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Various Artists: Musics In The Margin

A 25-track compilation of artists, scientists and ordinary people -- most of which you've never heard of -- creating sound and art on the most gut level of honesty and sincerity.

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Fiona Boyes and the Fortune Tellers: Lucky 13

Aussie guitar phenom cuts a joyous swath through electrified raunch, haunted 12-bar vamps, New Orleans swing and rockabilly stomps... if you didn't see the album cover, you'd swear she was black, 50-something and weighed at least 300 pounds.

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6 Nov 2006 // 1:00 AM

MSTRKRFT: The Looks

The Canadian Daft Punk won't be topping Discovery anytime soon.

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5 Nov 2006 // 11:00 PM

Dirty Projectors: New Attitude EP

The seven new attitudes on display here seem to maintain a vague veneer of folk, but also lurch between electronic blip accompaniment, noisy backup vocal arrangements, sudden falsetto, oozing cello drone, scratchy keys-and-flute jams, and operatic orchestration reminiscent of the last full-length.

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The Channel: Tales From the Two Hill Heart / Sibylline Machine

In the absence of the Elephant 6 collective, the Channel turn out to be pretty likable.

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Ellegarden: Riot On The Grill

A very good album from a band that you probably never heard of.

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Tim Buckley: The Best of Tim Buckley

How does Rhino's The Best of Tim Buckley play for someone just discovering Buckley's work? It affords a well-compiled introduction to an artist who created art fearlessly, on his own terms, restlessly swimming against the tide.

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5 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Malajube: Trompe-LOeil

It's pronounced mal-a-zhoob, by the way.

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Lupe Fiasco: Food and Liquor

On his debut album, a rapping Rumpelstiltskin spins style, social commentary, and skateboarding into hip-hop gold.

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5 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Brent Gorton: Brent Gorton

Typical lo-fi fare given just enough edge by a dose of innovation.

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Cradle of Filth: Thornography

Oh, I get it! It rhymes with 'pornography'!

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5 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Kasabian: Empire

Although the material here won't get you hooked like "Club Foot", Kasabian are back with a vengeance. That is, a spacey, hippie-tinged, and occasionally horn-laced vengeance.

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5 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Snowden: Anti-Anti

Snowden's got a lot of buzz, but this shoegaze-y guitar band is too wrapped up in themselves to be really affecting.

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5 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Peter Ostroushko: Postcards

A Prairie Home Companion artist spreads his wings on instrumental collection.

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Steffen Basho-Junghans: Late Summer Morning

German painter and fingerpicker spins sunny landscapes on steel-string guitar, drawing on folk, blues and raga styles.

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3 Nov 2006 // 2:00 AM

Fuckpony: Children of Love

The most exciting thing about Fuckpony is its name.

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Four Hours Sleep: Love Specifics

Four Hours Sleep is a very capable Australian outfit that makes very crisp and credible adult contemporary pop. A song like “I Know I Shouldn’

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The Dead Science: Crepuscule with the Dead Science

On this creepily creeping EP, the Dead Science barter in weirdness more so than musicality and fail to connect.

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Various Artists: Why the Hell Not…: The Songs of Kinky Friedman

Kinky Friedman has written an impressive body of tunes over the years, doing the Lone Star state proud.

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Moby: Go: The Very Best of Moby

Although there is no disputing the quality of the music on display, Go adds up to nothing so much as a big, fat missed opportunity.

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