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Greg Brown: The Evening Call

Yeah, Brown's vocals are so goddamn weird that they get the brunt of a listener's attention. The voice seems to come from somewhere deep in his stomach and get strangled by his liver, lungs, and kidneys on the way to his mouth. That's a good thing.

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Underground Orchestra: Active Ingredient

Jazz-fusion mush that is just ordinary.

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The Hylozoists: La Fin Du Monde

The vibraphone is probably the uncoolest member of the percussion family.

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24 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Brian Bromberg: Wood II

Jazz bass wizardry so astonishing that it is mostly pointless.

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24 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Moonspell: Memorial

The Portuguese metal veterans deliver a sublime exercise in goth doom and gloom.

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James Figurine: Mistake Mistake Mistake Mistake

Jimmy Tamborello, aka Dntel, takes Figurines techno-pop, the more laptop-lo-fi and intricate sensibilities of his Postal Service and minimal house-inspiration from a German trip to

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Alan Singley and Pants Machine: Lovingkindness

"Nice" has just been redefined to also mean "visceral".

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More Animals of the Arctic: An Appendix of Whaling Terms

A quirky, psychedelic affair full of hymns of outsider Americana.

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The South Jersey Seashore Lifeguard Convention Band: Wave Goodbye

The South Jersey Seashore Lifeguard Convention Band’s new EP packs two weeks worth of vacation experience into less than 20 minutes. It’s got everything:

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23 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Alec Empire: Futurist

If ever the United States needed a prophet of unrestrained and articulate politicized anger, it's now.

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23 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Rick Ross: Port of Miami

Miami rapper channels your local multiplex.

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23 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Boy Kill Boy: Civilian

Have you had enough of '80s new wave yet? No? Well, then, Boy Kill Boy may have just the catchy hooks to tide you over until the new Killers album drops.

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Patricia Barber: Mythologies

Jazz pianist, vocalist, and writer Patricia Barber plays it too cool on the overly restrained Mythologies.

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23 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Sam Roberts: Chemical City

Take Dylan's scratchy vocals, channel it through Springsteen's pop grandeur, and throw some of Lennon's psychedelia on for good measure... but Chemical City still manages to disappoint with those ingredients.

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23 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Edgar Meyer: Edgar Meyer

The classical bassist with a woodsy bent indulges his inner folkie by overdubbing mandolin, dobro, guitar, piano, and gamba in a series of pastoral tone poems.

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The Goldstars: Purple Girlfriend

When you think of Chicago, garage rock doesn’t come to mind, but the Goldstars mix a bit of soul and Booker T. into the

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Clouds Forming Crowns: Race To The Blackout

No more GBV? Don’t worry dear people, you still have Pollard! And you also have Clouds Forming Crowns -- a shaggy, ragged and at time joyous offshoot of what once was GBV.

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Drift Yellow Swans: Drift Yellow Swans

Bay Area noise duo Yellow Swans’ latest is, as ever, released under a new band name in their ongoing attempt to confound record store attempts

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22 Aug 2006 // 6:00 AM

Over The Atlantic: Junica

New Zealand laptop/guitar pop duo craft Postal Service-like ballads that flow a little too smoothly by

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22 Aug 2006 // 4:00 AM

Maino: King of the City

Keeping it gully is so important to Brooklyn rapper Maino that on “Paper Gangster” he actually says, “you rap / that ain’t that hard to

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