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	Wu-Tang Clan: Legend of the Wu-Tang: The Videos [DVD]

The Wu's particular virtues are such that the music video format has never made for a comfortable fit.

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Napoleon Dynamite: Like the Best Special Edition Ever (2004)

Napoleon Dynamite argues not only for the experience of being misunderstood, but also the gradual acceptance of knowing one is misunderstood.

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The book is an improvement over the first issue, but still is lacking a lot of what would make it a good story.

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15 Jun 2006 // 1:00 AM

Bobby Bare + Bobby Bare Jr.

Sure, it's a game of old-school show and tell, but who's showing who?

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15 Jun 2006 // 1:00 AM

Quipu by Arthur Sze

Sze is ultimately concerned with the most primary of all relationships: that between the mind and the world.

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15 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Matthew Sweet: Girlfriend

Girlfriend sounds as vibrant and essential as it did when it hit the streets 15 years ago.

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DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince: The Very Best of DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince

Now this is a story all about how hip-hop got flipped, turned upside down. And I'd like to take a minute, just sit right there, as we talk about Jeff and his friend in Bel-Air.

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15 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Mojave 3: Puzzles Like You

Mojave 3 sheds some of their signature weepy melancholy for an album more pop than country.

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George Duke: The Essential George Duke

Looking for some music from the "good ol' days"? Want to see what all that '70s fuss is about? Have you recently cleaned out your closet and rediscovered your Afro pick, bellbottoms, or photos of your disco-era dance moves? If that's even a "maybe", then this is the release for you.

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15 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Albert Lee: Road Runner

Guitarist Albert Lee's latest album is filled with covers, but with covers that the British guitarist makes into his own quite easily and effectively.

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15 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Pinmonkey: Big Shiny Cars

Pinmonkey's latest album is perfectly pleasant, but is so safe that it makes no inroads into the listener's mind, body, or soul.

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15 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Dumptruck: Haul of Fame

A band with nothing close to a hit still offers a compelling case as one of the best bands of the '80s and beyond.

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15 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Harvie S.: Funky Cha

Serious fun, jazz and Latin in full joyful marriage, nothing superficial about it.

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15 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Loka: Fire Shepards

What happens when familiar Ninja Tune jazz and breakbeat elements get rewired for live instrumentation with a post-rock slant? Greater flexibility allows for arrangements that can seamlessly progress, but just as seamlessly lose focus.

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	Various Artists: Red Hot + Blue [DVD]

Conceived as a multimedia AIDS awareness package, the re-release of this 15 year-old project succeeds when the message doesn't overpower the inherent strength and subtlety of Cole Porter's songs.

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The Love Letter Band: Fear Not My Brothers Fear Not My Sisters, for I Have Seen the Future

Just about everything you might expect a band with this name, who release their album on Valentine's Day, might sound like.

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Klimek: Music to Fall Asleep

Guitars add a lot to Klimek's ambience, but their presence doesn't stop an album called Music to Fall Asleep from working a little too well.

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Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch, Fats Kaplin: Lost John Dean

Take two of the finer singer-songwriters around, put them together for another album with a talented multi-instrumentalist, and what do you have? Nothing less than a fantastic record.

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14 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Heart of the Game (2006)

Ward Serrill's smart, challenging documentary traces not only Darnellia and Resler's complicated relationship, but also a series of stories concerning high school athletics, race and class, and most importantly, girls.

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Maurice el Medioni & Roberto Rodriguez: Descarga Oriental

It was pretty inevitable that these two culture-hopping nomads would find each other.

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20 Questions: Rachael Yamagata

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"After a four year break since her last album, Rachael Yamagata reveals a love of spreadsheets, a love for Streisand, and why it's totally OK to suck at playing guitar.

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