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Thursday, December 7 2006

Jake Stigers: No Vacancy

Soulful guitar rock with a Southern-fried charm.


Wednesday, December 6 2006

Fresh Maggots: Fresh Maggots… Hatched

In any other year, Fresh Maggots… Hatched would easily have claimed the title of best maggot-themed album of the year. Released in 1971, it will instead


Hamilton de Holanda Quintet: Brasilianos

Hamilton de Holanda plays a 10-string mandolin. He plays it really really well.


One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson

Yes, Virginia, there is another mystery writer in Scotland besides Ian Rankin.


The Tongue: Bad Education EP

New Aussie hip-hop fails to add much to a soon-to-be-bloated scene.


Not To: New and Selected Poems by Elaine Terranova

Like the process of becoming experienced, these poems ask us to pay attention.


AG: Get Dirty Radio

Still enough of a giant.


Tuesday, December 5 2006

Ronee Blakley: Welcome

She may have played a bigger country star in Nashville than she ever became in the actual music industry, but Ronee Blakley’s largely forgotten


ActionReaction: 3 Is the Magic Number

Emocore has lost another soul to the allure of indie rock.  Jason Gleason, ex-frontman for Further Seems Forever, has joined forces with old friends,


Pattern Is Movement: Canonic

Tiny Telephone engineer Scott Solter re-interprets the fractious avant pop of Pattern Is Movement


That Handsome Devil: That Handsome Devil

A jazzy, spacey kind of specimen that plods along with some crazy but great arrangement behind it.


Monday, December 4 2006

Susanna and the Magic Orchestra: Melody Mountain

Norwegian songstress and Jaga Jazzist vet spin songwriting straw (and a few classics) into strange and luminous gold


M Coast: Say It in Slang

M Coast continues where Marshmallow Coast left off, which is just fine.


The Beautiful Girls: Water

A follow-up to the US debut of earlier this year, Water collects 11 tracks from the Beautiful Girls’ three Australian releases pre-We’re Already Gone. The


James Cooper: Second Season

With a string of musical influences that run from Richard Hawley to Dylan to the Waifs and Crowded House, James Cooper knows what makes a


Sunday, December 3 2006

Shiny Toy Guns: We Are Pilots

Shiny Toy Guns revel in being retro-pop, so it should come as no surprise that the inviting and punchy “You Are the One” is a


Black Devil Disco Club: 28 After

Disco isn’t dead; it’s just been hanging out in the underworld for a while. In 2004, the album Disco Club by Black Devil, which


Hammock: Raising Your Voice…Trying to Stop an Echo

This band got some ink and some ears tuned into them thanks to having some of their work used during the Torino Olympic Games coverage by NBC.


Adrian Klumpes: Be Still

Complex, restive minimalism from an Australian avant-jazz musicians


The Light of Evening by Edna OBrien

This is a novel about feelings as much as events. You must be willing to immerse, to submerge.


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