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Andre Ceccarelli: Avenue des Diables Bleus

Three masters and a perfect combination.

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18 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

America loves conspiracies. Whether it is about who killed our leaders, the nasty truth about our natural disasters, or who ends up winning American Idol, we always try to construct the story behind the story.

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18 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Beth Orton

All the schtick in the world can't buy you substance.

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A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveller by Frances Mayes

If Tuscany is her brand, then Frances Mayes' most recent literary product, A Year in the World, is the franchise.

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Richard Butler: Richard Butler

This is a lovely album and a very welcome return from the former lead singer of The Psychedelic Furs.

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17 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

13ghosts: Cicada

This Birmingham, Alabama, group's third full length has ridden a quiet wave of buzz over the past year, raising the profile of this previously obscure act.

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17 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Days of Heaven (1978)

Terrence Malick's 1978 film leaves you with the ache of paradise briefly felt and then remembered.

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Various Artists: Dada, Pansaers et Correspondance; Volume 1 (1917-1926)

Meet James Ensor. Meet the people who came after him. But first, learn French.

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17 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Edguy: Rocket Ride

Are you ready for a rock 'n' roll party tonight? Admit it, you know you are.

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Elefant: The Black Magic Show

The second album from NYC's Elefant is good, but it sounds eerily safe and familiar. Twenty-first century bubble gum plundered from the depths of the '80s.

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17 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Takuma Itoi: Quietude

Broken CD? No, a symphony of subtlety.

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17 Apr 2006 // 11:00 PM

Moha!: Raus Aus Stavanger

Pulverizing improvised clatter and screech from Norway's N Collective

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Scott Miller & the Commonwealth: Citation

It's OK to miss the V-Roys, but Scott Miller's come a long way since then.

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The Sentinel - The Complete First Season

As The Sentinel can't decide whether it's a superheroic sci-fi drama or a police procedural featuring a walking, talking C.S.I. lab, it lingers somewhere in between.

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17 Apr 2006 // 3:00 PM

Natural City (2003)

They say imitation is the most valid form of adulation. If that's the case, then Ridley Scott and The Wachowski Brothers must be drowning in the sycophancy of this 2003 South Korean science fiction film.

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17 Apr 2006 // 3:00 PM

The Chess Players (Shatranj ki Khilari) (1977)

The Chess Players complicates historical narratives and takes an unflinching look at collusion between the colonizer and colonized elites.

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17 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

You can't merely wait for the man in the cape to swoop in and rescue the damsel, you have to be aware that drawings of capes and drawings of damsels are beyond swooping and saving, unless we find room for them in the stories we create for ourselves.

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17 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Miss Catwalk Tragedy 2006

The idiots are those who take it for what it is, right? So loosen up, hey. Don't take things so seriously. Bring on the naked goth chicks. After all, what's so wrong with the body beautiful?

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America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy by Francis Fukuyama

If there's a reason to read Francis Fukuyama's denouncement of neo-conservatism over any of the others than line the bookshelves, it's for the simple reason that he is, or at least was, one of them.

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Vernon Reid and Masque: Other True Self

Too many notes and too few tunes make Vernon Reid's third solo outing a difficult listen.

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