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The Robot Ate Me: Good World

The Robot Ate Me's 2005 release, Carousel Waltz, was safe, catchy, and easy to like; their latest, Good World, makes no such pretences.

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Katharine Whalen: Dirty Little Secret

Former Squirrel Nut Zipper takes some risks abandoning her jazz chanteuse modus operandi.

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7 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

John Ralston: Needle Bed

John Ralston obviously loves power pop and melodies, so what could be better than combining the two for a truly stellar debut album? Fans of everyone from Eliott Smith to XTC would be wise to remember the name.

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Tengir-Too: Music of Central Asia, Volume 1: Mountain Music of Kyrgyzstan

The nomadic Kyrgyz music of the mountains becomes a new nomadic sound in the emporium of world music.

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7 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Ministry: Rio Grande Blood

Like cheap rot-gut, Al Jourgensen gets nastier with age. This is a no-holds-barred rant, both lyrically and musically, targeting the man they call Dubya.

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Taylor Eigsti: Lucky to Be Me

Taylor Eigsti deserves attention; he's a passionate pianist of apparently large jazz potential.

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7 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Weepies: Say I Am You

Please don't weep for the Weepies. Deb Talan and Steve Tannen might not tear the roof off with their sweet folk/pop, but you'd be a fool not to see what they are able to deliver.

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	The Mae Shi: Lock the Skull, Load the Gun [DVD]

LA spazz punkers show off film school/animation skills in 30-video set, but if you want to see the Mae Shi in action, you're better off buying show tickets.

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6 Jun 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Disappointment Artist by Jonathan Lethem

As the Eggerses and Safran Foers of the literary hype machine take childlike pranksterdom and surreal folk tales to often dazzling, uncharted heights, Lethem writes from a less ambitious but no less affecting point, imbuing well-worn genres with an almost paralyzing intimacy.

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6 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Omen (2006)

By the time poor Kate visits a shrink who embodies all the institutional and moral restrictions she faces daily, you're wanting everyone to jump off rooftops, preferably with nooses.

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be your own PET: be your own PET

If you rolled be your own PET and the Grates together you'd get the perfect girl-led spaz-punk debut.

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Stuart A. Staples: Leaving Songs

On Leaving Songs, Stuart A. Staples infuses his melancholic compositions with dashes of country and vintage R&B, perfectly complementing his body of work with Tindersticks.

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Lesbians on Ecstasy: Giggles in the Dark - The Remixes

A good remix manages the neat trick of succeeding on its own terms while also shining a complimentary light on its source.

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6 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Tolcha: Gestalt

Release your inhibitions and embrace the darkness.

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6 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Dub Trio: New Heavy

NYC dub/newly-hardcore outfit attempts to move forward by looking back to the Clash and Bad Brains. And bringing in Mike Patton.

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6 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Various: Turkish Groove

I want shine. I want bubblegum shine. I want beautiful men and handsome women.

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Alexi Murdoch: Time Without Consequence

This may not be the most defining folk album of the new millennium, but Alexi Murdoch's career is off to one hell of a start.

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Oriental Sunshine: Dedicated to the Bird We Love

Sugary, vintage psychedelia so light it's in danger of blowing away.

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The Wild Wild West: The Complete First Season

Constructed on a base of likeable characters, the tenor of The Wild Wild West changed from episode to episode, as directors and writers interpreted the world as they wish.

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NCIS: The Complete First Season

Bellisario's cast, dialogue, and wild collection of jokes, in-jokes, and meta-jokes, however? These are such stuff as dreams are made of.

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