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Valley of the Dolls (Special Edition) / Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1967/1970)

Dolls and Beyond might help us see that we are, today, all living smack in the middle of the valley of the dolls.

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12 Jun 2006 // 4:00 PM

Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006)

Together, Neil Young and Jonathan Demme make the graying of the quintessential baby boom musician a triumph to be celebrated.

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12 Jun 2006 // 4:00 PM

Aquamarine (2006)

Aquamarine respects bonds between girls, framing this threeway friendship as more engaging than any summertime movie romance.

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12 Jun 2006 // 1:00 AM

The game is a story that is designed from the ground-up to be a videogame, and a literal translation as I have in my hands is missing the point.

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12 Jun 2006 // 1:00 AM

Jenny Scheinman & Friends

A thank you note to a Cryptogramophone wonder.

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Conspiracy of Fools by Kurt Eichenwald

With a work as dense and as broad in scope as Conspiracy, we are allowed the time for side stories and subplots that are just as compelling as Enron's end.

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Jolie Holland: Springtime Can Kill You

Apologies in advance for referring to this album as "Ms. Holland's Opus". It was cheap,easy, and I'm sure it's been done before, but it felt soooooo good.

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Bardo Pond: Ticket Crystals

Bardo Pond's primal stew has always contained the DNA for drone, post-rock, psyche and freak folk. The sixth full-length brings together all these elements in a terrifying, gorgeous mix.

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Regina Spektor: Begin to Hope

With a new album of expertly-crafted, touching, and refreshingly honest odes to life, Regina Spektor has grown without growing away from what makes her so special. Irreverent and innocent, theatrical and tender, cataclysmic and cute: human.

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Chieftains: The Essential Chieftains

When it comes to Irish music, the Chieftains fit the "Essential" in this CD's title.

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12 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Sofa Surfers: Sofa Surfers

Sofa Surfers expertly illuminate the dark side of a world with no easy answers -- and they do it with style.

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12 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Muallem: Frankie Splits

If this album gets into the right hands, Muallem could have a bright future as a beatmaker for the indie hip-hop world.

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0The Sound Dimension: Jamaica Soul Shake, Vol. 1

The first collection to feature Studio One's house band will please collectors, but may baffle neophytes.

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Willie Big Eyes Smith: Way Back

He's not Muddy Waters, but a second line performer still performing, and people could be excused for supposing this standard of blues album impossible nowadays. But here 'tis!

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9 Jun 2006 // 3:00 AM

Red Sox vs. Yankees

Red Sox vs. Yankees comes off as little more than an ill-conceived plan to exploit our collective love of a suddenly downtrodden rivalry for monetary gain.

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A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

A Prairie Home Companion combines typical Altman strategies, like overlapping dialogue and converging multiple storylines, as well as his fanatical appreciation for the process of creating art.

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With monsters drooling and causing mass hysteria, Wells and Fisher seem to be trying to outdo one another, with the reader reaping all the benefits.

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9 Jun 2006 // 1:00 AM

Mogwai

they nearly inflated my intestines.

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9 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Cars (2006)

Thrilling in its shiny surface detail, the NASCAR scene stretches before you like an anthropomorphized vista: this is the immediate future of animation, and Pixar, recently and loudly sold to Disney, means to own it.

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A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

You might call A Prairie Home Companion an unlikely Lindsay Lohan movie. You could also call it the best work she's done, the best work she's likely to do, or the best chance she's had to do good work.

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Trevor Noah on the Biracial Divide

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"The indelible experiences of Trevor Noah's past have been parlayed into his memoir, Born a Crime, a history of a life living under racial divide.

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