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17 Oct 2006 // 2:00 AM

Remote Islands: Smother Party

Owen Pate's one-man lo-fi orchestra concocts overstuffed, understructured ditties for half an album, then resolves into clarity near the end.

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17 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Guy Clark: Workbench Songs

Guy Clark is a man of deep feelings with strong powers of observation. He knows how to put across a line with a straight face and then follow it with a crooked twist to show deeper shades of meaning.

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Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton: Knives Dont Have Your Back

A softer delivery perhaps, but a message that is still sharp as nails.

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Jeannie Ortega: No Place Like Brooklyn

The good news? Move over J. Lo, it looks like Jeannie's on the block. The bad news? The block is hot, percolating, twirking, and full of haters who sport bling.

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Fandango, Duende y Taraf: Las Tres Orillas del Atlantico

This group of five musicians takes its inspiration from three kinds of music: Spanish (that’s the fandango part), Mexican (duende), and Moroccan (taraf). The

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17 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Mosquitos: Mosquitos III

The Mosquitos is a New York City group through and through, cannibalizing any and all musical cultures to try to create something new! and fresh! and cool!

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Two Dollar Guitar: The Wear and Tear of Fear

All ghostly traces and cauterized sentiments, Tim Foljhan's fifth full-length as Two Dollar Guitar considers love's aftermath in ten hauntingly minimal songs.

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17 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Uton: Mystery Revolution

Well, you could blast it out your windows at Halloween...

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Majority One: Rainbow Rockin Chair

Two unjustly obscure 1960s pop-psych bands from England get a fresh opportunity to be heard.

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Kansas City Frank Melrose: Bluesiana

The jazzman Frank Melrose was possibly murdered by the mob. His cornet partner Pete Daily fled to Canada after testifying at the inquest. In 1940, they'd recorded demo discs of their dream band, playing Chicago jazz. 66 years passed...

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Under Byen: Samme Stof Some Stof

Danish dream pop group may be mysterious to North American ears, but is nonetheless gorgeous.

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16 Oct 2006 // 6:00 AM

Bears: Bears

Cleveland may rock, but the musical Clevelanders known as Bears prefer to revel in pure pop goodness on their self-titled debut. The group’s blend

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Rural Electric: The Road To Hell Is Paved

Maine, while famous for many things, has never been considered a hotbed of anything, except maybe potatoes. And lobster. So Maine is a hotbed of

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Various Artists: Tiny Idols, Vol. 2

Snowglobe Records’ second attempt to bring back to light some of the lesser-known treasures of the ‘90s indie-label pop-rock scene is just as satisfying as

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Keith Jarrett: The Carnegie Hall Concert

Solo piano again -- but glorious again.

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16 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

TM Juke: Forward

Adventurous but not reckless, TM Juke's latest release is a skillful and soulful mix of jazz, hip-hop, funk, and downtempo electronica.

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Goodbye Tomorrow: Goodbye Tomorrow

Short but sweet EP offers three promising earnest modern rock tunes.

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Ray LaMontagne: Till the Sun Turns Black

Singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne finds his way out of his cabin only to get lost in the background of his sophomore release.

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16 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lady Sovereign: Public Warning

The major complaint is that we've heard so many of these tracks before. Most of her previous singles appears pretty much unchanged from their original form. Is this enough? It is, and here's why.

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Various Artists: Underground Hip-Hop Volume 4

A compilation whose name says everything (and nothing).

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