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Nouvelle Vague: Bande a Part

French Bossa Nova enthusiasts release another batch of reimagined new wave covers.

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2 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Nina Nastasia: On Leaving

On Leaving might as well be called On Ageing and Disillusionment.

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Modwheelmood: Enemies and Immigrants

When he isn’t with Trent Reznor, or biting the hand that feeds, Nine Inch Nails’ band member Alessandro Cortini has a side project called

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Stefon Harris: African Tarantella: Dances with Duke

Rooted in the past, vibraphonist Stefon Harris blossoms on his new disc, staking a personal claim on the legacy of a jazz hero.

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30 Sep 2006 // 4:00 PM

Elf Power

may dream in color, but is their screen slowly turning black?

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29 Sep 2006 // 8:00 AM

The Receiver: Decades

If you can let go and float along with the Receiver, their Decades is a lovely little escape.

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Mr. Tube and the Flying Objects: Listen Up

We may not know who Mr. Tube is, but we do know he writes a decent tune.

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29 Sep 2006 // 5:10 AM

Jesus Camp (2006)

If you take as a starting point that any image and any subject is political, a point this film makes regarding the Kids on Fire Camp, then you might also understand that politics in itself is not the problem.

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29 Sep 2006 // 4:00 AM

Bosque Brown: Cerro Verde

Hurricane Katrina tests but does not shake the faith of Mara Lee Miller, who finds solace and musical inspiration in the storm.

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The Science of Sleep (La Science des rêves) (2006)

Written and directed by the ever inventive Michel Gondry, The Science of Sleep is a gorgeous, weird, mesmeric movie, with adorable animated reveries to represent Stéphane's subjective state.

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29 Sep 2006 // 2:00 AM

Renaissance (2006)

Illusion is frequently the threat in noir (the dark alley hides a killer, the femme is fatale), but the SF angle in Renaissance tweaks the possibilities.

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29 Sep 2006 // 2:00 AM

Brothers and Sisters

Brothers and Sisters is a confusing jumble of storylines involving the Walker family, most of them unoriginal.

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Dirt Road Logic: Great Lake Heart Ache

Coming down the same road as previous alt. country bands like The Drive-By Truckers and Old 97’s, Dirt Road Logic are intent on keep the

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29 Sep 2006 // 1:00 AM

Jet Lis Fearless (Huo Yuan Jia) (2006)

Twenty-five years after his first martial arts movie appearance, Jet Li is retiring from the genre he helped to popularize in the West, with a film that looks both forward and back.

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29 Sep 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Guardian (2006)

Early snickers greeting The Guardian's trailers took an easy target. Kevin Costner in water: dude, it couldn't be good.

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School for Scoundrels (2006)

Amanda is demoted from object of desire to prop, so wan and undirected that she'll fall for whoever happens to be winning the boys' contest at any given moment.

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Ezekiel Honig: Scattered Practices

Danger: can cause drowsiness; do not operate motor vehicles or fast-spinning, sharp-toothed chainsaw while under the influence of this record.

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29 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Chancellorpink: Chancellorpink

Just because it's possible to record and produce a CD alone doesn't mean you couldn't use a helping hand.

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My Freshman Year by Rebekah Nathan

It's a shame that this book is so disappointing, because Nathan/Small is right about its need.

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29 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Fell #1-6

Which is better: monthly comic books or trade paperback collections?

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