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Swimming Pool: Good Old Music

On their second album, the German duo capture all the elements of classic dance music save one -- human beings.

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20 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Curtains: Calamity

Ex-Deerhoof guitar slinger steps out on his own with an album not dissimilar to that of his former colleagues.

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19 Oct 2006 // 8:00 AM

Lindstrom: Its a Feedelity Affair

It’s hard to believe this is Lindstrom’s debut; but then again, it’s really a collection of previously released vinyl singles. Nice to

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Miss Violetta Beauregarde: Odi Profanum Vulgus Et Arceo

I love you Miss Violetta Beauregarde! Even though you probably don’t love me because you are an Italian punk rocker electronic yelling girl who

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The Anderson Council: The Fall Parade

Superlative paisley pop with swirling guitars, buoyant bass lines and sunny vocal harmonies...the only thing different is that the girls wearing go-go boots are killers.

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19 Oct 2006 // 2:00 AM

Wordburglar: Burglaritis

If nothing else, the boy's got spunk.

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19 Oct 2006 // 1:20 AM

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Duel

The Duel uses the three Bs: the bitching, the backstabbing, and the breasts.

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19 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Snakeskin Shamisen by Naomi Hirahara

Hirahara's detailed characterization makes these old-timers so real, we can imagine her borrowing from a deaf great-uncle here or a forgetful grandfather there.

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19 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Shuteye #1-2

It is rare that someone can tell a story that truly creates in the reader a need to keep thinking once the story has ended.

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Cold War Kids: Robber & Cowards

More than just being an impressive debut, Robbers & Cowards may be a harbinger of things to come from these Reagan baby blues rockers.

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Damien Jurado: And Now That Im in Your Shadow

Everybody leaves, gets left, or worse... within the stories told on this stark, sad, gorgeous album.

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19 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Police: Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out [DVD]

Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out is more effective as a nostalgia trip for people intimately involved in the early days of The Police than as a telling work of cultural history.

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Beaten Awake: Lets Get Simplified

Indie collaboration group mixes it up for mostly good results.

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Monsieur Leroc: Im Not Young But I Need The Money

Monsieur Leroc is the guy who bought the DJ Shadow "Wanna-be-a-producer?" plastic playset -- and managed to do pretty impressive things with it.

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Randy Brecker with Michael Brecker: Some Skunk Funk

A reprise of the best of the Brecker Brothers Band, with the aid of the WDR Big Band

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The Brecker Brothers: Sneakin Up Behind You

The Legacy Signature Series profiles the NY sound of mid-'70s funk-fusion.

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19 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ojos de Brujo: Techarí

Ojos de Brujo is back with an excellent third album that blends traditional flamenco with diverse styles, ranging from hip-hop to reggae.

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Luna: The Best of Luna and Lunafied

In Luna, Dean Wareham quipped his way through New York's arty-boho, high-society set over a cinematic soundscape of catchy melodies, guitar textures, and chugging Velvet Underground-inspired rock.

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Dan Melchior: Fire Breathing Clones on Cellular Phones

Billy Childish collaborator Dan Melchior rips the world another one with scorching blues rock vamps and lacerating lyrics.

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