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The 15 Best World Music Albums of 2010

Africa dominated the world music scene in 2010 -- or at least, it dominated Western perceptions of what "world music" might be. That said, the new vinyl archeology could be seen at work in all areas and all eras of recorded music.

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'Accused Series 1 and 2' Is a Good Procedural, Episodically

Fans of quality British television could do much worse than Accused, but only certain episodes, such as the one featuring Sean Bean's stunning role as a transvestite, stand out.

Books

'In the Light of What We Know' Suffers From Sahib Syndrome

While living in Pakistan I often noted how a certain class of subcontinental man was prone to what I called “sahib syndrome” – the need to pontificate, at length.

Film

'Ilo Ilo' Is Too Understated for Its Own Good

The debut feature from director Anthony Chen features strong performances, but its understated quality makes the film struggle to make a lasting impression.

Film

'Y Tu Mama Tambien' Hides Serious Themes Behind Comedic Fluff

Alfonso Cuarón's highly sexualized film is deceptively serious, hiding weighty themes behind comic banter and, yes, plenty of sex.

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'The World Atlas of Street Photography' Is a Commanding Overview

Readers familiar with these artists will be happy with this representative selection, while newcomers such as myself will find much to pore over, much to enjoy and much to provoke thought.

Film

The Waters Aren't Choppy Enough in 'Killer Fish'

There's hardly enough killer fish action in Killer Fish to keep the film afloat.

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Farrar, Strauss and Giroux

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Verhoeven Had a Lot to Learn After 'Flesh + Blood'

Flesh + Blood has at least this to its credit: it's not as bad as Howard the Duck.

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In 'Juggernaut' a Ship Is in Peril, But Do You Care?

As much as Richard Lester throws the audience into the action, we have no reason to care about the fate of any of the passengers of the SS Britannic.

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Tragic Hero Records

Music

He Is Legend: Heavy Fruit

Forgettable album of wannabe hard rock.

Books

Where Are AC/DC's the Youngs in 'The Youngs'?

I loved AC/DC as much as the next lunkheaded longhaired headbanger. But I don't know them any better than Jesse Fink does.

Film

'Queen Margot' Is a History That Only Goes Downhill

Patrice Chéreau's multiple César winning film receives a lavish 20th anniversary edition from Cohen.

Music

The New Mastersounds: Therapy

Some of these experiments are more successful than others, but it is that basic uptempo, wah-wah inflected, bass-heavy, organ-choogling funk that makes the strongest impression here.

Music

Orlando Julius and the Heliocentrics: Jaiyede Afro

Forty-plus years on, Afro-beat master Orlando Julius is still gettin' it done.

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Cohen

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New Yorker Films

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Cohen Media

Film

Don’t Open That Door! #61: 'The Blob' (1958)

This week in our ongoing field guide to '50s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them: those crazy kids save the world from marauding grape jelly in The Blob.

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Paramount/Umbrella

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The Raveonettes: Pe'ahi

Garage-rockers no longer, Danish duo add a variety of unexpected elements


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