, or your average horror movie.

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Various Artists: Compost Black Label Series Vol. 1

LCD Soundsystem, Tiga, Q-Burns Abstract Message, and Ian Pooley all have the right idea: Thumbs up for this groovily eclectic comp from the previously vinyl-only collection.

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10 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

AFX: Chosen Lords

Aphex Twin proves that music can be memorable without hooks or readily identifiable melodies.

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10 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Stills: Without Feathers

The "Canadian Interpol" significantly changes their sound. Reinventions rarely come as uninspiring as this.

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Michael Coleman and the Delmark All-Stars: Blues Brunch at the Mart

I'm glad I didn't miss this seriously interesting CD. Don't underestimate it.

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American Princes: Less and Less

It's always nice to make new friends. The American Princes let their guard down and kill us with kindness.

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Soledad Brothers: The Hardest Walk

Soledad Brothers are blooming into a great rock and roll band right before our eyes.

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10 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Scott Walker: The Drift

Walker has created a dense nightmare world on The Drift that -- in all its bloody, crawling glory -- is as boldly profound a comment on our times as has emerged so far this century.

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Paul  Shapiro: Its in the Twilight

More electrifying Jewish jazz from John Zorn's imprint, Tzadik.

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9 May 2006 // 3:00 AM

Free Zone (2005)

The first shot of Amos Gitai's new film is arresting. Natalie Portman cries for eight minutes.

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