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Imagine taking incredible talent from various groups and forming a supergroup. Itís a dream come true for music fans. Cream was the first big supergroup, uniting Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker in 1966, followed by another landmark supergroup two years later: Crosby, Stills, Nash (and then Young).
To make this supergroup list, you canít just be a great group like The Beatles or Nirvana, whose members became famous together; the group must have been conceived with already famous musicians formed from separate bands who then put out an album. Superjams alone donít count.
Most times, the parts are much greater than the sum; sometimes thereís too much talent and ego cooking in the pot. But there are notable exceptions. Country music recently had a major supergroup, The Highwaymen (Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson), who recorded three albums between 1985 and 1995. And in jazz, every one of Miles Davisís lineups would qualify as a supergroup.

Letís take a look at six present-day (with one noticeable exception) lineups wearing the big S on their uniforms and hope that they put out more great albums and rock more arenas before they implode. Supergroups not to miss:

The New Pornographers
Can you be Canadian and still be a supergroup? Why, yes you can! The lineup: Dan Bejar, Carl Newman, Neko Case, Kathryn Calder, John Collins, Todd Fancey, Kurt Dahle, Nora OíConnor and Blaine Thurier. Maybe you donít know these artists or their awesome group, but now is the time. Theyíve produced four superlative albums, including the latest, Challengers, just released in August.

Oysterhead
What happens when you put key members of three very influential groups togetheróTrey Anastasio (Phish), Les Claypool (Primus) and Stewart Copeland (Police)? This PPP combination equals Oysterhead. Formed for a one-off gig for a New Orleans festival in 2000, they jammed well and released an album in 2001. Little more was heard of Oysterhead until their performance at Bonnaroo in 2006. When will they strike again?

Velvet Revolver
Planning their albums around drug rehab and court dates, the members of this famously drug-addled supergroup are still going strong. Start with Slash, Duff and Matt from the core of Guns Ní Roses, add a dash of Dave Kushner (Wasted Youth) on second guitar, and a giant dose of the Stone Temple Pilotsí Scott Weiland on vocals, and youíve got Velvet Revolver. Provided that they keep clean, they have a great future ahead. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

The Raconteurs
Any lineup with guitar monster Jack White (The White Stripes) automatically qualifies as a supergroup. This time he has lots more firepower with the excellent writing talents of solo artist Brendan Benson (vocals, guitar and keyboards) and the rhythm section of The Greenhornes, Patrick Keeler and Jack Lawrence. Don't come a knockiní if this joint is a rockiní.

The Good, the Bad and the Queen

Having a few spare moments, Damon Albarn decided to start yet another band. Besides being the frontman for Blur and Gorillaz, he teamed up with Fela Kutiís legendary drummer Tony Allen, Verve guitarist Simon Tong and Clash bassist Paul Simonon to form one helluva eclectic supergroup. They released the eponymous 2007 album and toured to support it. More to come? Letís hope so.

Traveling Wilburys
George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan make up the greatest collection of singer/songwriters (and just plain talent) ever assembled. Even though they only released two albums, the last in 1990, they are still being included in this list. I had to make an exception to the criteria of listing only current acts because the Traveling Wilburys are the number one supergroup of all time (plus, Rhino recently released The Traveling Wilburys Collection, a must-have album).

F L I C K S
The 11 Most Classic Movie Lines

Ever since Al Jolson uttered the ironic opening line in the first talkie, The Jazz Singer (1927), "Wait a minute, wait a minute, you ainít heard nothiní yet!" there have been countless memorable movie lines. But certain lines have risen above the scrum to invade our modern-day vernacular and become part of cultureósayings that, you could say, define the movie. And that makes these lines classics.
So, what are our picks for the top 11 most classic lines?
Letís start with an oldie familiar to everyone.
1-2. In The Wizard of Oz (1939), Dorothy (Judy Garland) brought us two for the ages: "Toto, Iíve a feeling weíre not in Kansas anymore," and "Thereís no place like home."
3-4. The first James Bond movie, Dr. No, sparked a line weíve been hearing for more than 40 years now, which is Bondís (Sean Connery) debonair greeting: "Bond. James Bond." Another classic, often heard in the 007 series, was Bondís suave guidelines for the preparation of his martini: "Shaken, not stirred."
5. The first Star Wars launched the series that conquered millions and gave us the memorable line: "May the Force be with you."
6-7. Clint Eastwoodís delivery is perfect for his masterful lines, but he has too many to list, so Iíll pluck two from his Dirty Harry character. "Youíve got to ask yourself a question: ĎDo I feel lucky?í Well, do ya, punk?" and "Go ahead, make my day."
8. We canít leave out Tom Hanks as astronaut Jim Lovell in Apollo 13: "Houston, we have a problem."
9. Robert De Niro, a one-of-a-kind actor has many great lines, but the topperóand perhaps the greatest line everóoccurs in Taxi Driver. His character, staring at himself in the mirror, repeatedly and accusingly asks his reflection, "Are you talking to me?"
10. And now for the master, Marlon Brando, whose career has included many incredible roles and unforgettable lines. This one comes from the Godfather: "Iíll make him an offer he canít refuse."
11. Though the following line is not one that people say much, it is just too good to ignore, so here it goes: Colonel Kilgore (Robert Duvall) makes an absurd war confession from the powerful antiwar movie, Apocalypse Now (1979): "I love the smell of napalm in the morning."
And of course, we have to give a big nod to Casablanca, starring the incomparable Humphrey Bogart, which probably rules the cinematic world of classic lines, but alas, itís just one generation too old. Just the same: "Here's looking at you, kid."

N E W - C D's

Sigur Růs
Hvarf / Heim
XL
The first CD of this two-CD set from the Icelandic group, Sigur Růs, Hvarf (which translates to "disappeared") includes five tracks of new recordings of "lost" songs from the groupís history. The second EP, Heim (which translates to "home"), features six live acoustic songs.

Various Artists
The Brit Box: UK Indie, Shoegaze, and Brit-pop Gems of the Last Millennium
Rhino Records
This four-CD set gathers key recordings from 78 U.K. performers spanning the last 15 years of the 20th century. While many of these artists enjoyed superstar status in England, just a handful dented the American charts. The set includes a photo-filled 80-page book and is housed in a box depicting a traditional English phone booth.

Alicia Keys
As I Am
J Records
Nine-time Grammy Award-winner Alicia Keys returns with her long-awaited third studio album. She showcases her songwriting and producing talents on all 13 songs, capturing an old-school vibe and making it feel refreshingly new. Alicia describes this album as "Janis Joplin meets Aretha Franklin."

Nick Drake
Fruit Tree
UME/Fontana
In addition to all three of Nick Drake's classic studio albumsóFive Leaves Left, Bryter Layter and Pink Moonóthis one-time-only, limited-edition pressing (10,000 copies) of Fruit Tree includes, on DVD for the first time, the Nick Drake biographical film, A Skin Too Few, plus a new 108-page book featuring a song-by-song analysis.

LCD Soundsystem

45:33
DFA Records
This CD was originally recorded as a continuous, album-length disco symphony, creating a refreshing audio adventure that is both complete and fulfilling. It takes the listener through a dynamic range of tempos and rhythms. Included are three tracks previously available only in the UK.

N E W - D V D's

Sicko
The outspoken director of Bowling for Columbine, Michael Moore, is at it again. This time, he exposes the flaws and corruption within the U.S. healthcare system and pharmaceutical industry via interviews with insiders and comparisons to other developed countries that offer free, universal healthcare to all its citizens. Whether you love him or hate him, this film is definitely worth a gander.

Flight of the Conchords
Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie (aka Flight of the Conchords) tout themselves as "New Zealandís fourth most popular folk parody duo." This hilarious HBO series chronicles their fictional attempt at American fame, incorporating music videos of their songs and a lot of jabs at New Zealand (as well as the inevitable Lord of the Rings parody).

Rescue Dawn
Werner Herzogís brilliant and entertaining film follows the true story of U.S. Navy pilot, Dieter Dengler (Christian Bale), who was shot down over Laos during the Vietnam War and captured. Dengler organizes a small band of prisoners and makes a dramatic escape from the sadistic prison only to find that they have to navigate an equally dangerous jungle to survive.

Live Free or Die Hard
Bruce Willis has still got it, and he proves it in this fast-paced fourth installment of the Die Hard series. Willis reprises his role as NYPD Detective John McClane; this time heís fighting to stop a terrorist (Timothy Olyphant) who has enlisted a group of hackers to crash the governmentís computer infrastructure. Even after 19 years, Willis is just as badass as he was in the first film.

24: Season Six
FOXís hit drama about CIA counterterrorist agent Jack Bauer returns for a sixth season with no signs of slowing down. Day Six finds Bauer released from a Chinese prison and returned to America where a string of suicide bombings has been terrorizing the nation. He discovers the true mastermind behind the attacks and now has to foil the terroristís plan to detonate a nuke in the United States.

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