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Mission of Burma: The Obliterati

Post-punk? Post-everything, more like.

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The Handsome Family: Last Days of Wonder

This land is your land, this land is my land, from the Devil dancing in the silent branches of thousand-year-old trees, to large iced tea, extra packet of ketchup, and small bag of onion rings.

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16 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

DK: King Me

Everybody knows a product is nothing if you can't distribute it. Purple City knows it. DK knows it. That's what mixtapes are for.

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Codec & Flexor: Killermachine

A little bit irreverent, a little bit aggressive, a little bit harsh and a little bit old school, Killermachine is a synth purist's dream.

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Tab Benoit: Brother to the Blues

Not musically as close as a brother to the blues, this is a committed set of old-style country music, with a couple of blues-ish items like you’d find thrown in by people without Tab Benoit’s gifts as a bluesman.

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16 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Aki Tsuyuko: Hokane

Filled with a kind of abstract childlike innocence that belies the complexity of the pieces, its just charming enough to distract from some unfortunate limitations.

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	Wu-Tang Clan: Legend of the Wu-Tang: The Videos [DVD]

The Wu's particular virtues are such that the music video format has never made for a comfortable fit.

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Napoleon Dynamite: Like the Best Special Edition Ever (2004)

Napoleon Dynamite argues not only for the experience of being misunderstood, but also the gradual acceptance of knowing one is misunderstood.

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The book is an improvement over the first issue, but still is lacking a lot of what would make it a good story.

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15 Jun 2006 // 1:00 AM

Bobby Bare + Bobby Bare Jr.

Sure, it's a game of old-school show and tell, but who's showing who?

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15 Jun 2006 // 1:00 AM

Quipu by Arthur Sze

Sze is ultimately concerned with the most primary of all relationships: that between the mind and the world.

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15 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Matthew Sweet: Girlfriend

Girlfriend sounds as vibrant and essential as it did when it hit the streets 15 years ago.

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DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince: The Very Best of DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince

Now this is a story all about how hip-hop got flipped, turned upside down. And I'd like to take a minute, just sit right there, as we talk about Jeff and his friend in Bel-Air.

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15 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Mojave 3: Puzzles Like You

Mojave 3 sheds some of their signature weepy melancholy for an album more pop than country.

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George Duke: The Essential George Duke

Looking for some music from the "good ol' days"? Want to see what all that '70s fuss is about? Have you recently cleaned out your closet and rediscovered your Afro pick, bellbottoms, or photos of your disco-era dance moves? If that's even a "maybe", then this is the release for you.

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15 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Albert Lee: Road Runner

Guitarist Albert Lee's latest album is filled with covers, but with covers that the British guitarist makes into his own quite easily and effectively.

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15 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Pinmonkey: Big Shiny Cars

Pinmonkey's latest album is perfectly pleasant, but is so safe that it makes no inroads into the listener's mind, body, or soul.

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15 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Dumptruck: Haul of Fame

A band with nothing close to a hit still offers a compelling case as one of the best bands of the '80s and beyond.

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15 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Harvie S.: Funky Cha

Serious fun, jazz and Latin in full joyful marriage, nothing superficial about it.

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15 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Loka: Fire Shepards

What happens when familiar Ninja Tune jazz and breakbeat elements get rewired for live instrumentation with a post-rock slant? Greater flexibility allows for arrangements that can seamlessly progress, but just as seamlessly lose focus.

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