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Ken Waldman: All Originals, All Traditionals

Double-disc offering of Alaskan poems and fiddle tunes, as big as the state itself.

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13 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Francine: Airshow

Third LP from intricate Boston band moves further away from power pop towards something more enigmatic.

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Elvy Sukaesih: The Dangdut Queen

Sukaesih's pop songs sit sweetly at the intersection of the Islamic religion that most of Indonesia's population follows, and the Hindi films they love to watch.

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Maher Shalal Hash Baz: Kunitachi Kibun: Live 1984-85

Write music like your kid fingerpaints, record it from across a crowded room, and keep that recording buried for two decades.

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Mac Arnold: Nothin to Prove

Veteran Muddy Waters bassist Arnold can sing and lead a blues band, and very well too.

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Army of the Pharaohs: The Torture Papers

The beats are stellar, but the rhymes feel less and less so as the album progresses; all things considered, this is a good album that has the makings of greatness but fails to reach it.

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Allison Moorer: Getting Somewhere

The Duel was a brave album, but Getting Somewhere is definitely more courageous. Here, Moorer dares to look inward and face growing up. Brave indeed.

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Beavis & Butt-head: The Mike Judge Collection, Volume 2 (2006) - PopMatters Film Review

In the mid-'90s, Beavis was a weird wake-up call for parents who were clueless about their children's destructive drives. Now it's a backwards glance at a demographic gone demented.

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Valley of the Dolls (Special Edition) / Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1967/1970)

Dolls and Beyond might help us see that we are, today, all living smack in the middle of the valley of the dolls.

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12 Jun 2006 // 4:00 PM

Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006)

Together, Neil Young and Jonathan Demme make the graying of the quintessential baby boom musician a triumph to be celebrated.

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12 Jun 2006 // 4:00 PM

Aquamarine (2006)

Aquamarine respects bonds between girls, framing this threeway friendship as more engaging than any summertime movie romance.

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12 Jun 2006 // 1:00 AM

The game is a story that is designed from the ground-up to be a videogame, and a literal translation as I have in my hands is missing the point.

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12 Jun 2006 // 1:00 AM

Jenny Scheinman & Friends

A thank you note to a Cryptogramophone wonder.

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Conspiracy of Fools by Kurt Eichenwald

With a work as dense and as broad in scope as Conspiracy, we are allowed the time for side stories and subplots that are just as compelling as Enron's end.

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Jolie Holland: Springtime Can Kill You

Apologies in advance for referring to this album as "Ms. Holland's Opus". It was cheap,easy, and I'm sure it's been done before, but it felt soooooo good.

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Bardo Pond: Ticket Crystals

Bardo Pond's primal stew has always contained the DNA for drone, post-rock, psyche and freak folk. The sixth full-length brings together all these elements in a terrifying, gorgeous mix.

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Regina Spektor: Begin to Hope

With a new album of expertly-crafted, touching, and refreshingly honest odes to life, Regina Spektor has grown without growing away from what makes her so special. Irreverent and innocent, theatrical and tender, cataclysmic and cute: human.

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Chieftains: The Essential Chieftains

When it comes to Irish music, the Chieftains fit the "Essential" in this CD's title.

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12 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Sofa Surfers: Sofa Surfers

Sofa Surfers expertly illuminate the dark side of a world with no easy answers -- and they do it with style.

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12 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Muallem: Frankie Splits

If this album gets into the right hands, Muallem could have a bright future as a beatmaker for the indie hip-hop world.

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