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13 Jun 2006 // 4:00 PM

Sonic Youth

tear the mother to shreds.

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13 Jun 2006 // 1:00 AM

In Paul Pope's version of Batman, the state has become the super-villian.

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Circus

Whimsicality is one thing, but Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has started branding dreams. And not just my dreams or your dreams, but the dreams of our nation's children.

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13 Jun 2006 // 1:00 AM

Wayne Kramer

Turned down but tuned in, these days Brother Wayne is kicking out an entirely different kind of jam.

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13 Jun 2006 // 1:00 AM

Watching Wildlife by Cynthia Chris

Chris analyzes several nature films from this era, a couple of which depicted rape as a 'natural' occurrence in such species as elephant seals and koalas.

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Roots Tonic: Roots Tonic Meets Bill Laswell

Once you get the big picture, a whole world of invention opens up and an intergalactic, space-age dub transmission awaits you.

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Ken Waldman: All Originals, All Traditionals

Double-disc offering of Alaskan poems and fiddle tunes, as big as the state itself.

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13 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Francine: Airshow

Third LP from intricate Boston band moves further away from power pop towards something more enigmatic.

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Elvy Sukaesih: The Dangdut Queen

Sukaesih's pop songs sit sweetly at the intersection of the Islamic religion that most of Indonesia's population follows, and the Hindi films they love to watch.

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Maher Shalal Hash Baz: Kunitachi Kibun: Live 1984-85

Write music like your kid fingerpaints, record it from across a crowded room, and keep that recording buried for two decades.

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Mac Arnold: Nothin to Prove

Veteran Muddy Waters bassist Arnold can sing and lead a blues band, and very well too.

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Army of the Pharaohs: The Torture Papers

The beats are stellar, but the rhymes feel less and less so as the album progresses; all things considered, this is a good album that has the makings of greatness but fails to reach it.

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Allison Moorer: Getting Somewhere

The Duel was a brave album, but Getting Somewhere is definitely more courageous. Here, Moorer dares to look inward and face growing up. Brave indeed.

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Beavis & Butt-head: The Mike Judge Collection, Volume 2 (2006) - PopMatters Film Review

In the mid-'90s, Beavis was a weird wake-up call for parents who were clueless about their children's destructive drives. Now it's a backwards glance at a demographic gone demented.

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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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