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Bound Stems: Appreciation Night

Take Pavement's arch sloppiness and cross it with post-rock's abstraction, apply for a library card and toss in a couple of Prozac et voila: the Bound Stems.

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Stereolab: Serene Velocity: A Stereolab Anthology

Stereolab's discography is a maze, and this is meant as a guidebook. But it's missing a few pages, at least.

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Our Brother the Native: Tooth and Claw

Teenagers get artsy, and with it, pretentious and boring.

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Amen Andrews: Amen Andrews Vs. Spac Hand Luke

Luke Vibert dons the camouflage for his latest project: a visceral, sometimes compelling Scarface done electronica style.

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Jim Lauderdale: Country Super Hits Volume One

If one heard this album on a crowded dance floor or a noisy barroom where the words were indistinct, one would be mightily impressed with Lauderdale’s overall grace and style.

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Mia Doi Todd: La Ninja: Amor and Other Dreams of Manzanita

Underappreciated Los Angeles singer-songwriter experiments with remixing, to, well, mixed results.

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20 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Jonny Lang: Turn Around

Who knew that his music would get better with time, or that he'd prove himself not only as a talented guitarist, but as a solid songwriter and vocalist?

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Artimus Pyledriver: Artimus Pyledriver

An album like this should leave us happier than a hog knee-deep in slop, but instead, we realize we're surrounded by nothing but, well ... slop.

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19 Sep 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Finches: Six Songs EP

Simple but assured, this EP sets the stage for a promising career from the Finches.

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19 Sep 2006 // 10:00 PM

Radio Birdman makes welcome return -- and reminds us why rock 'n' roll has survived for half a century -- on Zeno Beach.

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The Meeting Places: Numbered Days

It sounds like a cross between The Jesus and Mary Chain and The Byrds.

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Innerstance.Beatbox: Tekniques EP

On this teaser EP, Innerstance.Beatbox provides an eclectic array of beats to give a complex taste of what he has to offer.

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19 Sep 2006 // 4:00 AM

Kad: Société

You can thake the French ex-pat out of his home, but you can't take the home out of his music.

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19 Sep 2006 // 2:00 AM

Pants Yell!: Recent Drama

Sweet pop angst-turned-apathy with just enough tongue in cheek to charm.

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The Cardigans: Super Extra Gravity

The Cardigans' welcome return to form finally gets an American release.

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Arling & Cameron: Hi-Fi Underground

The po-faced genre-jumbling that is supposed to enliven this record has already been done better, and somewhat fresher, recently.

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Magnolia Electric Co.: Fading Trails

Good songs culled from four different sessions for four different albums makes Magnolia's latest scatterbrained and unsatisfying.

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19 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Jim Noir: Tower of Love

Tower of Love hums with 60s pop brilliantine and childhood nostalgia, its easy grace and catchy melodies difficult to resist

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19 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Pretty Flowers: Pretty Flowers

Garage punk band has some skills, but they're buried under murky production.

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Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials: Rattleshake

An heir to the so-called "reincarnation of Elmore James", Ed Williams, A1 blues slide guitarist, rocks blues in a strong little combo -- live!

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