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14 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Amor Fati: Love Fate

“I would have wanted more collaborators,” writes Amaury Perez, “but everyone is busy so DIY.” For an almost one-man outfit (he has help from a

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14 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Xiu Xiu: The Air Force

The Air Force is, without a doubt, Xiu Xiu’s best album and grandest statement.

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Josephine Foster: A Wolf in Sheeps Clothing

A free folk release that transcends even that label to acheive true freedom.

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13 Sep 2006 // 6:00 AM

Helios: Eingya

Acheiving that fleeting balance between prettiness and interest, Helios delivers a lush instrumental that actually engages the heart.

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13 Sep 2006 // 4:00 AM

Gomma Workshop: Cantina Tapes

Italian Surrealist Cartoon Music for the Soul.

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13 Sep 2006 // 2:00 AM

Good Riddance: My Republic

Punk band hasn't changed much in a decade, for better and worse.

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The Mars Volta: Amputechture

Go ahead. Give it the patience it deserves.

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13 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Two Ton Boa: Parasiticide

I don’t think I’ve ever heard a band with two bass guitars sound less funky.

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13 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Fleshies: Scrape the Walls

Fleshies make great music -- until Jello Biafra makes an unwanted appearance.

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David Kimbrough Jr.: Shell-Shocked

At question is whether a musician can extend things in this or that direction, and very possibly the performer of "Shell Shocked" can.

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13 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Freeheat: Back on the Water

Let's be honest. A good portion of this record will tease your endorphin receptors the way all those great Mary Chain songs did.

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Shawn Colvin: These Four Walls

A glut of singer-songwriters are vying for attention in 2006, but it would be a shame to forget an artist whose two-decade career has likely inspired a flock of imitators.

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13 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Hilltop Hoods: The Hard Road

You can't think of Australian hip-hop now without running into these guys, and they're a perfect touchstone for anyone remotely curious about what this term "Aussie hip-hop" even means.

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Mojoe: Classic.Ghetto.Soul

This San Antonio, Texas, duo's got the right vibe. Now they need stronger lyrics and patient fans.

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Messer für Frau Müller: Triangle, Dot & Devil

Russian neo-lounge act's camp and kitsch belies its complex sampling and arrangements.

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The Husbands: Theres Nothing Id Like More Than To See You Dead

YOU try telling these primal r'n'r gals that women can't be Husbands.

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Silent Civilian: Rebirth of the Temple

Spineshank is to Fear Factory as Silent Civilian is to...

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12 Sep 2006 // 2:00 AM

Mint: Magnetism

Belgian group's second album is full of college radio-friendly charming pop.

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Eric Matthews: Foundation Sounds

If you get off on the link between Aaron Copland and Eric Matthews, then more power to ya! But I'd rather build my house on good old solid rock (& roll), instead of Eric Matthews' Foundation Sounds.

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Yo La Tengo: I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass

Reviewing this album is like trying to describe a cool and sunny Sunday afternoon -- no liberal expenditure of adjectives and verbs can recreate the experience of just sitting and taking it all in while relaxing.

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