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1 Aug 2006 // 4:00 PM

Tom Waits

We're all as mad as hatters here...

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1 Aug 2006 // 4:00 PM

Billy Idol

There's still something to be said for the juvenile glee of screaming 'Hey! Get laid!' along with 1,200 strangers.

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Basement Boys: The Basement Boys Presents Mudfoot Jones

The music of the mythical Mudfoot Jones swings, boogies, rocks, and sways like a congregation ought to when it’s calling up the Spirit. 

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Various Artists: This Is Crucial Reggae: Funk Party

Listening to these reggae artists covering American soul hits gives you insight into the evolution of Jamaican music. After all, many reggae pioneers were raised

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Various Artists: Sur La Mer Samp-Le-Mer

Noise label 5 Rue Christine’s first sampler initially looks like a rarities collection, but the “exclusive tracks” come off more like a compilation of also-rans

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Andre Williams and the Diplomats of Solid Sound: Aphrodisiac

Andre Williams always talked through his tunes more than sang ‘em, and he does the same here. The difference between this disc and the 70-year-old’

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DragonForce: Inhuman Rampage

Are these guys serious?! Oh, screw it. "Cry for eee-TERNITYYYY!"

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1 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Ruins by Scott Smith

The set-up is a tour-de-force, but unfortunately, once you've been lured in, you start to feel like the victim of a bait-and-switch.

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The Great Yokai War (Yôkai daisensô) (2005)

The Great Yokai War is only ostensibly about war, displayed here as a failure of imagination.

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1 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Time Tunnel Volume 2

Watching The Time Tunnel raises interesting questions about TV entertainment from generation to generation; namely, might our slow-motion bullet dodging kung-fu action and Philip K. Dickian rotoscoping innovations look as silly to audiences of the future as the face-painted aliens of 1967 do today?

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1 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Joe Dirt (2001)

Joe's unflappable nature in the face of constant rejection and torture is what is supposed to make him a hero, his attitude embodied in his oft-repeated personal slogan, "Life is a garden: dig it."

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1 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Wailin Jennys: Firecracker

Canadian trio makes a glorious racket with mix of traditional country-folk and elegant vocal harmonies.

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Da Muzicianz: Da Muzicianz

Booty-centric rap side project actually worth a listen.

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Midlake: The Trials of Van Occupanther

Is it a concept album? Is it a rock opera? It doesn't matter because ultimately this is one of the best albums of 2006.

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1 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The 5 Browns: No Boundaries

They are five fingers of the same talented hand, and if they just happen to bring in a younger audience to the Classical Appreciation Club, more power to them.

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1 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Voicst: 11-11

The bar has been raised and the gauntlet is down. I would love to hear a better collection of songs this year, but I won't be holding my breath.

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31 Jul 2006 // 10:30 AM

Brookville: Life in the Shade

Opening with a great Coldplay knockoff called “Blue Morning”, Brookville’s second LP is nothing if not melodic.  However, the simple strings, warm synth

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31 Jul 2006 // 8:45 AM

Vandalays: Happy Ever After

We’ll do this the obvious way: Once upon a time, there was an indie rock four-piece called the Vandalays, who released an enjoyable five-song

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31 Jul 2006 // 8:00 AM

Baby Calendar: Gingerbread Dog

Sugar-coated pop is an acquired taste—you either like it or stick your tongue out at it as if you swallowed sour candy. Baby Calendar

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31 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Garth Marenghis Darkplace

British comedian Matthew Holness is one of the rare individuals who can put together an intentionally dreadful entertainment.

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