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The Stems: Terminal Cool: Anthology 1983-1986

In three short years, these Aussies left an indelible mark on the garage revival scene.

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3 Apr 2006 // 12:00 AM

Bubba Sparxxx: The Charm

Bubba Sparxxx doesn't go bling and boring, so much as rejoice in it, splash around in it, rub it all over itself and go sprinting through the fields.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Bhangra Dance

Second round for Rough Guide's tour of bhangra. This time, the travel company seeks to update the sounds for your next trip to Kuch Kuch.

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The Appleseed Cast: Peregrine

Proving once again to be Lawrence's finest, the Appleseed Cast synthesizes its parts and finds itself on the album that saved the band from a too-early demise.

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The Guess Who: The Best of the Guess Who

You may never think you need to hear a Guess Who song, but they often come as some relief when they crop up on the radio or in the supermarket Muzak mix.

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Bonnie Bramlett: Roots, Blues & Jazz

An Ike-ette and lost legend growls a variety of soul and jazz standards.

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Dogme 95: The Reagle Beagle

Chicago based songwriter Nick Wright goes a-sailin' with Charles Darwin. No, literally, he does.

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31 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

The close-minded, oppressive atmosphere of this future Gotham pits the local law against the Federal law enforcement, playing on the now familiar idea that average Joes and Janes don't know what's going on in the big wide world.

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31 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Womadelaide Festival

The grass did its best to stand up to a weekend of dancing, but in patches we killed it, leaving its blades to dry out in the heat and turn to fine hay.

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The Shaggy Dog / The Shaggy D.A. (1959/1976)

In his shaggy-dog form, Wilby can spy on the spies without them becoming any the wiser. In this homage to Cold War vigilance, the movie consummates its break with the more traditional '50s transformation movies.

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30 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Slither (2006)

The ensuing slimy onslaught combines and exacerbates conventions familiar from alien invasion and zombie movies, with a bit of David Cronenberg's body transmorphology as well.

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30 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Drawing Restraint 9 (2005)

Sometimes, the film seems a lengthy Bjork music video -- confusing, beautiful, and somewhat ridiculous.

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C.S.A.: Confederate States of America (2004)

The most alarming thing about C.S.A.: Confederate States of America is how utterly unalarming it seems.

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30 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

ATL (2006)

Cinematography by Crash. Whatever else you might think about Chris Robinson's feature film debut, this credit for his longtime music video DP is certainly long overdue.

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30 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Ask the Dust (2006)

Colin Farrell's voiceover at the beginning of Ask the Dust makes it clear that Robert Towne's new film is in love with words.

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The Kronos Quartet / Terry Riley: Cadenza on the Night Plain

A classic recording of Terry Riley's string quartet music, reissued.

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30 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Amorphis: Eclipse

With a new vocalist leading the way, Amorphis sound reborn on their seventh full-length album.

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Joseph Israel: Gone Are the Days

Joseph Israel's debut splits the difference between Judaism and roots reggae, Jamaica and Arkansas.

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The Flaming Lips: At War with the Mystics

Finally, the punk rockers are going into orbit. Again.

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Electricity and drum will change your mind? You better believe it.

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