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Cadence: Songs of Vice & Virtue

The high points of the album are very high indeed, and show the depth of Cadence's raw potential to succeed, but for every highlight there's a forgettable track blended in.

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Feathermerchants: Last Man On Earth

Soothing and powerful, this New York group makes sweeping and sometimes majestic pop songs with all the softness and delicate touches of a feather.

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Buckwheat Zydeco: 100% Fortified Zydeco

Hot accordion and organ playing, workin' the rubboard, snaky guitar lines... it's a beautiful thing.

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Over There: The Complete Series

By series' end, Smoke ('Sticky' Jones) comes to understand himself as a function of TV, revealing the complex interrelatedness of media and war, stateside and abroad.

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20 Mar 2006 // 3:00 PM

Paradise Now (2005)

How might efforts to fathom suicide bombers' motives make them too much like their potential victims -- that is, everyone else -- and thus unmake the difference that defines everyone else?"

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20 Mar 2006 // 3:00 PM

	Stereo Total, My Melody

Ah, more inspired Europop lunacy from Berlin’s finest, Stereo Total. Not much has changed since Stereo Total’s U.S. debut effort last year,

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20 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

The stigma around the character of Captain America is that of a sort of dopey Boy Scout who is doggedly loyal to country and flag.

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20 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

Stereolab + Espers

On the face of it, Stereolab and Espers seem odd acts to bill together. But, things are not always as off as they seem...

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20 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

Miracle Workers

Perhaps the most objectionable aspect of Miracle Workers is its invocation of the charity model of disability management, conjoined with its lottery logic.

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Mind of Mencia: Uncensored Season 1

Menica's performance of jingoism can be amusing. Not terribly funny, but occasionally on target.

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The Gang That Wouldn’t Write Straight: Wolfe, Thompson, Didion, and the New Journalism by Marc Weing

Suddenly, the New Journalists became practitioners of what became known as the 'art of fact'.

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Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

Howl's Moving Castle ticks with nervous energy and unsettledness. These jittery-edged images conjure exquisite rhythms as they approximate children's perspectives.

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Greg Summerlin: The Young Meteors

On his sophomore effort, pop-rocker Greg Summerlin offers simple pleasures with a fatal flaw.

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The Sounds: Dying to Say This to You

The Sounds finds a delicate balance by balancing their delicacy.

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20 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Azalia Snail: Avec Amour

Climbing further out on lo-fi branch, one might find Azalia Snail, clinging lackadaisically and fluttering in the breeze.

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Southern Culture on the Skids: Doublewide and Live

A barn-burning live set that, unfortunately, leaves you wanting more.

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Boom Boom Satellites: Full of Elevating Pleasures

It's a bit disconcerting to hear Japanese guys in 2006 absolutely NAILING the sound of two huge English bands from 10 years ago, accents and echoey guitars and all.

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20 Mar 2006 // 12:00 AM

Liars: Drum’s Not Dead

Over the course of their short career thus far, Liars music has invited more analysis than emotion. Drum's Not Dead may be the first step in changing that.

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Various Artists: Nature Sounds Presents: Natural Selection

A mass of giddy hip-hop heads will buy this indie label compilation for the Ghostface and DOOM preview track; Nature Sounds laughs and sucker-punches them by making the rest of the CD good, too.

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Harry Manx: Mantras for Madmen

Guitarist mixes the Middle East with the Bayou and Mississippi Delta for some soft, inspiring, and generally comforting, folksy jewels.

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