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Jim and Greg are huge fans of Calexico, the show's guests this week, but they do present a challenge. The Tuscon-based group incorporates so many different musical influences that they are almost impossible to define. Singer and guitarist Joey Burns explains that he's a fan of “Desert Noir,”but even that doesn't fully describe their use of Latin, African and jazz rhythms and instrumentation. The best way to get your head around Calexico's sound is to hear it. They perform live versions of tracks from their new album Carried to Dust.

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Slumdog Millionaire (Music From the Motion Picture)Slumdog Millionaire available on iTunes

A.R. Rahman Slumdog Millionaire

The Oscars air this Sunday, and one the nominees up for a number of awards is A.R. Rahman, the man behind the soundtrack to Slumdog Millionaire. Rahman is a giant in the Bollywood world, and now many people are comparing him to mainstream giants like Bernard Herrmann and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Jim wouldn't go that far. He thinks there are a number of intoxicating tracks that incorporate sitar, African drumming and techno. But he doesn't find the soundtrack to be a beginning-to-end success. Jim gives the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack a Try It. Greg agrees that some of the songs are too melodramatic, but because of the tremendous rhythms, he thinks they work. He recommends the album as a perfect introduction to Rahman's music and gives the Oscar-nominated soundtrack a Buy It.

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