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Medeski, Martin & Wood: Note Bleu

MMW's jammy Blue Note years, collected, with the addition of several unreleased tracks and a DVD of the band live-in-grooveloving-concert

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25 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Tapes ‘n Tapes: The Loon

Every little cog of this great piece of indie-rock machinery is, of course, some PR person's wet dream.

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25 Jul 2006 // 3:00 PM

The Futureheads

are so good live that it hurts to see them. Perhaps that's where the problem lies.

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24 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Vampire Loves

It is as noteworthy for its good-natured enjoyment as it is for its ability to take ideas and plot elements which have been fodder for graphic novels for years and construct them into a wholly original tale.

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Historians and pulp comic fans knew their story, but most didn't. The enduring image of the affable outlaws was born in this classic 1969 film. That the story is fairly true to life is even more remarkable.

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M*A*S*H Season Ten: Collector’s Edition

For those not already familiar with the good old 4077th, its seasons with single digits are always the best places to start any new tour of duty. Few will be disappointed by this set.

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24 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Eureka

Named for the town that houses this community -- a kind of Epcot for savants -- the pilot episode began with a bang, dragged a bit, then finished with events pilfered from the Roland Emmerich School of Specious Apocalypse.

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New York Dolls: One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This

A band that is only one-third New York Dolls -- no matter how good their intentions -- still sounds like it.

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Hong Kong Connections by Meaghan Morris, Siu Leung Li, Stephen Chan Ching-kiu (editors)

It makes sense that Hong Kong -- a region with a confused identity -- would produce cinema both local and universal.

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Robert Earl Keen: Live at the Ryman

Live at the Ryman captures Keen on a good night performing before an enthusiastic crowd. However, Keen's songs aren't necessarily improved when played before a live audience.

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24 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Terry Smith: Fall Out

Originally recorded in 1968, this is the first-ever CD release of a jazz solo album by the guitarist for the short-lived British rock/jazz band If.

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Boston: Boston / Don’t Look Back

Three decades after exploding on the pop-rock scene with Boston and Don't Look Back, Tom Scholz brings us his band's first two albums in remastered form.

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Quantic: An Announcement to Answer

Will Holland, a.k.a. Quantic, returns with a funky musical travelogue packed with the sounds of Africa and the Caribbean.

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Various Artists: Alligator Records 35X35

In 1971, US astronauts drove a Moon Rover along the lunar surface, Phillips introduced a crazy little thing called the VCR, and -- oh yeah -- Alligator Records released a Hound Dog Taylor LP, thus entering the blues music business.

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24 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Geka: Station

Eight fragile songs for sitting alone and staring out the window.

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Joi

24 Jul 2006 // 3:00 PM

Joi

not to mention almost every OutKast record. So why has no one heard of her?

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Massively Multiplayer Pong

I am not certain what the purpose of the game is. Indeed, I am not certain that this media product can be categorized as a game at all.

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One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern (2005)

It's alarming, and not a little heartbreaking, that George McGovern's call for taking responsibility and acknowledging mistakes remains relevant to this day.

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23 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Kamikaze Diaries by Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney

No matter how much they read, how hard they attempted to justify their deaths, the boy pilots ultimately felt lost, afraid to die alone.

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23 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Brothers of the Head (2005)

Brothers of the Head explores the overlaps between fiction and reality as they constitute rock-stardom, and more expansively, sexuality, desire, and consumption.

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