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Thursday, September 21 2006

El Aviador Dro: Eléctrico!: The Best of Aviador Dro 1978 - 2006

Storied Spanish synth-pop techno band remains a mystery, despite this first US release.


Jesus H Christ and the Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse: Jesus H Christ and the Four Hornsmen of the

Campy sex jokes with a sunshine pop smile covering some twisted, possibly damned, souls.


Wednesday, September 20 2006

Theater Fire: Everybody Has a Dark Side

Dallas traditionalists fuse country, folk, mariachi and the modern world in carefully crafted songs.


The Avatars: Never a Good Time

Contrary to its title, listening to the new album by catchy punk rockers the Avatars is a rip-roarin' great time from start to finish.


Boat: Songs That You Might Not Like

Appealing DIY debut from messy, sloppy, personality-filled indie pop group


Lataye: Tou Manbre

Mellow, reggae-influenced, Haitian Afro-rock with touches of old-school electric guitar and keyboard.


Our Brother the Native: Tooth and Claw

Teenagers get artsy, and with it, pretentious and boring.


Tuesday, September 19 2006

The Finches: Six Songs EP

Simple but assured, this EP sets the stage for a promising career from the Finches.


The Meeting Places: Numbered Days

It sounds like a cross between The Jesus and Mary Chain and The Byrds.


Innerstance.Beatbox: Tekniques EP

On this teaser EP, Innerstance.Beatbox provides an eclectic array of beats to give a complex taste of what he has to offer.


Kad: Société

You can thake the French ex-pat out of his home, but you can't take the home out of his music.


Pants Yell!: Recent Drama

Sweet pop angst-turned-apathy with just enough tongue in cheek to charm.


Pretty Flowers: Pretty Flowers

Garage punk band has some skills, but they're buried under murky production.


Monday, September 18 2006

Earlymay: Little Answers

Even this slight jump forward doesn't give Earlymay enough of an identity to really make an impact.


Russian Circles: Enter

A massively heavy instrumental album that packs more sonic oomph into one song than most bands can muster in a career


Sound Advice: Play Anything

Yeah, it's intriguing to hear Sam Cooke blend into the Bangles, but it's not the best way to spend an hour.


Eux Autres: Hell Is Eux Autres

Reissue gives brilliantly hooky pop band a second crack at a larger audience, and it's well worth it.


Various Artists: Irie Reggae Hits: Best of Dancehall

Document of a near-dead genre, this is a timecapsule at most.


Maneja Beto: Accidentes de Longitud y Latitud

Manejo Beto proves that too many ideas can wind up being too much of a potentially good thing.


Stutter: Stutter

Glam-pop for the summertime 1980s retro-waver.


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