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Organic and grimy, yet noisily industrial, music from an abandoned bunker in New Zealand makes you look at the world a little bit differently.

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9 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Art School Confidential (2006)

While director Terry Zwigoff seemed to have held the patent on this sort of offbeat tone in his past work, his kooky rudeness is his undoing, here

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9 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Jean: On

Jean is a talented vocalist, arranger, composer, and producer who just might remind you how much you like washing dishes and wishing for world peace.

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9 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Portastatic: Be Still Please

Another excellent addition to the Portastatic catalogue, this time expanding Mac McCaughan's orchestral pop leanings.

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9 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Early Day Miners: Offshore

Rock soundscapes, grand and long and hypnotic.

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9 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Windy City Heat (2006)

Perry boasts a killer DeNiro impression, insisting that "people magnetize towards my look." That look? Balding, overweight, fanny-packed with questionable hygiene.

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9 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Binge by Barrett Seaman

As "one male Ivy League junior" affirmed, "It's easier to go out and get fucked up and hook up than be sober and ask a girl on a date and get nothing for it".

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Kultur Shock: We Came to Take Your Jobs Away

Kultur Shock does rock music laced with punk attitude, Balkan folk riffs, and a really really good sense of humor.

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Maybe these performers do some fine stuff on their own albums, but this sampler isn't ideal.

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Heartless Bastards: All This Time

No sophomore slump here. In fact, the Heartless Bastards greatly improved upon their debut, Stairs and Elevators.

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Mindy Smith: Long Island Shores

Almost three years after her debut, it's finally Difficult Second Album time for Miss Mindy Smith

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Rumen and Angel Shopov: Soul of the Mahala

Soul of the Mahala sits between the conservatory and the ghetto. It's music from the wrong side of the tracks played with technical proficiency and respect.

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Guster: Ganging Up On the Sun

Pop music ain't easy, but damn can Guster make it look effortless.

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The Citizens: Post Cro-Magnon Drift

The Citizens haven't done it yet, but they're about to hit their strange stride.

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The Brass Kings: The Brass Kings

The Brass Kings conjure up a unique multicultural musical fusion, one that sounds like very little of what gets labeled "Americana". And thank goodness for that.

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Massiv in Mensch: Klang der Unterblichkeit

The so-called "darkravers" do their scary darkravey-like thing for six tracks on this iTunes-exclusive EP.

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Halifax: The Inevitablility of a Strange World

Never before in my years of being a music critic have I walked away from an album with not a single track to recommend. Congratulations Halifax: you're the first.

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9 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Bachelor: Rome

If "Prince" Lorenzo "P-Lo" Borghese really wants to find the love of his life, he'd be better off paying eHarmony $250 a year. But where would be the fun in that?

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8 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Girls (1968)

This is the sort of investigational piece that no filmmaker would dare to tackle today for fear of alienating the popular ticket-buying audience: young men and families.

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Tom Zé: Estudando o Pagode

When so few albums are either entertaining from start to finish or have anything of import to communicate, Tom Zé's smart and zany Estudando o Pagode offers the best of both worlds.

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