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Singer-actor Mandy Patinkin calls it "a trick of scheduling" that allows him to make albums as well as work in TV and theater.

Patinkin, whose third album, "Experiment," was recently released, plays a cardiologist in the new CBS series "Chicago Hope," due in the fall. He received a Tony Award in 1979 for his Broadway debut as Che Guevara in "Evita" and appeared in the Broadway musical "Sunday in the Park with George" and the Barbra Streisand film "Yentl.""Experiment" (Elektra) reflects nine decades of popular song and includes Harry Chapin's "Taxi." The disc, which takes its title from the Cole Porter song, traces stages of a man's life, said Patinkin, 41.

"I wanted to do a quiet album," he explained. "I've been working on it for more than three years. I thought `Taxi' would be the perfect centerpiece for the record."

- LOVE (SONGS) IN BLOOM: "Stadium folk music for the bedroom" is how Irish singer Luka Bloom describes his new album, "Turf," recorded at famous Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin.

The large studio, used by the likes of U2, Eno and the Rolling Stones, was designed for recording live bands. To capture the in-concert atmosphere of solo artist Bloom, an audience was invited in for a night and four songs from that session were used on "Turf" (Reprise).

- DECONSTRUCTION, the short-lived outfit starring ex-Jane's Addiction members Eric Avery and Dave Navarro, will release its first and last album July 12. Just after the eponymous disc was completed, Navarro was asked to join the Red Hot Chili Peppers, spelling the destruction of Deconstruction.