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Various Artists: Check the Water

With this comprehensive, impressive 10-year retrospective, London's Leaf label proves that organic, acoustics-driven arrangements are not a new direction for IDM.

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10 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Charlemagne: Detour Allure

Sadly missing on most best of 2005 lists it may not be cutting edge but it is so well done that it deserves some recognition as indie pop done right.

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Various Artists: Studio One Women

Soul Jazz tweaks its extensive foray through Jamaica by presenting the ladies of Studio One as artists in their own right.

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Sam Bardfeld: Periodic Trespasses [The Saul Cycle]

Alt-Jazz violinist weighs in with a daring, fun session of melodic quirk.

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	Townes Van Zandt: Be Here to Love Me [DVD]

Belonging to the ragged Texas country tradition with his roots in something deeper and timeless, Townes Van Zandt's poetic narratives and haunting melodies came from the dusty side of the road, from the motels and trailer parks rather than glossy Nashville studios.

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Four Tet: Everything Ecstatic Part 2 [CD + DVD]

A literal makeover, Everything Ecstatic Part 2 offers a visual counterpart to Four Tet's latest album.

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9 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Libertine (2004)

John Wilmot, the Second Earl of Rochester (Johnny Depp), is always the smartest guy in the room.

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The Real Dirt on Farmer John (2005)

Already a local legend, Farmer John's legacy seems assured.

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Duck Season (Temporada de Patos) (2004)

The kids are not infused with precocious cynicism or degeneracy. They are optimistic, as befits their age.

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9 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

It's bad to be stranded in the desert. Especially when you're surrounded by flesh-eating human mutants.

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9 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Unit

It's a show about the Army's clandestine counter-terrorist unit, called The Unit and created by David Mamet. What more do you need to know?

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9 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

The French Democracy

The rough edges on Chan's work give it an air of urgency.

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The Fame Game: How to Make the Most of Your 15 Minutes by Michael Flocker

'I have never seen [Tara Reid] in any movie or television program, but from what I gather, she is an actress.'"

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The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2003)

This film reminds us that natures surrounds us everyday, and provides us with much of what makes life worth living.

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9 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Thing Called Love: Director’s Cut (1993)

Country music provides a roadmap, guiding the characters away from disillusionment and toward a simpler, more straightforward way of life.

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The slightest hint of sharp edges and dissonance lurking beneath Hatakeyama's billowing clouds saves the disc from strictly new age purposes, but it veers dangerously close.

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Ghostigital: In Cod We Trust

In Cod We Trust is truly bizarre spazz-industrial from the ever-warped mind of ex-Sugarcube Einar Örn.

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Hamell on Trial: Songs for Parents Who Enjoy Drugs

Newfound fatherhood fuels Hamell on Trial's fun, yet uneven follow-up to 2003's excellent Tough Love.

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Buzzcocks: Flat-Pack Philosophy

The new record from the British pop-punk legends largely trades in the darkness and aggression of its predecessor for a poppier, more melodic approach.

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9 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Clogs: Lantern

The fourth studio album from Australian-American post-minimalist chamber quartet Clogs, is a mellifluence of atmospheric, improvisationally-spirited classical chamber music with some of the vital immediacy of rock.

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