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22 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Boy Detective Fails by Joe Meno

Meno's writing is clever and whimsical, yet a feeling of quiet solemnity pervades.

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22 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Libertine (2004)

Rochester is "a beaten man," observes writer-director Laurence Dunmore, "Whilst he sort of knee-jerks the defiance."

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22 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Cheikh Lô: Lamp Fall

Mostly sunny, while still retaining the bite of musicians playing with intensity, and well-produced without any gimmickry, Lamp Fall is at the top of the Afro-pop ranks.

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Ben Watt: Buzzin Fly Volume III

On his annual mix, Watt features more of the chill but often chilly deep house that's made Buzzin' Fly's name -- and staves off a 'challenge', too.

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22 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

SCSI-9: The Line of Nine

This is fine, technically precise production quality from a Moscow scene that shows much promise.

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Various Artists: Live at KEXP, Vol. 2

KEXP fundraising compilation delivers quality performances from some of indie rock's hottest talents...but takes very few chances.

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The Lovekill: These Moments Are Momentum

The gritty, seedier side of power punk... straight out of Cleveland.

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Controlling the Famous: Automatic City

Sadly, the story of how the album title came to be is more interesting than the music itself.

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Carina Round: Slow Motion Addict

The UK singer-songwriter continues to find her own voice on the follow-up to the impressive The Disconnection.

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Test Icicles: The Dig Your Own Grave EP

The epilogue to the band with the ridiculous name is an engaging enough remix EP.

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Substance Abuse: Overproof

While Substance Abuse have something to say, they may need a little more than flow to do it right.

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21 Aug 2006 // 4:00 AM

Prince Diabaté: Djerelon

Upbeat, but with a blue-toned soul, Prince Diabaté's latest CD is well worth hunting down.

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21 Aug 2006 // 2:00 AM

The Dagons: Reverse

While a two-gendered duo might look suspiciously calculated at first glance, the Dagons have been plying their trade for the better part of a decade

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21 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Silent Hill (2006)

"It was Christophe's vision that Rose is very much a normal person in this un-normal world," says Radha Mitchell.

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When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

When the Levees Broke, elegant and anguished, encourages you to see, and more importantly, to care about and act on what you see. It is political in the most significant sense, and won't let you forget it.

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21 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Pound for Pound by F.X. Toole

When F.X. Toole went into the hospital for heart surgery in 2002 with 900 pages of the unfinished manuscript that would become Pound for Pound, he said, 'Doc, get me just a little more time, I gotta finish my book.' He didn't get it.

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21 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Punisher: The Slavers

Well crafted, gruesomely violent, and genuinely fun tales about some of the darker sides of our society.

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Obie Trice: Second Rounds on Me

Obie goes all-the-way gangsta in an attempt to add a minute or two onto his rapidly expiring 15.

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21 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Govt Mule: High & Mighty

Today's best all-around guitar player keeps moving laterally in the move toward being a great songwriter…'til then it's still music for musicians and jam culture, though it transcends both labels.

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The Avengers 62 - Complete Set

A festive concoction of leather-clad espionage, noir, and '60s pop art kitsch.

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