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Madlib the Beat Konducta: Vol. 1-2: Movie Scenes

These are not movies, and this is not a movie soundtrack. These are scenes, and Madlib is a master cinematographer.

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Abidin Ensemble: From The Day I Was Tossed Here: A Tribute to the Poetry of Nazim Hikmet

Victoria Serruya finds a fine line between grand formality and genuine emotion, while Yaghi Malka and Ehud Gerlich drone thoughtfully on the double-bass and cello, and Oren Fried taps a slow-paced drum.

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Zero Crossing: My Kinda Funk

German producer tries to give up tha funk, ends up with only occasionally funky electronica.

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Various Artists: Exit Music: Songs for Radio Heads

Covers are a tricky beast. When, say, Jose Gonzalez covers the Knife, I'm fine with it. But the moment someone pulls an acoustic guitar to Radiohead, I feel a pain in my chest.

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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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