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Ocote Soul Sounds & Adrian Quesada: El Nino Y El Sol

Ocote Soul Sounds and Adrian Quesada take their place as an Afro-Cuban Gotan Project -- or perhaps a Breakestra for beach relaxation -- with an album that is exceptional and essential.

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28 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Liquid Soul: One Two Punch

The "acid jazz" outfit run by saxophonist Mars Williams sounds dated and uncommitted in its first disc in over five years.

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28 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Anathallo: Floating World

A curious puzzle of an album, you have to spend time with Anathallo's excellent, awful, and sometimes just fine Floating World in order to sort it all out.

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Chris Berry & Panjea: Dancemakers

Dancemakers attempts an uplifting mishmash of hip-hop beats and groovy vibes over a world-music pastiche. It fails spectacularly.

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28 Aug 2006 // 5:00 AM

Panda & Angel: Panda & Angel

Panda & Angel, a soft-core band from Seattle, don’t quite know what to do with their guitars on their self-titled debut EP. Alternating between

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The Matchheads: Backtracks 1980-1982 / The Matchheads Present The Mohawks, Lucky Strikes, The Gasser

The Matchheads were a punk rock band in the early ‘80s that are known only to a handful of people in San Francisco. But that

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Aeon Grey: Primate Curriculum

Despite mixed results, this Iowa-based emcee is strong on ideas and concepts.

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27 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Vanished

Even aside from Agent Kelton's personal angst, Vanished is weighed down by clichés.

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27 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Tanya Stephens: Rebelution

This album isn't just great, it's Album-of-the-Year HEROICALLY great.

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27 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

McCallum: The Complete Series

McCallum is a grittier yet more thoughtful take on the forensic "whodunit" show; more dependent on building atmosphere and brooding suspense than continuous scenes of kicking down doors and chasing down suspects.

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27 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Dead Rising

Most horror movie subtext is watcher-inferred, but zombies have no problem using themselves to cast obvious blanket statements on society.

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The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids by Alexandra Robbins

At the end of a year spent interviewing students, parents, college counselors, and other education professionals, Robbins concludes that in the effort to create high-achieving teens, we've created basket cases.

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Christina Aguilera: Back to Basics

She seems to be self-involved in a way that her predecessors were not, and that can lead to occasionally bad music. However, Back to Basics is a challenging piece of pop that manages to look backwards and forward at the same time.

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Home Improvement: The Complete Fourth Season

In its fourth season, Home Improvement shifts away from its focus on Tim's conventional masculinity to the family's "development."

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27 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Dears: Gang of Losers

What makes the Dears a cut above, a band that deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as its Canadian indie compatriots the New Pornographers or Broken Social Scene, is the voice of Murray Lightburn.

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Strapping Young Lad: The New Black

"Welcome to A&W, my name is Devin. Can I take your stinkin' order!!!"

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[The] Caseworker: When I Was a Young King

Dreamy but attention getting, [The] Caseworker is compromised of Conor Jonathan, Eimer Devlin, Will Waghorn, and Monte Vallier. And this quartet, led primarily by Jonathan

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Pan•American: For Waiting, for Chasing

Every single track on For Waiting, for Chasing oozes with the love that Mark Nelson harbors for his young son.

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27 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

Robin Guthrie: Continental

No new continents explored by ex-Cocteau Twin Guthrie. A haunting and haunted release.

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Eri Yamamoto: Cobalt Blue

Clearly a very talented pianist, but with a tendency to get into what's not in the current sense a groove. Samey.

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