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Various Artists: The Kids at the Club: An Indiepop Compilation

This is how it feels to fall in love with a song.

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Various Artists: Pop Ambient 2006

It is not without a degree of hesitation that I regarded the advent of Kompakt's Pop Ambient series.

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Crackhaus: Spells Disaster…

Crackhaus, bar none the most successful Montreal micro-house humorists ever, drop a full-length anvil on the dancefloor.

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Harry Connick, Jr. / Branford Marsalis: A Duo Occasion

Connick had to work to keep up with Marsalis, which he did apart from in quality of banter. Even though he'd the only voice mike.

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Geri Allen: Timeless Portraits and Dreams

A fantastic jazz trio gets somewhat stuck in a web of other voices and intentions -- but still plays great.

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Casper & The Cookies: The Optimists Club

I love cookies, and Casper wasn’t one of the ghosts on my enemy lists. So this band is a natural lock then, correct? Well,

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11 Oct 2006 // 7:00 AM

The Purrs: The Purrs

Oh, right. Now I remember why I get excited to try out new music. Its’ because, sometimes, that CD I took a chance on will

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The Life Force Trio: Living Room

The Life Force Trio is the lifeblood of one Carlos Nino and some of his like-minded jazz / funk / fusion / pop comrades. And as a result,

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DJ Kayslay and Greg Street: The Champions: The North Meets The South

This tape is weak, but Shaq is back!

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Cale Parks: Illuminated Manuscript

The idea itself sounds like quite a bit of fun, but there's precious little humor to be found.

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10 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Lost: Season Three Premiere

Squabbles over book clubs, burned muffins, and broken plumbing are not what one would expect from the marauding band of brutes who have captured and brutalized some of the island's most cuddly inhabitants.

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The Decemberists: The Crane Wife

The Crane Wife is a record of steely voices and beautiful sounds and striking images, of poetry in more senses than one.

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10 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Nine: Series Premiere

It is less an indictment of American social breakdowns than pabulum for suburban narcissists.

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10 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Color of the Sea by John Hamamura

Hamamura's background bestows him with tremendous understanding of both Japanese and American psyches.

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Sparklehorse: Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain

Sparklehorse's first album in five years finds a vein of beauty in gloomy experimental folk

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Amos Lee: Supply and Demand

Supply and Demand is a well-paced effort that improves on the elements that made Lee’s debut a noteworthy release among (primarily) the Starbucks set.

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10 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Talent #1

Reading the first issue is like skimming through a hit parade of some of sci-fi and pop culture's greatest hits from the past 15 years.

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10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America (2006)

The resulting crazy quilt of content adds an extra layer to the overall argument about the power of a single incident to inexplicably change the course of events.

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Robert Callender: Le Museé de LImpressionnisme

Anyone up for a super-obscure Euro-funk concept album about French painting?

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Brazilian Girls: Talk To La Bomb

A mature and assured sophomore effort proves Brazilian Girls are not just another dance floor act.

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