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30 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Blackgas #1-3

A dirty secret of the privileged is locked away, here, like a skeleton in the closet with flesh still hanging from its bones.

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30 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Nya Jade: My Denial

Do you go to bed at night and wake up in the morning? If so, Nya Jade recorded an album just for you.

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Tommy Keene: Crashing the Ether

Crashing the Ether is better than a lot of Keene's output over the last few decades, although it's not the masterpiece some of the singer / songwriter's best songs have hinted at.

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Elliott Caine: Blues from Mars

High-class hard bop such as can happily be found nowadays, but Caine's an exceptional trumpeter, hot but also a ballad master.

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Pure Reason Revolution: The Dark Third

On its first full-length release, a British band reaches into the future while remaining rooted in the glory of rock's psychedelic past.

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Presents The Songs of Sheikh Sayyed Darweesh ‘The Soul of a People’

Sheikh Sayyed Darweesh (nationalist, opera-lover, maker of rhythmic drag) gets a well-deserved showcase.

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28 Jul 2006 // 7:30 AM

Skye: Mind How You Go

Skye was Morcheeba to some people, so it should come as no surprise that her solo album tends to stay with part of her past

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27 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

John Tucker Must Die (2006)

Starting with the fact that its 'high school students' look closer to 30 than 16, John Tucker Must Die is a film out of joint.

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27 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Scoop (2006)

Allen once channeled Bergman in Interiors and Fellini in Stardust Memories, but in Scoop, he commits a more self-indulgent crime, paying tribute to his own works.

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27 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Scoop (2006)

If Scoop has a theme, submerged beneath its poor plotting, clumsy editing, and reductive characterizations, deception might be it.

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27 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Miami Vice (2006)

Gong Li's face and form are made for this: she absorbs the movie's energies and just like that, it hardly matters what Crockett or Tubbs thinks he's doing.

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27 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Los Lonely Boys: Sacred

Go ahead and hate me for loving this, but it's too well-done and adorable not to be loved.

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27 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

30 Days - Season 1

A mix of entertaining personal stories and informational segments that address larger issues, this is reminiscent of the better moments of Michael Moore's The Awful Truth -- only with a more charismatic host.

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Raul Malo: Youre Only Lonely

You're Only Lonely has the makings of a great record, but the truth is, something is missing. While this is not a bad record, and a few cuts are very good, the results are more dream inducing than dreamy.

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27 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Rude Boy (1979)

Rude Boy does little more than remind us of the Clash's greatness; as such, it's a cinematic failure but a musical necessity.

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Michael Franti & Spearhead: Yell Fire!

Slipping into genre stereotypes should sound a warning bell for the artist's career, and it's a shame, because Michael Franti's message, even if it is overly idealistic, should be welcomed when war is an unfortunate reality.

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Heidi Mortensen: Wired Stuff

In every sense, Mortenson's twisted girrl-pop is uncompromising. This is the soundtrack to Christina Aguilera's nightmares.

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27 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Al-Andalus: Alchemy

And yet, as the album went on, I began to realise that there was something of substance here...

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Purple City: The Purple Album

For rappers this bad to sell that much, somebody had to work their ass off.

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27 Jul 2006 // 11:00 PM

Erase Errata: Nightlife

Unlike many bands today that are taking cues from older bands, Erase Errata really know how to be influenced without having the influence take over their sound.

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