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Flourescent Grey: Lying on the floor mingling with god in a Tijuana motel room next door to a veteri

Fluorescent Grey challenges the distinction between sound and music, crafting found sounds into textures that may or may not be songs, but are consistently interesting.

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6 Sep 2006 // 2:00 AM

Dust Poets: Lovesick Town

Canadian indie folk-pop band returns with a set of weird, sentimental tales that hit just so.

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The MTV Video Music Awards 2006

To think: the most water-cooler-worthy moment of VMA 2006 was done by some guy pulling a prank. Maybe there is hope for next year's show, after all.

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6 Sep 2006 // 1:00 AM

Justice

'Justice', as defined by the series, is directly proportional to spin, and spin costs money.

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Iron Maiden: A Matter of Life and Death

The British metal legends defy the odds yet again on their strongest album in 18 years.

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6 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Danity Kane: Danity Kane

Unsurprisingly, the debut from graduates of Sean 'Diddy' Combs's Making the Band reality show matches spotless production with over-processed, faceless singing. This would make the ideal soundtrack for artificial insemination.

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6 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Tuvalu by Andrew OConnor

Instead of seeking to make his own environment more humane and liveable, Tuttle seems to imagine that what he needs is more isolation, rather than less. Impotence wins again.

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6 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Prison Break - Season One

Fox's preposterous prison serial cranks the lunacy and thrills up to 11 in its oversized and rollicking inaugural season.

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Headlights: Kill Them With Kindness

The full-length by this Midwest trio comes on the heels of their phenomenal debut EP. Will lightning strike twice?

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Psalm One: The Death of Frequent Flyer

Psalm One has the fire, the flow, and the charisma to succeed -- once she finds the production, she'll fly.

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6 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

2UP: Teenage Mondo Crash

2UP makes the most out of tiny timeframes and maximum chaos.

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6 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

JPP: Artology

Artology is not radically different from JPP's earlier releases, but the group is, as always, reliably excellent.

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Cairo Gang, The: The Cairo Gang

Don't look now, but there's a gang from Cairo on the loose. Well, they're really from Chicago, and they bring with them a sound that falls somewhere between Wilco and the Velvet Underground if they wore beads.

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cephas and wiggins: Shoulder to Shoulder

Melodic Virginian blues in the old style, broadened in repertoire, but everything personal, nothing routine.

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Nethers: In Fields We Will Lie

DC's Carlsonics find true calling in freak folk reveries and dark rural pop

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5 Sep 2006 // 6:00 AM

Malachi Constant: Pride

Direct from Minnesota come Malachi Constant, a group that has continued to evolve over the course of its three albums and eight years as a

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Orbit Service: Songs of Eta Carinae

Songs of Eta Carinae tempers a large helping of dark psychedelia with enough catharsis to keep it from becoming tedious.

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Label comp for the Portland, Oregon indie imprint Paisley Pop collects 24 songs from 24 artists I've never heard of.

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Various Artists: DJ Deep presents City 2 City Vol. II

The task of mixing a quintessential journey through American house genres falls to... a Frenchman?

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5 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Urban Nightmares by Steve Macek

Macek dissects with profound disappointment and regret the effects of victim blaming, repressive law enforcement policies, and scapegoating of urban residents by conservative pundits, politicians, news media, and popular culture.

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